Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Posted on 2006-05-01
Last Modified: 2016-06-26
Hi, I have a Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM but it doesn't seem like it's 3.0Gigabits per second or fast.  My girlfriend has an old ata hard drive on an older comptuer and it seems like things load a little faster on it than the computer I have.

I thought all you had to do is install the hard drive and everything should work without any driver installs. The jumpers on the drive should be configured correctly out of the box right?   I have all the nforce drivers, installed properly. Is there something that i'm missing?  It seems like my USB  hard drive is faster than the SATA drive.  

Here are my specs.  
-AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3700
-CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model VS1GBKIT400
-Windows XP 64
Question by:nationnon
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    Expert Comment

    3 gb/sec is MARKETING HYPE.The spec only works in burst mode and most of what people do is not burst mode.
    You need SATA II on the MOBO too.
    The Asus is SATA I.

    You want speed?Get a WD Raptor.
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    Expert Comment

    your board only supports SATA I transfer rate 1.5 Gb sec :  pg1-23 of the manual :
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    Accepted Solution

    Putting a SATA-II drive on a SATA-I controller in theory is fine, as the SATA-II drive will step down to SATA-I speed and chug right along.  But, we all know how practice tends to differ from theory.  Bite the bullet and get a SATA-II card.

    Until then...

    Most of the WD SATA-II drives have a jumper labeled Opt-1.  If you're connecting the drive to a SATA-I controller, make sure  you jumper that pin set.  It's typically pins 5 & 6 - the second set from the data cable connection side of the drive.


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