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Windows 7: Velociraptor

07 Mar 2011   #1
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 
Velociraptor

I have a few programs that could REALLY benefit from a faster drive, but I don't want to go with an SSD for several reasons. Currently I have a WD drive with 7200 RPM 16 MB cache. How much faster would this drive be?

Newegg.com - Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


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07 Mar 2011   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I would say in real life usage, probably about 10-15% improvement. It will be noticeable, but not night and day.
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07 Mar 2011   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You might want to consider one of the WD Black drives instead. I've read some reviews that place them on par with the Raptors, yet they offer more capacity for a lower cost.
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07 Mar 2011   #4
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
You might want to consider one of the WD Black drives instead. I've read some reviews that place them on par with the Raptors, yet they offer more capacity for a lower cost.
Actually the Rapter is faster, but I don't think it's that much ahead to consider giving up space in place of speed.

One thing I would say is to stay away from the Caviar Black SATA 6 drives (64mb cache) though they are slightly faster than their 32mb cousins, they are considerably louder. See my thread here - SATA 6 WD Caviar Black 1TB

On the other hand I can't imagine the Rapter being any quieter since it runs at 10,000 RPMS!
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07 Mar 2011   #5
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
On the other hand I can't imagine the Rapter being any quieter since it runs at 10,000 RPMS!
I've got two of these as my boot drive in two different machines. They're great. I have much larger 7200RPM SATA drives for data, but I wanted the 10KRPM speed and MUCH faster access times for the OS.

I can say that they are almost silent. It's amazing.

Also, I would recommend getting it from Amazon rather than Newegg... only $89 plus free shipping and no sales tax (Newegg charges tax if you live in CA).
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07 Mar 2011   #6
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows i7 920 View Post
I have a few programs that could REALLY benefit from a faster drive, but I don't want to go with an SSD for several reasons. Currently I have a WD drive with 7200 RPM 16 MB cache. How much faster would this drive be?

Newegg.com - Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
It will be faster, compared to older WD 7200 RPM 16 MB cache drives.
Compared to drives out now like the WD Black series and the Samsung HD103SJ,
not that much faster.
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07 Mar 2011   #7
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
Also, I would recommend getting it from Amazon rather than Newegg... only $89 plus free shipping and no sales tax (Newegg charges tax if you live in CA).
Yeah I thought that 120 dollar price range was a bit high.

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07 Mar 2011   #8
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Well it sounds as if this thread is handled, nice work guys.
Fabe
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07 Mar 2011   #9
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Well it sounds as if this thread is handled, nice work guys.
Fabe
Thanks
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07 Mar 2011   #10
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
You might want to consider one of the WD Black drives instead. I've read some reviews that place them on par with the Raptors, yet they offer more capacity for a lower cost.
Actually the Rapter is faster, but I don't think it's that much ahead to consider giving up space in place of speed.

One thing I would say is to stay away from the Caviar Black SATA 6 drives (64mb cache) though they are slightly faster than their 32mb cousins, they are considerably louder. See my thread here - SATA 6 WD Caviar Black 1TB

On the other hand I can't imagine the Rapter being any quieter since it runs at 10,000 RPMS!

yikes! The 3 gb/s Blacks are loud enough when seeking that I took a hit in performance enabling the Auto Acoustics mode in the two I use for data!
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