Why my SATA disk so slow

Posted on 2006-05-19
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Is there any setting to make the disk run faster.
I have a SATA one but seems slower than IDE one.
Any memory setting or else?
I am using winxp, thanks.
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Callandor earned 1200 total points
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Can you confirm that it is slower with HDTach http://www.simplisoftware.com/Public/index.php?request=HdTach or HDTune http://www.hdtune.com/download.html ?  If you have SATA II drives and are connected to an SATA I controller, try setting the drives explicitly to SATA I mode with a jumper.  Check the connections and the cable as well.

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ricpf3 earned 400 total points
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being SATA doesn't represents that the disk is faster. SATA is a fast "interface" meaning the "bus" between the disk and you computer is fast. But the speed of the disk depends of it's rotation (5400 rpm, 7200rpm etc) the internal cache (usually 8Mb in the new ones), seek time etc. etc.

Tipically in a home PC changing Parallel ATA to Serial ATA WILL NOT IMPROVE PERFORMANCE, because paralell ATA interfaces runs at 133MB/s and SATA runs at 150MB/s. A regular IDE or SATA disk, alone, will never be able to reach the speed of the interface. Even two in the same cable will not reach the spped of the interface.
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What model and make is the mainboard?

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How to know my drives are SATA II or I? thanks.
The mainboard is ASUS P4P800
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Callandor earned 1200 total points
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>How to know my drives are SATA II or I? thanks.

When you purchased them, the spec should say which one it is.  Otherwise, post the make and model number.

Did you try benchmarking them?

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