WD is now shipping WD VelociRaptor™ hard drives, the next generation of its
10,000 RPM SATA “Raptor” series of drives. The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor
drive is enclosed in the IcePack™, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in
heat sink. WD VelociRaptor hard drives will be shipping exclusively through
Alienware this month and will be available through the company’s online store
and at select distributors and resellers mid-May. MSRP for the WD VelociRaptor
300 GB is $ 299.99 USD.
WD® (NYSE: WDC) announced today that it is now shipping WD VelociRaptor™ hard
drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA "Raptor" series of drives.
Designed with an enterprise-class foundation, the new WD VelociRaptor hard drive
is modified specifically for PC and Mac® enthusiasts and professional
workstations. Destined to become the new high-performance favorite of these
groups, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive comes packed with twice the capacity and
a 35 percent performance increase over the previous generation.
From the bloodlines of the WD Raptor, the most popular hard drive for
high-performance enthusiasts who demand the ultimate SATA drive, the WD
VelociRaptor hard drive is built with enterprise-class mechanics and packs 300
GB of storage capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor. The 2.5-inch WD
VelociRaptor drive is enclosed in the IcePack™, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a
built-in heat sink — a customization that fits the drive into a standard
3.5-inch system bay and keeps this powerful drive extra cool when installed in a
high-performance desktop chassis.
"Demand for ever-higher PC performance continues to increase and WD is the
leader in this category with the WD Raptor. We created WD VelociRaptor hard
drives to lead PC enthusiasts into the next era of PC and Mac storage
performance and satisfy their insatiable thirst for computing speed," said Tom
McDorman, vice president and general manager of WD’s enterprise business unit.
"The new WD VelociRaptor delivers the greatest performance and reliability of
all SATA hard drives currently on the market."
WD VelociRaptor is the next step up for the speed-craving PC enthusiast, and as
with all WD drives, attention to detail in features, performance and reliability
is a top priority. Features of the new WD VelociRaptor hard drives include:
Killer Speed – Built on the performance of the WD Raptor, these 10,000 RPM
drives, with SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and 16 MB cache deliver mind-bending
Rock-solid Reliability – WD VelociRaptor drives are designed and manufactured to
business-critical, enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability
in high duty cycle environments. The design results in the highest available
reliability rating of any SATA drive at 1.4 million hours MTBF.
IcePack Mounting Frame – The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drives are enclosed in a
3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a built-in heat sink that keeps
this powerful little drive extra cool when installed in high-performance desktop
Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF™) – Optimizes performance when the drives
are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.
SecurePark™ – Parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up,
spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never
touches the disk surface, resulting in improved long-term reliability and
increased drive protection when the chassis is moved.
Price and Availability
WD VelociRaptor (model WD3000GLFS) hard drives will be available on Alienware’s
high-performance ALX gaming desktop by the end of April. At launch, Alienware
will offer maximum performance with two 300 GB WD VelociRaptor hard drives in
RAID 0 configuration on www.alienware.com. WD VelociRaptor hard drives will be
shipping exclusively through Alienware this month and will be available through
the company’s online store (www.shopwd.com) and at select distributors and
resellers mid-May. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD
VelociRaptor 300 GB is $ 299.99 USD. More information about WD VelociRaptor hard
drives may be found on the company’s Web site at