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    WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    Looking at hard drives now that I got my Intel system ironed out
    looking at the WD black edition 640 gig
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136319
    but man this thing is huge too big for a boot drive ? I am considering this or just waiting and getting a 150 gig volciraptor what do you think BWM ? ( or anyone else that cares to chime in )
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    Re: WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    IMHO, never too big for a boot drive as long as you got a backup solution. I think about it like this... the bigger the drive the more dense the os data will be on the platters. keep it defragg'd and average seek times will be very low. I plan on running a pair of WD6400AAKS drives in a raid 1 for a media server so i can retire a bunch of pata drives but the main reason for picking the wd640's is they are great performers and very quiet.

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    Re: WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    If I were you, I'd go for the velociraptor as the OS/App drive and 640GB as the data drive. I always prefer a faster lower capacity disk for OS to a huge one.

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    Re: WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    I have been real tempted by this drive because of the price one guy at new egg is reporting HD tach scores
    WDC black edition:

    Random access: 11.4
    CPU utilization: 2%
    Average read: 104.3 MB/s
    Burst speed: 265 MB/s

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ords%29&Page=2
    Looks almost as fast as a volciraptor and cheeper


    http://members.cox.net/bwm211/velociraptorbenches.html

    EDIT I just pulled the trigger lets see how she does
    Last edited by brothergc; 11-21-2008 at 08:17 PM.
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    Re: WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    For sequential read, yes. But for random access time, velociraptor is twice as fast as this 640GB drive. Random access time reflects more real world performance.

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    Re: WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    Quote Originally Posted by Parn View Post
    For sequential read, yes. But for random access time, velociraptor is twice as fast as this 640GB drive. Random access time reflects more real world performance.
    Oh I dont disagree for a second the volciraptor is king !
    But ya gatta admit that for 85 bucks this black edition is a great bang for the buck and great speeds . I just cant afford a volciraptor right now dang econony means my paychecks suck right now
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    Re: WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    Quote Originally Posted by Parn View Post
    If I were you, I'd go for the velociraptor as the OS/App drive and 640GB as the data drive. I always prefer a faster lower capacity disk for OS to a huge one.
    That is some excellent advice!
    Last edited by CMB; 11-23-2008 at 10:48 PM.

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    Re: WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    Quote Originally Posted by brothergc View Post
    Oh I dont disagree for a second the volciraptor is king !
    But ya gatta admit that for 85 bucks this black edition is a great bang for the buck and great speeds . I just cant afford a volciraptor right now dang econony means my paychecks suck right now
    I agree with you these drives offer enormous amount of value for money. I'm also tempted to get a pair of these black edition or possibly RE3 640GBs to replace the current 400GB RE2 in my server RAID1 array.

    Marmo:
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    Kanon (wife's PC):
    Ci5 6600K + Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Gaming 5 + 2x8GB Corsair 2666 C16 + MSI GTX1080 G+X 11Gbps + 256GB(SSD)/1TB(HDD) running Win8.1 Pro x64.

    Alania:
    Dell Vostro 3460: Ci7 3632QM + HM77 + 6GB DDR3-1600 + Nvidia GT630M + 480GB SSD running Win7 Pro x64.

    Moss (Windows Hyper-V RemoteFX server):
    Ci5 6600K + Asus Maximum VIII HERO + 2x8GB Corsair 2666 C16 + MSI GTX660 TF + 2x2TB (RAID1) HDDs running Win2012 R2 Std. x64.

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    Valis:
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    Re: WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    RE3's in RAID 0 are sweet


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    Re: WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    saw that Blackdragon ! sweet !
    Wonder what the difference between the black edition and the RE3 is ?


    Aslo i have a general question I am making a asumption here that the black edition 640 is using two platters here , I am asuming 2 320 gig platters ? Any one know for sure ?
    Also a generic question concerning hard drives is it better to have multiable platters vs a single platter ?

    EDIT I did find some answers to one of my questions seems that the 640 BE drive is indeed 2x320 GB platters
    Last edited by brothergc; 11-23-2008 at 12:42 PM.
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    Re: WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    found some reviews of the black edition basicly it is the top of the line of western digitals 7200 RPM drives
    http://techreport.com/articles.x/15363
    http://www.storagereview.com/php/ben...1=361&devCnt=2

    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...28723%2C00.asp

    and a vidieo review
    http://www.3dgameman.com/index2.php?...e=0&Itemid=103

    other reviews
    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/rev...l_caviar_black

    From what I am seeing these drives are very close to a volciraptor speeds
    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...2328729,00.asp
    Last edited by brothergc; 11-23-2008 at 12:37 PM.
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    Re: WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    Black Dragon , from what I am seeing these drives are so close to a volciraptor it isn't even funny considering the price of a volciraptor . I mean it costs more , less space , and the avantages of the Volciraptor are small in price VS proformance . Now I do agree that the volciraptor is faster but I gotta think is it 100 bucks worth of faster for a 150 gig drive ?
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    Re: WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB vs a Volciraptor

    just got it installed , windows is real snappy getting this in HD tach
    Random access: 11.4
    CPU utilization: 2%
    Average read: 97 MB/s
    Burst speed: 255 MB/s
    not too shabby for a 7200 RPM drive
    I did have some kind of issue , I let windows xp instal disk format the drive , took 90 minutes and something went wrong , I got to the screen where i enter my cd key and next boot it was a BSOD , did a quick wipe of the boot sector and reformatted with the WD floppy disk and that fixed that .
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