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qube
06-06-08, 09:05 AM
According to several sources close to the hard drive industry, Western Digital is working on a 20,000 RPM Raptor hard drive to combat the increasing pressure from SSD manufacturers.

We have spoken to a lot of people out here in Taipei about this industry’s direction and one thing is becoming clear: SSDs are going to be affordable in the next 12 to 18 months.

Because of this, hard drive manufacturers are starting to get a little worried about what marketshare SSDs might eventually take away from them—especially where performance is more of a concern than storage capacity.

And that’s exactly what Western Digital’s Raptor line is all about.

The new drive will be very similar to the recently-released VelociRaptor, in that it’ll be a 2.5in drive with a custom 3.5in housing built around it. Details are incredibly light at this stage, given that the product is still in development, and we don’t even have a release timeframe at the moment.

However, our sources said that the drive will be ‘silent’ – that’s the last thing I would have expected from a drive with platters spinning at 20,000 RPM. Western Digital is apparently working on silencing the beast by improving the housing technology, which will now not just act as a heatsink, but also as a noise cancelling device. We’d also hope that the drive enclosure has some vibration dampening technology as well, because that’s also likely to be a problem given the high spindle speeds.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=190257
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2008/06...0-rpm-raptor/1

Madpistol
06-06-08, 02:30 PM
20k RPM drives???!?!?!?!

If they can be competitive with SSD's, be reliable, and affordable, then hell yea!

CAUTION
06-06-08, 02:55 PM
20k RPM drives???!?!?!?!

If they can be competitive with SSD's, be reliable, and affordable, then hell yea!

I agree but I hope they are bigger Drives like at least 300gigs of storage. Or count me out of the equation on purchasing one of these puppies.

mullet
06-07-08, 12:20 AM
Holy **** 20,000 RPM, I wouldn't want to be around when that puppy cuts loose.

CaptNKILL
06-07-08, 12:42 AM
I'm not so sure this is the right direction to be going with drives. Extra high density solid state drives seems like a better long-term solution than ridiculously fast spinning disks.

SH64
06-07-08, 03:08 AM
That should be awesome for the OS drive! .. can't see how it will be silent though :eek2:

Dazz
06-07-08, 05:48 AM
Burst speeds will be huge.

qube
06-07-08, 08:20 AM
i think i will get one if they rel it this year

stncttr908
06-07-08, 08:36 AM
I'm not so sure this is the right direction to be going with drives. Extra high density solid state drives seems like a better long-term solution than ridiculously fast spinning disks.
Agreed. WD, put your effort into SSDs please!

Dazz
06-07-08, 08:37 AM
SSD's are the future but not for the time being intill prices become more mainstream. 20,000rpms will be pretty damn good, latency will be about 2.5ms which is pretty low for a mechanical drive.

Feyy
06-07-08, 09:28 AM
Yes please :D

Hopefully this reaches the market soon