Western Digital RaptorWD1500 hard drive Review

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Western Digital RaptorWD1500
150GB 10,000 RPM Hard Drive Review

When the time comes to upgrade your existing hard drive or if your current drive fails you might consider buying a Western Digital RaptorWD1500. With a 10,000 RPM spindle speed, 16MB cache, 4.6ms average seek time, and 84 MB/s (Sustained) transfer rate, this 150GB SATA drive packs a huge punch for the price blowing most SCSI drives out of the water in terms of performance when using RAID 0.

You can find the Western Digital RaptorWD1500 around the $150.00 mark now and they are in fact really fast, benchmarked using HD-tach this drive achieved: 90MB/s read speed and 134.3MB/s burst speed! Whether your into burning, ripping or watching High Definition movies, extreme bleeding edge gaming, creating picture slide shows, DVD’s, VCD’s, CD’s, or expressing your creative side with music and MP3’s, this drive will not disappoint.

The overall size of the Western Digital RaptorWD1500 might not be as large as you want, but for the speeds the RaptorWD1500 offers I would make this drive your systems primary hard drive hosting your operating system and then go with a larger drive for data storage. If you couple this drive together with another RaptorWD1500 in a RAID 0 you can achieve 90%-110% performance gains over other more expensively priced SCSI drives and without any of the headaches that come along with setting up SCSI cards and drivers.

Some Features worth mentioning

  • One of the better features would be the 1.2 million hours MTBF(mean time between failure), the western digital raptorWD1500 drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity 3.5″ hard drive.
  • The Western Digital RaptorWD1500 drive comes equipped with SATA data and power connectors and offering a 4-pin molex power connector for use with the older ATX power supplies.
  • 5-year warranty as an enterprise-class drive.

It is recommended that you have a case fan positioned somewhere near the Western Digital RaptorWD1500, I’ve found it gets pretty warm during normal system use. If used in a server environment or in any RAID configuration I would definitely have a fan placed behind these drives. Heat is a killer when it comes to electronics and keeping everything cool will help increase the lifetime of your equipment.

If you want something with that “little extra”, Western Digital has this drive with a transparent crystalline polycarbonate window on the cover allowing you to see through to the platters, called the Western Digital Raptor X 150GB. The raptor-X has the same specs as the Western Digital RaptorWD1500 150GB 10,000 RPM Hard Drive, it just sports a fancy viewing window.


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