Trouble with Master/Slave Config with SATA drives
Posted on 2009-04-17
I believe my BIOS is incorrectly configured and I'd sure appreciate some ideas. I'm running WinXP Pro. Here's my BIOS summary:
Config SATA as: IDE
Sata Port 0: ST3220620A - 320 GB HD
Sata Port 1: ST3220620A - 320 GB HD
Sata Port 2: WDC WD10EADS-OOL 1000 GB
Sata Port 3: --
Primary Master: _NEW DVD_RW ND-4 ATAPI
Primary Slave [Not Installed]
The first HD is where everything on my computer is. The second 320 drive is effectively empty. The WDC is used purely for imaged backups.
The drives are dog slow on an otherwise solid machine (dual core Intel, 2GB ram etc.)
There's a fair amount of dire warning out there about not switching to AHCI once WinXP is installed. So I'm somewhat leery of making that particular change without very clear guidance.
Otherwise, I'd welcome anyone's suggestions on changes to this configuration that would speed up normal access to my hard drives.