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    HDD speed



    Is this a normal sort of speed for my Maxtor ATA133 8MB cache, 7200RPM, etc, hdd? It seems a little low

    It's the Nvidia driver test thingy
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    dma 6? i have seagate sata 7200, and i get level 4
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    DMA4 is 66MB. DMA5 is ATA100. DMA6 is ATA133.
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    Then replace your IDE cable
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    I'd say that's about right, Howard. Without looking at Raptors or SCSI drives, current harddrives top out at around 55-65MB/s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard
    Then replace your IDE cable
    sata cable?
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    That's fine as a sustained, you will only hit near a theroetical limit on burst reads
    if the cache/controller is upto dumping that qty of data in a burst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ
    sata cable?
    You probably have an IDE66 cable so you just need an IDE133 cable

    Think thats what was meant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ
    sata cable?

    They never bothered to click your link! I'll see what mines at! one min... Mine is at UDMA-5!
    Last edited by myth; 10-10-2004 at 05:38 PM.

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    I did click the link but didn't see the bit about SATA
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    Russ - to venture a guess, try updating your SATA controller's drivers. Alternatively, given that it is SATA, it could be that the program is incorrectly detecting the DMA mode. With a drive bandwidth program like HD Tach or the one Howard was using, see what your burst speed tops out at - if it's more than 66MB/s, I'd say it's a safe bet that the DMA mode is indeed being reported incorrectly.

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    Cheers eldren, i'll check it then check the drivers
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    Where might I find this Nvidia test utility?

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    Its under the nforce ide controller driver properties in device manager, you'll need to have a motherboard with the nforce2 chipset though.

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