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3.5mb/s? On Sata!


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#1 legoman786

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 02:08 PM

I just became the vicitm of a nasty hard drive crash and I stuck in a SATA 80GB HD alongside the other which I was using for storage, while using my 40GB (RIP) IDE HD. So, now I have no IDE drives, except for my optical drives (still on IDE channel 1), and 2 SATA drives. What gets me here is that when I tested the speeds of both drives using HD Tach, my primary SATA drive came out with a healthy 135MB/s and my secondary 80GB HD crawled at a 3.5MB/s. They are identical drives, Western Digital Caviar SE 80GB SATA 1.5. My motherboard is an MSI PM8M-V with RAID capabilites. I dont want RAID, I just want my second hard drive to become as fast as it's twin.

My BIOS settings are:

SATA: enabled
SATA mode: IDE (second option is RAID)

Another thing that gets me is that the second hard drive, while accesing ANYTHING on it, my CPU goes full use. I mean 100% CPU usage while even looking at the drive in My Computer!

Any help is greatly appreciated

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 04:00 PM

When windows gets lots of errors it switches from DMA to PIO mode. That will result in you getting lousy transfer speeds. You will need to uninstall the IDE channel in the Device Manager. After you reboot windows will reinstall it, then you should be able to tell it to "Use DMA if Available".
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Posted 17 September 2006 - 05:15 PM

Its a fresh install though. And I have two devices per channel EX: 2x Pirmary IDE channel

It's taking 5+ hours to reformat the stinking thing. But I will take your suggestion into account when the format finishes.

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 11:37 PM

I figured it out. My D: drive is running in PIO mode and to fix it I need to get a hotfix from M$. Go figure. No, not from the internet, I need to call them. Can somebody like FTP hotfix 817472 to me? (<--- againt rules?)

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 09:04 AM

According to Microsoft this hotfix is included in SP2.

Here's a link to the contents of SP2: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811113/

The list isn't in numerical order (even tho' it seems to be), the link to 817472 is listed about way down the page.

Edited by usasma, 18 September 2006 - 09:08 AM.

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