Fast VelociRaptor SATA Hard Drive Ships

WD announced that it is now shipping WD VelociRaptor hard drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA "Raptor" series of drives.

Announced in April, it is designed with an enterprise-class foundation, and is modified specifically for PC and Mac enthusiasts and professional workstations.

The hard drive comes packed with twice the capacity and a 35 percent performance increase over the previous generation.

It is built with enterprise-class mechanics and packs 300 GB of storage capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor. It is enclosed in the IcePack, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink -- a customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps the drive cool when installed in a high-performance desktop chassis.

These 10,000 RPM drives are built on the performance of the WD Raptor, with SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and 16 MB cache. The drives are designed and manufactured to business-critical, enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments. The design results in the highest available reliability rating of any SATA drive at 1.4 million hours MTBF.

Its Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) feature optimizes performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.

Its SecurePark Parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface, resulting in improved long-term reliability and increased drive protection when the chassis is moved.

The drives are also available at select retail stores and online retailers at the price of US$387 for 300 GB capacity.

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