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Created:Thursday, November 8, 2012
Members: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 19:02 eastern (790 days ago)
Public: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 19:02 eastern
Expiration:unknown (click this link)
Heat level:this is a good deal
Countries:available in USA
Details:600GB 10,000rpm Hard Drive $100

Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB 10,000rpm Hard Drive is on sale for $100 today. Few people will have a need for a 600GB hard drive that costs $0.17 per GB (most hard drives go for $0.04 to $0.06 per GB), but the 10,000rpm speed means its access time is better than most hard drives, and very good for large databases. This is an enterprise-class drive, so it includes a 5 year warranty (most hard drives include a 1, 2, or 3 year warranty).

Hard drives will not be as fast as a Solid State Drive (SSD), but SSDs are more expensive (around $0.50 to $0.80 per GB), and are susceptible to performance degradation especially after thousands of hours of heavy writes/deletes of data. When an SSD is used with a hardware RAID controller though, performance degradation can happen quicker because hardware RAID does not support TRIM.

What does all this mean? For a server (such as a webserver, database server, or a computer that needs fast performance and great reliability), hard drives are recommended and 10,000rpm drives will perform better. For a personal computer (such as a desktop or laptop), an SSD would be perfect because of its fast performance, quiet operation, reliability, and gives off zero heat. If you do need a lot of storage in your computers, look into a 2TB or 3TB drive which will have pretty good performance and a great value at around 4 cents per GB., Western Digital
Categories:computer hardware, data storage

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