Published On: April 22, 2012

Western Digital VelociRaptor Hard Drive Reaches New Performance Peak for Home Theater PCs

Published On: April 22, 2012

Western Digital VelociRaptor Hard Drive Reaches New Performance Peak for Home Theater PCs

If you are looking to upgrade the hard drive in your home theater PC, Western Digital has just provided a very viable solutions with the company's VelociRaptor series of hard drives, which operate very fast.

Western_Digital_VelociRaptor_Hard_Drive.jpgWestern Digital just announced it is now shipping the new WD VelociRaptor 1 TB hard drive, the latest addition to its hard drive family, reportedly the largest capacity 10,000 RPM hard drive on the market today. Designed for high-performance PCs, Mac computers and professional workstations that require a balance of high performance and capacity, the WD VelociRaptor drive is a favorite among enthusiasts and creative professionals. The WD VelociRaptor will also come in capacities of 500 GB and 250 GB.

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The WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drive comes in the IcePack enclosure, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with built-in heat sink - a factory customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps the powerful drive extra cool when installed in a high-performance desktop or workstation system.

Features of the WD VelociRaptor hard drives include:

Super speed - SATA 6 Gb/s interface and 64 MB cache optimize the 10,000 RPM WD VelociRaptor.

Higher capacity - WD VelociRaptor SATA hard drives employ Advanced Format Technology to achieve capacities up to 1 TB.

Ultra-cool operation - Consumes less idle power and uses similar active power as the previous generation WD VelociRaptor while offering greater capacity and performance.
Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) - Optimizes operation and performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.

NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection when in transit.

Environmentally conscious - In addition to being RoHS-compliant, this generation of WD VelociRaptor is also a halogen-free design.

WD VelociRaptor hard drives are available now at select distributors, resellers and e-tailers, and come with a five-year limited warranty. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD VelociRaptor 1 TB is $319.99 USD, the 500 GB version is $209.99 USD, and the 250 GB version is $159.99 USD.

Additional Resources
• Read more media server news from Home Theater Review.
• Learn more in our Media Server Review section.
• See Andrew Robinson's review of the SilverStone LC20 PC case.

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