Western Digital working on 20,000rpm HDD to rival SSD?

By on June 6, 2008, 12:05 PM
Solid state drives may have their benefits when it comes to reliability, speed, low power consumption, and small dimensions. But the storage market is mainly driven by cost-per-gigabyte, and in that regard, SSDs still can’t compete with traditional spinning hard disk drives.

In light of this, Western Digital is reportedly developing a 20,000rpm Raptor hard drive – twice the speed of its current Raptor lineup – to counter the increasing popularity of SSDs. The drive is apparently a 2.5-inch model with a custom 3.5-inch ‘caddy’ similar to that of the recently announced VelociRaptor, which will act as both a heatsink for cooling and provide a stiff frame to counter vibration and to help with noise-reduction as well.

One particular drawback in today’s energy-conscious times, however, is that a 20K drive would need more electricity to spin it. But I can imagine enthusiasts who demand nothing but the best when it comes to performance would gladly buy one of these beasts.




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Obi-Wan Jerkobi said:
I bet that if they made the 20,000 dollars with one disc platter, that it could be possible to let the drive run at that speed without shredding stuff up. :P They do only have to platters on the WD Caviar SE 640GB so if they put a 320GB Platter on this drive...:D
TimeParadoX said:
Wouldn't it be impossible to have such speeds without it shredding the materials inside the HDD? I tried spinning a CD drive faster than standard speeds and it shattered the CD I had inside. :D
emrandsl08 said:
I dont think this drive will have 1TB version.Maybe, 150GB or max of 250GB. i am not an expert,but as far as i have seen the 10,000 RPM hard disk are of that size.
fullmetalvegan said:
Except for the new VelociRaptor will is 10kRPM and 300GB, pushing the boundaries. XD
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