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Who's going to be first to run your laptop with this?

Who's going to be first to run your laptop with this?

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RaptorEye I can already see it now.  Someone is going to pull the 2.5" Western Digital VelociRaptor™ 300GB 10,000rpm drive from the IcePack™ frame and stuff it in a laptop.  I wonder if it's even possible.

Or if that doesn't work, I wonder if this baby will go in a standard 3.5" eSATA enclosure.  Again, someone will try.  Heck, who cares.  I'd like this drive to be my OS drive in my Dell XPS 420.  I see a new Windows Vista backup and restore in my future.

Here's some information directly from Western Digital on this little predator:

  • Killer Speed – Built on the performance bloodlines of WD Raptor, these 10,000 RPM drives, with SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 16 MB cache, deliver mind-bending performance. Not only are they 35% faster than the previous generation of WD Raptor drives, but they also beat out all other competitors in the field.
  • Rock-solid Reliability – Designed and manufactured to mission-critical enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments. With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives have the highest available reliability rating on a high-capacity SATA drive.
  • Double the Capacity – State-of-the-art technology packs twice the capacity per disk compared to its older brother WD Raptor, resulting in 300 GB of high-performance storage space in this enterprise-class drive.
  • IcePack™ Mounting Frame – The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor is enclosed in a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive extra cool when installed in a 3.5-inch drive bay. Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF™) – Optimizes operation and 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.

See the product info @ http://www.wdvelociraptor.com/.

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  • Damn, I so want one!!! That is like one whole paycheck for me, and ~2 math books. Maybe someday.

    I'd like to see you do a comparison of ACHI vs IDE, just because I like your benchmarking, and because no one has really done a good job at figuring out which is better. Maybe even do the comparison with that velociRaptor.

  • Keith wrote:

    > I can already see it now.  Someone is going

    > to pull the 2.5" Western Digital Veloci-

    > Raptor™ 300GB 10,000rpm drive from the

    > IcePack™ frame and stuff it in a laptop.  I

    > wonder if it's even possible.

    It's possible but you void the 5 year warranty if you do it. If the laptop is not well ventilated I think you are going to destroy it because of extra heat-buildup. Look at the pictures from the heatmeasurement:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/HDD-SATA-VelociRaptor,1914-4.html

    If you put it in your sub-notebook i think it will race around the table, because of the inertia of the drive. We could start a sub-notebook race league!

    > Or if that doesn't work, I wonder if this

    > baby will go in a standard 3.5" eSATA

    > enclosure.

    It depends on the enclosure, if the connectors is seated on some form of print it probably won't work. If the connectors is made with small cables it probably will work, or can be tweaked to work, look at the picture at the bottom of this page and note how the connectors are configured in comparison to a normal 3.5" disk:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/HDD-SATA-VelociRaptor,1914-6.html