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Western Digital VelociRaptor 600 GB Hard Disk Drive

Western Digital may be marketing their new VelociRaptor family of high-speed hard drives as enterprise-class hard drives but they are also very popular with hardware enthusiasts who just cannot resist their 10,000 RPM spindle speed.

To cater to this exclusive group of enthusiasts, Western Digital first introduced the Raptor and Raptor X hard drives with capacities of 36 GB to 150 GB. These Raptors evolved into the first-generation Western Digital VelociRaptor hard drives with twice the storage capacity in a much smaller 2.5" drive form factor.

Western Digital has since introduced an improved version of the VelociRaptor, with double the storage capacity and support for SATA 6 Gb/s. The new VelociRaptor 6 Gb/s is available in storage capacities of 450 GB or 600 GB.

Today, we will look at the Western Digital VelociRaptor 600 GB hard disk drive - the WD6000HLHX, which comes with the IcePack mounting frame. Let's find out how well this drive performs!

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Model

• WD6000HLHX

Formatted Capacity

• 600,127 MB

Guaranteed Sectors

• 1,172,123,568

Bytes Per Sector

• 512 bytes

Sectors Per Track

• NA

Cylinders

• NA

Platters

• 3 Platters

Read/Write Heads

• 6 Read/Write Heads

Recording Method

• Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR)

Interleave

• 1 : 1

Spindle Speed

• 10,000 RPM

Cache Buffer

• 32 MB SDRAM

Internal Data Transfer Rate

• 145 MB/s (sustained, maximum)

Maximum I/O Transfer Rate

• 6.0 Gbits/s

Average Seek

• 3.6 ms (read)
• 4.2 ms (write)
• 0.4 ms (track-to-track)

Average Latency

• 3.0 ms

Drive Ready Time

• 7 seconds

Interface

• Serial ATA 6 Gb/s

Supported SATA Data Transfer Mode

• 6.0 Gbits/s
• 3.0 Gbits/s
• 1.5 Gbits/s

SATA Hotplug Capability

• Yes

Maximum Height

• 26.1 mm (1.028 inches)

Maximum Width

• 101.6 mm (4.00 inches)

Maximum Length

• 147.0 mm (5.787 inches)

Maximum Weight

• 489 g (1.08 lbs)

Power Requirements

• +12V DC ± 10 %
• +5V DC ± 5 %

Power Consumption

• 6.20 W (Read / Write)
• 4.30 W (Idle)
• 0.70 W (Standby)
• 0.70 W (Sleep)

Ambient Temperature

• 0 °C to 55 °C (Operating)
• -40 °C to 70 °C (Non-Operating)

Maximum Shock

• 30 G @ 2 ms (Read/Write)
• 300 G @ 2 ms (Non-Operating)

Drive Acoustics

• 30 dBA average (Idle Mode)
• 37 dBA average (Performance Seek Mode)

Non-Recoverable Read Errors

• 1 error per 1015 bits read

MTBF

• 1,400,000 hours

Load/Unload Cycles

• 600,000 (minimum)

Warranty

• 5 Years Limited Warranty (OEM or Retail)

 

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