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Western Digital WD Raptor: new 10,000rpm Serial ATA hard drive

Today Western Digital officially announced new 10,000rpm WD Raptor hard drive family, being the market-first to support Enterprise Serial ATA (ESATA).

New WD Raptors feature large MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) of about 1.2 million hours, 5.2ms average read seek, up to 150Mb/s buffer to host transfer rate and the 5-year warranty.

Shipments of WD Raptor drives are expected in the late February. The initial capacity (WD360GD model) will make 36.7Gb.

WD Raptor WD360GD additional specifications:

  • Average read seek: 5.2ms
  • Track-to-track seek: 0.7ms
  • Full stroke read seek: 10.2ms
  • Average latency: 2.9ms
  • Buffer: 8Mb
  • Drive ready time: 7s average
  • Dimensions: 25.4x147.0x101.6 mm
  • Weight: 0.73 kg
  • Non-operating shock: up to 250G
  • Operating shock: up to 20G (write), up to 65G (read)
  • Idle mode noise: 32dBA
  • Seek mode noise: 36dBA

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