SSDs are great, they offer speeds that were previously only seen from system RAM for long term storage but their one weakness is price.  While that price doesn’t sting quite so much when you are looking to purchase a 60GB SSD for your OS drive, those who need several hundred gigabytes of storage are going to need to dig deep in their pockets if they want an SSD.  That is where the expansion to WD’s Velociraptor line comes in as they have just released a 600GB model that is priced under $0.50/GB.  That gives you plenty of space and for a spindle based drive this particular line has always rated highly for its speed.  Drop by Tech ARP to see just how impressive the doubling of storage capacity, buffer size and even interface speed is.
“Western Digital may be marketing their new VelociRaptor family of high-speed hard drives as enterprise-class hard drives but they are also very popular with hardware enthusiasts who just cannot resist their 10,000 RPM spindle speed.

To cater to this exclusive group of enthusiasts, Western Digital first introduced the Raptor and Raptor X hard drives with capacities of 36 GB to 150 GB. These Raptors evolved into the first-generation Western Digital VelociRaptor hard drives with twice the storage capacity in a much smaller 2.5″ drive form factor.

Western Digital has since introduced an improved version of the VelociRaptor, with double the storage capacity and support for SATA 6 Gb/s. The new VelociRaptor 6 Gb/s is available in storage capacities of 450 GB or 600 GB.

Today, we will look at the Western Digital VelociRaptor 600 GB hard disk drive – the WD6000HLHX, which comes with the IcePack mounting frame. Let’s find out how well this drive performs”

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