We give the new VelociRaptor the works, including Short Stroke testing!
It’s been a long while since we’ve looked at a hard drive, and how fitting that it be a new model of the Western Digital VelociRaptor! Western Digital appears to be on a somewhat fixed 2-year cycle with these, as out 600GB VelociRaptor Review went up two Aprils ago, and the 300GB two years prior to that. Well then, let’s take a look at this new model!
(from left) 300GB, 600GB, and finally the 1TB VelociRaptor
Here’s the old school VelociRaptor logo (from back when they were less than 100GB!)
This new unit nearly doubles the capacity of its predecessor. VR lines had previously started on a capacty track that followed on doublings of the original 36GB unit. 72GB followed, then 150GB, 300GB, and finally 600GB. This unit makes the switch to multiples (and sudivisions of) 1TB, bringing things more in-line with other spinning storage. The 600GB model introduced SATA 6Gb/sec and that remains here, though we expect many improvements to the drives internal architecture to take greater advantage of it.
These will likely be available without the IcePack cooler – but only for dedicated enterprise rack mount applications where cooling is a plenty. Consumers should keep the VelociRaptor seated on its 3.5" cooler.