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Old 07-22-2004, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help w/ SATA performance

I've just reinstalled WindowsXP and don't know if I have to install any driver or sth for my SATA hard drive. It's Western Digital 160GB.
When I view the info with Sisoft Sandra, it says that my HD is not in optimal mode (current mode: UDMA-5).
Benchmarking gives the following results:

Buffered read: 21MB/s

Sequential read: 52MB/s

Random read: 24MB/s

Buffered write: 61MB/s

Sequential write: 54MB/s

Random write: 33MB/s

Average access time: 22ms

I find it too bad for a SATA150? Am I right or missing sth?
What can I do to know if my HD is performing in its correct/optimal mode?

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Old 07-22-2004, 07:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I dont think there is any driver for hardisk.


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Old 07-22-2004, 09:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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HDDs do not have drivers. You need drivers for the SATA controller!
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Old 07-22-2004, 09:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yea, when u install windows xp you have to hit "f6" and install raid/sata drivers
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Old 07-22-2004, 10:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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So, looking at these info:

Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]

Is my SATA HD performing at IDE speed?
If I need to install driver for SATA controller, is there any way to do it without reinstalling Windows? and not with a floppy disk?
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