Western Digital Velociraptor 1TB WD1000DHTZ: Is it worth it?

Published on June 8th, 2012

Western Digital, one of the leading company in producing storage drives, has unleashed an upgraded version of its famous Velociraptor lineup, the WD Velociraptor 1TB. The new 1TB Velociraptor WD1000DHTZ is a state-of-the-art drive with super fast read and write speeds ideal for high performance use. The new WD Velociraptor 1TB delivers an unmatched combination of performance, capacity and reliability, which makes it still the undefeated and ultimate drive for power users. So the question now is, is it really worth your money? Let’s check out its features, specs, comparison with SSD and who is it for.

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Western Digital Velociraptor 1TB WD1000DHTZ Features

  • Ultra fast
  • Rock-solid reliability
  • High capacity
  • Ultra-cool operation
  • Advanced Format (AF)
  • IcePack mounting frame
  • Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF)
  • NoTouch ramp load technology
  • Environmentally conscious
  • Pre-emptive Wear Leveling (PWL)

WD Velociraptor 1TB WD1000DHTZ is ideal for:

  • High performance computing
  • 3D rendering
  • digital content creation and editing
  • Scientific Computing and image processing

WD Velociraptor 1TB WD1000DHTZ Specs

Performance Specifications
Rotational Speed: 10,000 RPM (nominal)
Buffer Size: 64 MB
Load/unload Cycles: 600,000 minimum
Transfer Rates
Buffer To Host (Serial ATA): 6 Gb/s (Max)
Physical Specifications
Capacity: 1 TB
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
User Sectors Per Drive: 1,953,525,169
Physical Dimensions
Height: 1.028 Inches
Depth: 5.787 Inches
Width: 4.00 Inches
Weight: 1.10 Pounds
Environmental Specifications
Operating Shock (Read): 65G, 2 ms
Non-operating Shock: 300G, 2 ms
Idle Mode: 30 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 0: 37 dBA (average)
Temperature
Operating: 5° C to 55° C
Non-operating: -40° C to 70° C
Electrical Specifications
Read/Write: 5.10 Watts
Idle: 4.20 Watts
Standby: 1.10 Watts
Sleep: 1.10 Watts

WD Velociraptor vs SSD (Solid State Drives)

Now here is another big question, Should I buy Western Digital Velociraptor 1TB WD1000DHTZ or buy I should get a Solid State Drive instead? My answer (opinion) is plain and simple. SSD or Solid State Drives are generally faster than hard drives, and yes, they are even faster than WD Velociraptor. There is no question about it. But SSD are insanely expensive. The OCZ Technology 1TB Octane SATA 6 GB/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive is around $2,700 USD. While the Westerd Digital Velociraptor 1TB is only $285 USD. Even the Crucial m4 2.5-Inch SSD SATA 6Gb/s CT512M4SSD2 which has a capacity of only 512GB is around $400 USD. Did you get what I mean? It’s price vs capacity vs performance.

If you are looking for an ultimate performance, very fast read and write speed and you are willing to spend that much, then go for an SSD. But if you are looking for a storage drive with larger capacity, has faster speeds compared to a hard drive (almost SSD performance) and not as much as expensive as a SSD, then go for WD Velociraptor.

Check out my Western Digital Velociraptor 1TB review.

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