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WD VelociRaptor Becomes Fastest SATA Hard Drive

Western Digital Corporation announced on Monday that it is now shipping th new WD VelociRaptor, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA “Raptor” series of hard drives.

WD VelociRaptor is a modified hard drive specifically for PC and Mac enthusiasts and professional workstations. Destined to become the new high-performance favorite of these groups, the hard drive comes packed with twice the capacity and a 35 percent performance increase over the previous generation.

The fast SATA 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 drive is enclosed in the IcePack, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink.

“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 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive 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.

VelociRaptor comes with SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and 16 MB cache deliver mind-bending performance and with SecurePark which parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off.

The new Western Digital hard drive will be available in May for a price of $299.99.