Before solid-state drives (SSD), Western Digital's Raptor family of hard drives had always been the fastest internal drive for consumers. And spinning at 10,000 RPM, these drives are still very fast though offering less storage than other 7,200rpm hard drives.
That gap has just gotten narrower; the company announced today the latest VelociRaptor hard drive that caps at 1TB of storage space.
While 1TB seems small compared with other 3.5-inch hard drives that offer up to 4TB, the new VelociRaptor, like the previous two generations, actually comes in the 2.5-inch standard. However, it is extra thick and has an added metal frame to be as physically big as a regular 3.5-inch hard drive.
WD says the new hard drive leverages enterprise-class mechanics to provide 24-7 durability under high-performance workloads, and is especially useful for applications that require a lot of writing to disk, such as video editing and digital content creation and management. These are applications where SSDs, with their limited program cycles, show weakness.
Specs-wise, in addition to spinning at 10,000rpm, the new VelociRaptor supports SATA 3 (6Gbps) and sports 64MB of cache memory. According to WD, the drive also offers ultracool operations, requiring less power than previous generations. It comes with Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) technology that optimizes operation and performance when the drives are used environments that have lots of vibration, and NoTouch ramp load technology that is designed to improve life span of the drive by ensuring that the recording head never touches the media.
The new VelociRaptor hard drive is available now in 1TB, 500GB, and 250GB capacities that carry the price tags of $320, $210, and $160, respectively.