WD's Raptor Serial ATA drives to hit retail

— 6:45 AM on May 16, 2003

It looks like Western Digital will be bringing its 10,000RPM "Raptor" Serial ATA hard drive to retail shelves to give PC enthusiasts easy access to the Enterprise-class hard drive. The drive's retail package will contain a 36GB drive and a Serial ATA interface card from SIIG, and will retail for a cool $250.

Honestly, $250 for a 36GB retail kit feels a little steep. Bare Raptor drives are available on Pricewatch for under $160, but for the same price one can pick up a Serial ATA drive from Seagate that has three times the storage capacity. Of course, the Raptor's warranty gives users four more years of coverage and it's a faster drive overall, but it may be too small for broadband-equipped enthusiasts accustomed to larger drives.

Coupling a smaller but faster system drive with a larger, slower drive dedicated to downloads, media files, and the like is an easy compromise, but what if you had to choose? Could you live on only 36GB of storage space?

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