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Old 06-08-2006, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently pruchased a WD 250gb Hard Drive and wanted to test its transfer speed. PC Wiz and EVEREST tell me that it is running ATA-133, but it was advertised as SATA II (3.0Gb/s). How can I get true results and what can I do if this hard drive is actually running at ATA-133 besides send it back?

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The hard drive doesn't run at ATA 133. That is the max the interface can send data.

Even the fastest consumer hard drives like the raptor can't get to that speed.
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does it say it is running as ata133 or at the speeds of ata133. if it says as ata133 its probably on an NF4 controller.
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OK, I am pretty sure I understand what turtile said but I'm not so sure about nitestick's response. Here are the specs from EVEREST:

Max. UDMA Transfer Mode UDMA 6 (ATA-133)
Active UDMA Transfer Mode UDMA 6 (ATA-133)

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that board has an NF4 chipset right? well the primary SATA controller would be controlled by the NF4 chip. the NF4 chip "emulates" ATA133 on SATA drives for compatability i think.
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Yes, I have the nforce 4 SLI chipset. So am I loosing speed due to this emulation or is the emu simply a "facade"? Sorry to keep asking questions but I just want to get this cleared up.

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No speed loss.
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Yes, I have the nforce 4 SLI chipset. So am I loosing speed due to this emulation or is the emu simply a "facade"? Sorry to keep asking questions but I just want to get this cleared up.

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like turtile said no speed loss . you hit the nail on the head, it is just a facade
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Thanks for all the help guys!

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