Velociraptor more elegantly shoehorned into 3.5-inch space

In keeping with Raptor tradition, WD’s VelociRaptor breaks new performance ground for SATA drives by combining a 3GB/s SATA interface with a 10K-RPM rotational speed.  That makes it a nice option for servers, among other things, and WD decided to enhance that proposition by making the VelociRaptor a 2.5" drive.  The drive then adapts to 3.5" drive bays by snapping into a combination drive sled/heat sink/paper weight, if needed.

Trouble is, the power and SATA I/O connectors remain on the back of the 2.5" drive (scroll to the bottom here for a look), completely out of place for a 3.5" hot-swap enclosure to a SAS/SATA backplane.  Tragicomic, one would have to say.

WD saw the dramedy and decided to act.  Behold, today they’ve announced a new version of the VelociRaptor intended to be compatible with 3.5" backplane enclosures.  The new drive appears to nestle into a redesigned drive sled that includes extenders for the power and SATA connectors, as you can see in the picture on the right (Source: WD).

WD says these new drives are now shipping.  No word on whether the person responsible for the original VelociRaptor drive sled was summarily executed, despite persistent rumors.

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    • danazar
    • 11 years ago

    This is one of the funniest (and yet still informative) actual-news posts I’ve read on here. Almost sounds more akin to the humor on Engadget than what I’d expect here.

    Though I welcome the change wholeheartedly!

    • ecalmosthuman
    • 11 years ago

    Very un-Techreport post in a good way, quite funny. Almost read more like a Joystiq post or something.

    • eloj
    • 11 years ago

    Whatever happened to non-512 bytes-per-sector hard drives. Was that just a dream I had?

      • jwb
      • 11 years ago

      Microsoft doesn’t want it, so the industry has effectively killed the idea, or at least put it off for another five years at least.

      • Krogoth
      • 11 years ago

      What is the point of them anyway? Better large file efficiency?

      I doubt the current HDD capacity limits from sectors being too small.

        • evermore
        • 11 years ago

        Fewer sectors for the OS or the drive to have to address could improve performance. Like using larger clusters than the default if you don’t care about slack space. Certainly we’re beyond the days where more than half a kilobyte of possible waste per file is of any concern.

    • 0g1
    • 11 years ago

    I don’t understand why anyone using a desktop would bother with the VelociRaptor. Its like 2% faster than than 640GB WD which has a 13c/gig price. The VelociRaptor is about 90c/gig. You’d have to be an idiot to buy one, unless you run a server serving small files, but even then I dont think its worth the extra cost considering the performance of the 3 640GB WD in RAID 0 would dominate the VelociRaptor.

    • swaaye
    • 11 years ago

    I want a 10k RPM Quantum Bigfoot. The thought of those giant platters turning 10k Rippums is just magical.

      • leor
      • 11 years ago

      mmmm, bigfoot goodness . . .

      • ludi
      • 11 years ago

      Good choice of words, because “magical” is pretty much what it would have to be.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    Ooo I just looked at WD site and the 150GB V-raptor is listed. You can even find them at some etailers but the prices are around $200 and up. Too bad, roll on SSDs.

    • 5150
    • 11 years ago

    So how was the Dr. visit Scott?

      • JdL
      • 11 years ago

      It must have gone well. He has a marked increase in confidence, unflinchingly using such bold terms as “dramedy” and “tragicomic.”

      Loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • maxxcool
    • 11 years ago

    r[

      • eitje
      • 11 years ago

      i don’t think Damage needs “performance-enhacing drugs” to be funny. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Cyril, well… that’s another story!

    • DASQ
    • 11 years ago

    I enjoyed your portmanteau of ‘drama’ and ‘comedy’.

      • crose
      • 11 years ago

      que? it was ‘tragic’ and ‘comic’ .. not dramedy?

        • ecalmosthuman
        • 11 years ago

        …both….

    • Helmore
    • 11 years ago

    “No word on whether the person responsible for the original VelociRaptor drive sled was summarily executed, despite persistent rumors.”

    That made my day, for the 20 minutes that it’ll still last (11:40 pm here).

    • Voldenuit
    • 11 years ago

    Let’s hope the new sled doesn’t make the drive louder than it was bare, unlike the old sled -_-

      • Ethyriel
      • 11 years ago

      And either way, let’s hope it can still be removed from the sled (it looks like it can). It would suck if it couldn’t be put in a 2.5″ Quiet Drive anymore.

      Maybe I got mine just in time.

        • Voldenuit
        • 11 years ago

        Isn’t the Velociraptor thicker than a standard 2.5″ drive?

          • Helmore
          • 11 years ago

          Yes, but it still is within the industry standard specs that are set for a 2,5″ drive. So most 2,5″ drive holders that aren’t meant for notebook use will probably work with it and server 2,5″ drives are usually about as thick.

          • mortifiedPenguin
          • 11 years ago

          Thicker than a standard /[

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