WD Caviar Black 2TB & VelociRaptor 600GB

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From the outside the Caviar Black and slower Caviar Green look identical — peel off the sticker and it would be almost impossible to differentiate the two. The VelociRaptor 600GB has the same appearance as the older models, though the IcePack heatsink has undergone a small revision.

Caviar Black on the left, Caviar Green on the right... or is it the other way around?

The VR600 is secured to WD's IcePack heatsink/3.5" adapter using shallow torx screws.

Unfortunately, a quiet VR600 may come at a heavy cost. A sticker covers one of the screws; removing it effectively voids the drive's warranty.

The newest IcePack has one small difference over previous versions, adding housing for the block containing the jumpers.

We use an older IcePack to conveniently mount 2.5" drives in 3.5" hot-swap caddies, but this revision makes it impossible to connect some notebook drives like those from Hitachi and Fujitsu as well as various SSDs.

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