WD hard drive running slow?

Discussion in 'Computer Help' started by Achtung, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. Achtung

    Achtung Senior member

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    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.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. johnjkr1

    johnjkr1 Platinum Member

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    #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?
     
  3. Zelmo3

    Zelmo3 Senior member

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    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.
     
  4. Achtung

    Achtung Senior member

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    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.

    Thanks.