As far as I can tell these drives do NOT utilize perpendicular recording, which I am all for.
However, both drives are set up in a test environment Server 2003 and one on XP Pro.
Both motherboards appear to be using Sata as IDE which is not supported by Microsoft** on XP or Server 2003.
That being said, my drives are being fragmented A LOT. And further, the XP machine is stating errors with the
Master File Table which it says is fixed when running chkdsk on Boot. Running chkdsk again in read only mode
again states errors in the File System. And there are several files that are larger on disk than actual size. This tells me
then that the File system is continually corrupted. Yuck. The Server machine simply fragments a lot but no file corruption
as of yet.
Server 03 is set up on an ECS intel 945-a version 1.0 or something. Which it appears only supports APM and not
ACPI. Never get one of those again.
XP is set up on an Intel D101G or something which is actually an ATI r200 southbridge I believe. Don't remember seeing
anything about ACPI on this either, although I'll research it further and update.
I don't remember entering an F6 ahci or Raid driver for either on which tells me these are both using Legacy IDE instead
of AHCI Sata.
I re-installed the Server with the AHCI intel driver which seems to be working minus the fragmentation which may be
fixed by forcing sata 150mb but I don't see how this will improve things. I guess the Sata chip is capable of AHCI, but it's
not an overall system option in the BIOS.
And the Intel/ATI board, well, I'm thinking that the IDE microcode in windows is causing the filesystem to become corrupted.
What are my options to fix this, short Of buying Motherboards that I know support ACPI and Sata AHCI/RAID?
**I found an article about two years ago stating Sata as legacy is not supported, but I'm unable to find the article currently.
The Not Supported thing was on the M$ website. Currently it appears as if they don't advocate for Sata operation in IDE mode,
however, they do provide the information about how to work around problems.
Edited by RandomUser, 22 January 2008 - 07:41 PM.