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Old 03-01-11, 07:01 PM
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Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

I recently built my own machine, and slapped in a 500GB Western Digital Blue SataII drive. Decent performance, but clearly not a speed demon. I'm considering getting a faster boot drive, and wanted to know if anyone here has used/compared/has opinions on the WD Black and Velociraptor drives. I know both carry a 5 yr warranty....is the Velociraptor worth the price difference? I do not game very much...more for general computing. Also, any concerns about the noise levels?

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Old 03-01-11, 07:15 PM
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

How about spend $100 on a small SSD boot drive? Talk about blistering fast!
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

yeah, an SSD is going to smack a regular hard drive around and make it call him daddy.
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

I have a WD Black drive now as my primary drive. Quiet and fast. I wouldn't use a velociraptor myself...I can do without the noise and heat for not enough benefit.

If you have money to burn, SSD is a good option. Just outside my price point at the moment.
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

I have a 1TB Black drive and like it. I would go SSD instead of looking at a Raptor.
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

You look like you might live near a Microcenter

Pick up this

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0351760

use it for your OS and Apps, put all your data on your existing 500GB drive

For $100, you couldn't possibly do anything else to make more of an improvement.

I am using an SSD (slightly faster than the MC one I linked to) as an OS / Apps drive with a 1TB WD Black as the data drive, Windows 7 boots in 12 seconds, apps open instantly

The over all PC experience is greatly improved.
Old 03-02-11, 10:36 AM
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

Velociraptor is not worth the money. I have the 150GB and 300GB versions. Have done it in RAID 0 configiuration. The SSD will blow any spindle drives outa the water.
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

Yep, raptors are worthless at this point. Get an SSD, I put one in my laptop, best single upgrade ever.
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

Another vote for SSD.
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

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Yep, raptors are worthless at this point. Get an SSD, I put one in my laptop, best single upgrade ever.
A laptop is where I have the biggest problem with an SSD. So little capacity and you don't really have the option of a data drive.
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

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A laptop is where I have the biggest problem with an SSD. So little capacity and you don't really have the option of a data drive.
you can always carry a portable 2.5" drive.
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

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you can always carry a portable 2.5" drive.
I really wouldn't want to be dependent on doing that.

I think I'll need SSDs somewhat larger for me to use one in a laptop. Desktop would be ok with 128GB. I only have a 150GB Raptor there and don't tend to keep more than 100GB on it anyway for ease of backup.
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

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A laptop is where I have the biggest problem with an SSD. So little capacity and you don't really have the option of a data drive.
Some of the 17" models have room for 2 now, I just ordered a few precision 6500's. They'll have an 80gb boot/apps ssd and a regular 320gb drive for whatever else.

I have a 120gb in mine, it's plenty sufficient for what I need to have portable. Between the NAS at home for large data and ipod for music, I don't need to carry much on the laptop itself.
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

What's the MTBF for the new SSDs these days?
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Re: Looking for faster HD- considering WD Black and Velociraptor

Originally Posted by 4KRG View Post
You look like you might live near a Microcenter

Pick up this

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0351760

use it for your OS and Apps, put all your data on your existing 500GB drive

For $100, you couldn't possibly do anything else to make more of an improvement.

I am using an SSD (slightly faster than the MC one I linked to) as an OS / Apps drive with a 1TB WD Black as the data drive, Windows 7 boots in 12 seconds, apps open instantly

The over all PC experience is greatly improved.
I appreciate the heads up on the MicroCenter deal- yes, I am close to one and may look at their branded 64G SSD.

Thanks all for the insight

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