got me a decent cable now, and instead of plugging it into my ide1 slot on motherboard, i have plugged it into ide3 (raid).
Without anything else on the IDE cable liek my DVD-RW, it works, i get booted up into windows and i use my sandra software and it indicates its running in UDMA-6 mode!
If i plug it in to the IDE1 port, it runs in UDMA-5, where you all pointed out, on my previous cable, i was in mode 2! haha
Anyway, will i benefit by leaving the harddrive connected to the IDE3 "raid ATA133" port, or should i really put it back into IDE1 where its only ATA100?
thanks for all your help, still takes a long time to load maps in unreal tournament 2004, but fps are up