Tech ARP stumbled upon a nice trick at Techware Labs and improved it.  The initial mod involved taking a 1.5TB Barracuda and changing the LBA table to make the drive think it is only 300GB, which made it about 30% faster that a Velocirapter in their testing.  TechARP simply repartitioned the drive into a 300GB and a 1.2TB partition.  The 300GB portion achieved the speed increase and using a partition means that you don’t loose out on the storage space you paid for in the first place.

“That’s a really catchy title, isn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to turn a “slow” 7,200 RPM hard disk drive into a super-fast 10,000 RPM Western Digital VelociRaptor? After all, the 300 GB model of the much- vaunted HDD speed king retails for US$ 199.99, while a 1.5 TB Barracuda 7200.11 only costs US$ 109.99. Imagine getting the performance of the VelociRaptor with the capacity and price of the Seagate Barracuda!

The guys at TechwareLabs came up with an apparently nifty way to “transform” the 1.5 TB Barracuda 7200.11 hard disk drive into a VelociRaptor-killer. But before you go rushing out to grab yourself a 1.5 TB Barracuda 7200.11 hard disk drive, please note that their mod basically involves crippling the Barracuda…”

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