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Raptor X 150GB Pre-Order Now!!!

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Slackworth, 17 Jan 2006.

  1. Slackworth

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    Available to pre-order now, we have the latest hard drive from Western Digital - Raptor "X" 150GB WD1500AHFD 10,000RPM SATA 16MB Cache. This drive has the same features as the enterprise 150GB WD1500ADFD Raptor but now has a clear lid exclusive to WD allowing you to see the internals of the drive while they work.

    Pre-order this drive now if you want to get them first!
     
  2. LewisStuart

    Mobster

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    Location: Fife

    £50 for a window :eek:
     
  3. hedgey

    Wise Guy

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    £1.33 per gig.
     
  4. pabloB

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    I'm sorry, but that's utterly rediculous. How can you see the window when it's in most cases anyway?

    Am I the only one that doesn't really get this concept?
     
  5. SiriusB

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    I share your inability to comprehend spending money on a window no one will ever see lol

    SiriusB
     
  6. smids

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    The window doesn't bother me, some people will pimp their rigs :rolleyes: however what does bother me is the MTBF of 600,000 hours as opposed to 1,200,000 hours of the server version. I'm not sure, but I read TLER (Time-limited error recovery IIRC) will not be on the Raptor-X but is on the server version - useful for those running RAIDs of these.
     
  7. Ken

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    I hope this doesn't become the norm with manufacturers sacrificing performance, reliability, silence, whatever it is, for aesthetic reasons. I think the majority of enthusiasts couldn't care less about the window. Clear cases don't seem that popular and I doubt people with aluminium/steel cases will fork out the £40 extra and cut out a window from their top panel with the Raptor X mounted on the top 5.25" drive bay. It seems the Raptor X isn't going to appeal to many. :confused:
     
  8. noxidjkram@hotm

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    Heathens!

    You obviously don't appreciate the beauty of having a sheerly useless, non performance-enhancing window that costs more and has a poorer MTBF.

    Shame on you all. :p

    M
     
  9. jhmaeng

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    Look. It's just another choice - like everything else that is available but you are not interested in, you are free to move on. Whatever turns you on.

    As for sacrificing MTBF for having a useless window... wouldn't be the first time someone put practical benefits down the loo for cosmetic reasons (breast enlargement comes to mind - good to look at, not so good to hold - apparently :p)

    Besides, the picture of Raptor X made me realise (for the first time) just how small the platters are. I knew they were smaller than 7.2k drives, but I didn't realise they would be the size of Gwen Stefani's bosom :o They seem to be about 50%-60% of the size of 7.2k platters.
     
  10. pabloB

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    a ha a reason to spend a ludicrous amount of money on this drive!! Sorry just being cynical.
     
  11. jhmaeng

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    That was an observation, not given as a reason to buy the model.
     
  12. lego

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    thier just targeting a different market, hoping all the case pimps out there will use the drive and have a bit of pr through it. Remember the orac case, you can be sure that would of had a couple of raptor X's in there if they'de been around. And look at the publisity that got.