Western Digital Velociraptor 1TB Hard Drive

Western Digital Velociraptor 1TB Hard Drive

In terms of high storage and performance Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB is an ideal choice. The drive delivers top performance with durability. For servers, storage is one of the most important aspects that cannot be ignored. On the same hand it is also quiet important to choose the right hardware. There are many product variations in the market that are sold with cheesy offers. But do they really perform well in the long run? So it is important that you must verify the products by going through various test and reviews on web and in the end you can get a satisfactory result.

 

In this review we are going to discuss about Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB hard drive. The name VelociRaptor itself belongs to a performance series of Western Digital hard drives. Easy to use with regular SATA interface it delivers 6GB/s data transfer speed and a power efficient circuit. We will check out in detail why one should go for Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB. The drive just does not give you high storage but 10000 RPM that delivers a performance near to SSD. WD promotes the drive with three important features. They are Ultra Fast, Rock Solid Reliability and High Capacity. As I said that due to 10,000 RPM and 64MB Cache the drive is capable of giving you performance which is near to SSD. The test that we performed gives us a 74Mb/s second of data transfer speed on SATA 3GB/s interface. Around 16GB data was copied from an old 7000 RPM drive to the VelociRaptor. At that point it is easy to figure out why the drive is an ideal choice for power users.

 

WD has taken special care in putting the drive under a casing. The casing offers two important supports to the hard drive. First one is made from heatsink materials to keep the drive cooler and second one is a rugged body for rough usage. It does not mean that the drive is shockproof or unbreakable. It is a bit strong compared to the regular drives. This gives a sort of relief while using it on servers. Other drives get damaged very easily while moving them from place to place. The head crash is common due to moving parts in it. But tightly enclosed in the mounting pack makes it a powerful storage solution. There are three size variant available. Which his 250GB, 500GB & 1TB with 64MB Cache.

 

 

Features:

  • Ultra-Cool Operation : Lower Power usage that keeps the drive cooler on high performance
  • IcePack Mounting Frame: Inbuilt heatsink to boost drive cooling.
  • Pre-Emptive Wear Leveling (PWL):  Reliable operation to ensure that read/write operations perform well.
  • Advance Format (AF):  More Hard Drive Capacity and efficient media format.
  • Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF): Reduce vibration and offer more reliability.
  • No Touch Ramp Load Technology: Protects the head from crashing.
  • RoHS Complaint: Environment friendly material used.

 

Specification:

  • Interface : SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Rotational Speed : 10,000 RPM (nominal)
  • Buffer Size : 64 MB
  • Load/unload Cycles : 600,000 minimum
  • Buffer To Host (Serial ATA) : 6 Gb/s (Max)
  • Capacity : 1 TB
  • User Sectors Per Drive : 1,953,525,169
  • Operating Shock (Read) : 65G, 2 ms
  • Non-operating Shock : 300G, 2 ms
  • Temp Operating : 41° F to 131° F
  • Temp Non-operating    -40° F to 158° F

 

Design:

 

The design has some unique additions that make Velociraptor 1TB drive a powerful storage house. In the images you can see that the drive is locked inside a 3.5” bay. This mounting frame holds a 2.5” hard drive inside it. The drive holds a high storage size, and also WD has embedded some features that make it a reliable drive. The more storage simply means more platter and there are increased chances of getting head crash. Also the platters rotate at the speed of 10,000 RPM which is quiet high and failure can be common. But with loaded features, VelociRaptor becomes a reliable hard disk under high storage. Some of the important features are RAFF and NoTouch RAMP Technology. These things take care of keeping the moving parts safe to some extent. The drive is a ideal solution for those who look for a storage that lies well between performance, price and reliability. Or else it would be more difficult to find out a product that gives you everything at one place.

 

SATA III 6GBps interface is good enough to give you data transfer at great speed. The 2.5” drive inside gives us a glimpse of how portable it is. IcePack Mounting Frame is another important feature of VelociRaptor. Called as WD IcePack it is not provided on all models. This pack gives the drive ultra cooling feature making it reliable to work under high temperature. It has a heatsink type platform to absorb the heat out from drive and allow staying it cooler.  From design point of view the drive is reliable and robust. The connectivity is very simple and there are no additional bays or latches provided on it. It is a plain drive that is fitted on the IcePack frame that makes it a rugged storage solution.

 

 

Performance:

 

There is more to talk about the performance. Here if we are using a drive that is reliable for storage then that simply means, it would be used for long hours. For backup and server level storage, the network is always active. So there is no place for a low grade device. VelociRaptor offers a balance between performance and reliability.  As per the specification of VelociRaptor the operating temperature is between 5 to 55 degree celcius. We are testing this on room temperature where it lies between 25 to 35 degree Celsius. We are constantly monitoring the same through a temp monitor software that gives a satisfactory result.

 

Advanced Format, RAFF and NoToch Ramp load Technology are three unique features that gives VelociRaptor to work on any condition. The Advance Format offers a 4096 byte physical adapter compared to 512 byte. Many OS may not recognize 4096byte physical adapter, but the drive emulates the same as 512byte. This gives boost to the drive performance. The Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward is another innovative feature to keep the drive safer from frequent crashes. The more the drive is used the more it vibrates and that can cause a head crash or data loss. But RAFF deals with the process to reduce the same at maximum. It is designed for enterprise environment where performance and reliability matters the most.  And at last the NoToch Ramp load Technology enhances vibration protection and protects the head.

 

Conclusion:

 

VelociRaptor belongs to High Performance Series of Western Digital Hard Drive. There are more models available under VelociRaptor series which offers you a 2.5” and 3.5” drive in various storage sizes. The storage solution lies from 250GB to 1TB.   VelociRaptor is an ideal solution for those who are looking for a durable storage solution. It is not a gaming hard disk. With maximum 10,000 RPM it gives nice data transfer speed. And 64MB cache offers a quick access to different applications.  According to Western Digital, VelociRaptor is one of the most reliable drives. It is durable enough to give you a maximum failure protection. VelociRaptor features 1.4 million hours MTBF.  The storage size is 1TB which is more than enough for a small and mid range server. Also you can use multiple drive if you are having a bigger network.  The drive is designed to handle large data transfer which is widely used in video processing and animation.

 

WD offers 5 year warranty on the drive. The price of this drive lies between Rs.15,000 to Rs.19,000. VelociRaptor is designed to work with servers. It is not a drive for gaming or personal use. But if you need maximum reliability then you can go for it.

 

Pros:

  • 5 Year Warranty
  • IcePack mounting frame
  • 10000 RPM
  • Highly Reliable
  • Advance Format, RAFF and NoToch Ramp load Technology

 

Cons :

  • Not for gaming
  • Recommended for Server Storage.

 

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