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Old 01-29-2004, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default WD hard drive running slow?

Hi all,

I've got a Western Digital WD1000JB in my computer, on a mainboard that supports up to ATA133. I ran a diagnostic test on it using SiSoft Sandra, and it came back with a speed of around 15000 kB/s on average. It looks like the speed it should be coming back with is around 30000 kB/s. I have an Athlon XP 2000+ on a Gigabyte board with about 512 meg of RAM, of that matters at all. Do I need to change a jumper or something somewhere? I'd just like to get the speed that is available to the drive out of it.

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Old 01-29-2004, 11:58 PM   #2
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Default RE:WD hard drive running slow?

#1, check in device manager and make sure it isnt running in PIO mode

#2, update your bios....i just read a thread in another forum about your exact same problem, flashing the bios fixed it

#3 there are no "performance" jumpers, just master slave and cs

#4...got the latest motherboard drivers?
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Old 01-30-2004, 12:02 AM   #3
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Default RE: WD hard drive running slow?

There's a common theme going around many posts about hard drive speeds: Sandra LIES about your drive! (Either that or Sandra lies about how fast other drives go.)
Try benchmarking with HDTach or that other one that was recommended to me when I had the same concern (atto or atta or something). They tend to be more accurate and informative.
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Old 01-30-2004, 10:47 AM   #4
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Default RE:WD hard drive running slow?

I'll check out that HDTach program, see if its helpful. Also I believe I've got the latest drivers and BIOS updates, but I can give that a shot as well.

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