Posts Tagged ‘WD’

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Western Digital has been flaunting its VelociRaptor for some time now, but the drive you’ve been slamming into towers is now available for low-power, high-performance blade server applications. The 2.5-inch, 10,000RPM enterprise SATA drive (WD3000BLFS) is specially designed to fit snugly within 1U and 2U rack servers, and aside from consuming 35% less power than the previous Raptor drive, this one is available with up to 300GB of capacity. You’ll also find 16MB of cache and a 1.4 million mean time before failure rating, though you won’t be able to procure one until later this month for an undisclosed price.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

According to, Western Digital is working on a 20,000 RPM Raptor hard drive to combat the ever-increasing pressure from SSD manufacturers. As the experts claim, SSDs are going to be affordable in the next year. HD manufacturers are starting to get concerned about what such SSD’s could do to the market in the near future, especially in the sectors where performance is more important than storage capacity. Western Digital’s Raptor will be very similar to the recently-released VelociRaptor (a 2.5in drive with a custom 3.5in housing system). The drive will be ’silent,’ in spite of the impressive spindle speed (20,000 RPM). The device manages to be so quiet thanks to new improvements in housing technology, which work both as a heatsink and as a noise inhibitor.