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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

My Hard Disk Troubles

It is not related to the DVB topic but could help somebody.

A few days ago my primary harddisk starts to fail, one bad block here and there so I buy a new one, a Seagate ST3120813AS. My previous harddisk was a Samsung one it works fine and fast but the new Seagate presents a poor performance in regular oerations but all HD tests shows around 50 MB/Sec in average which is the expected speed. After some drivers updates and different tests I went to Seagate page, look at the specs and found that this driver is a Serial ATA II one (300 MB/sec) but as my motherboard's serial ATA interface is autodetecting, the SATAII interface is not a problem... Or maybe I'm wrong ? Yes, I'm wrong!! I set the jumper to force the hard disk to operate in SATAI mode (150 MB/sec) and now its performance is the expected, fast and quiet.

When you buy a new SATAII harddisk and your SATA interface is SATAI check that your new drive has the "SATAI mode" jumper or you could be in the same trouble.

My computer is:

Processor: Intel Pentium 4HT 3.0 Ghz
MotherBoard: Gigabyte 8IPE1000G (Intel Springdale i865PE)
Memory: 1 Gigabyte DDR Dual Channel
Graphics: Gigabyte Radeon 9200
ATA interface: Intel 82801EB
HardDisk: ST3120813AS (120G SATAII) and ST312026AS (120G SATAI)
Monitor: Nokia Multigraph 447Xpro (17 inch)
Other: A lot of funny and strange circuits :)


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