Refurbished - WD Raptor 74 GB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - WD740GD

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This hard drive is quite honestly the highest performing desktop drive you can buy short of bringing a SCSI controller and drive to your desktop. Put it this way, I loaded Windows XP Pro on this drive in less than 10 minutes. Of course, that kind of performance comes at a cost far exceeding similar sized drives. If you want the best, here it is. If you want or need something other than the very best, you are better off looking elsewhere due to the cost factor involved. Other SATA 80 GB drives can be had for 1/3 the cost of this drive. Other issues are the noise that the drive makes and the heat that it produces. The noise is not that significant. It is about the same as a Maxtor ATA drive, although not as quiet as other Western Digital Special Edition 7200 RPM drives I currently use. It also produces more heat than 7200 RPM drives, so you should be aware of possible ventilation issues your particular setup might require with additional heat.

-Anonymous quote

The Raptor is fantastic! I never thought I would get excited about a non-Scsi harddrive, but this one changed my mind. But do yourself a favor and buy a different SATA cable than the one in the box. I don't know a single person who works with SATA drives on a regular basis who has not snapped the SATA connector off either the motherboard or the drive. It is, quite possibly, the worst connector ever put on a computer device. A number of after-market cables are out there. Some are right angle; others, like the blue, after-market connector made by Maxtor, are designed to minimize lateral and vertical pressure on the cable. The Maxtor blue cable covers both the SATA drive and power connectors. I like that one the best.

-Bob G. quote

Best Performance/High Cost

on 3/9/2004

This hard drive is quite honestly the highest performing desktop drive you can buy short of bringing a SCSI controller and drive to your desktop. Put it this way, I loaded Windows XP Pro on this drive in less than 10 minutes. Of course, that kind of performance comes at a cost far exceeding similar sized drives. If you want the best, here it is. If you want or need something other than the very best, you are better off looking elsewhere due to the cost factor involved. Other SATA 80 GB drives can be had for 1/3 the cost of this drive. Other issues are the noise that the drive makes and the heat that it produces. The noise is not that significant. It is about the same as a Maxtor ATA drive, although not as quiet as other Western Digital Special Edition 7200 RPM drives I currently use. It also produces more heat than 7200 RPM drives, so you should be aware of possible ventilation issues your particular setup might require with additional heat.

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on 7/4/2004

I bought a WD 74 GB Raptor SATA drive for my new machine. I use it for pretty much everything currently [I have a second machine that holds mp3s and backups for my house]. The drive is great for gaming (BF: Vietnam, UT2004), software development, and pretty much everything else I throw at it. I've had the drive for 3-4 months now. I'd certainly buy this drive again if I were building a new machine today.

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Product Overview

WD Raptor is a new class of hard drive that matches SCSI reliability and performance while providing simplified connectivity for less cost than Parallel SCSI drives.

Specifications

Manufacturer Western Digital
Mfg Part# WD740GD
SKU 10359176
Refurbished Yes
Links
Product Guide Click Here for the Western Digital Store
Features
Drive Interface SATA
Drive Interface Standard SATA/150
Buffer 8 MB
Spindle Speed (rpm) 10000
Product Type Hard Drive
Manufacturer Part Number WD740GD
Manufacturer Western Digital Corporation
Product Model WD740GD
Product Name Raptor Hard Drive
Product Line Raptor
Brand Name WD
Compatibility PC
Weight (Approximate) 1.60 lb
Drive Type Internal
Height 1"
Width 4"
Depth 5.8"
Drive Width 3.5"
Storage Capacity 74 GB
Limited Warranty 5 Year
Tech Specs
Form Factor Internal
Height 1.03"
Width 4"
Depth 5.79"
Compatible Drive Bay Width 3.5"
Compatible Drive Bay Height 1/3H
Storage Capacity 74 GB
Standard Warranty 5 Year Limited
Buffer 8 MB
Rotational Speed 10000 rpm
Maximum External Data Transfer Rate 150 MBps
Maximum Internal Data Transfer Rate 102 MBps
Product Type Hard Drive
Manufacturer Part Number WD740GD
Manufacturer Website Address www.wdc.com
Packaged Quantity 1
Manufacturer Western Digital Corporation
Product Name Raptor Hard Drive
Product Line Raptor
Brand Name Western Digital
Compatibility PC
Weight (Approximate) 1.60 lb

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