Trouble with Master/Slave Config with SATA drives

Posted on 2009-04-17
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
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
S.M.A.R.T.: Enabled
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.
Question by:jwitchel
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    Assisted Solution

    AHCI mode brings 3 main advantages:
    Supports NCQ (Native Command Queuing) allowing SATA drives to accept more than one command at a time and dynamically reorder the commands for maximum efficiency. Supports hot plugging of devices Supports staggered spin ups of multiple hard drives at boot time

    However, in the real world the performance difference isn't huge.


    Author Comment

    Thank you.  What say you on the setting

    Primary Master: _NEW DVD_RW ND-4 ATAPI?  

    Shouldn't that be one of the drives instead of the DVD?
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    Expert Comment

    no, that is a Eide drive not a Sata drive. now with Sata Burners come down there new reason to get a new one and have all Sata drive.
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    Expert Comment

    >>   Master/Slave Config with SATA drives   <<    first, not that there are no slave drives with SATA, only master; each has it's own cable and channel

    what motherboard do you have?  maybe it's an old one with sata I controller ?
    and just maybe, a bios update can help - but check first if it handles such problems

    Author Comment

    Thanks for asking.

    Intel Motherboard D975XBX
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    Accepted Solution

    that should be fine
    try removing 1 drive, and test again; then another drive.
    Try other cables
    no errors in device manager?
    then look under IDE/atapi controllers, and verify the properties>advanced settings of each IDE (not SATA) channel should be udma5

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