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Western Digital Raptor X 150GB HDD

A hard drive with a view

High performance access to file storage

Review The Western Digital Raptor, possibly the most talked about hard drive among the PC performance community, but why would you even consider buying a 36 or 74GB hard drive? Well, most people wouldn't, but with the introduction of the latest Raptor products Western Digital has remedied this problem to a certain degree by upping the drive size to 150GB...

Raptor X 2

This might still seem tiny in comparison to the latest generation of desktop drives that topple the scale at 500GB, but a Raptor drive is so much more than your average HDD - it's a freak of nature in its own right as it sits between the SATA and SCSI market. With a spin speed of 10,000rpm and 16MB of cache, it is in direct competition with many SCSI drives, at a lower cost.

But what we have here today is not the standard Raptor drive. Enter the Raptor X, the first retail hard drive to feature a crystalline polycarbonate window. Um, yes, that's it, that is the main selling point of the Raptor X over the standard model. A transparent bit.

I have to say that I'm not big on case modding, but having windows in your case - or even a clear case - has become something that many people aspire to so that they can show off their hardware to their chums. The Raptor X fits in to this mentality and to be honest, it's actually quite cool to see all the bits inside your hard drive move around. Still, I wouldn't go through the hassle of placing the Raptor X in a suitable location in my PC so I could see the bits moving. Still, if you've got a fully modded PC with lights, windows and the lot, then this is definitely the hard drive for you.

Raptor X

High performance access to file storage

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