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is there anything to do with SATA 2 ?

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hello guys...

I am on a hurry now, so I couldn't choose the exact right title for this thread, but let's get a head...

now, my new HDD, is SATA 2 7200, 8MB, 320GB WD.

while my old one is SATA 1 was 500 GB Samsung, 16 MB, and 7200 RPM..

now I just feel like my x-HDD is faster than this new one, is it because the lower cache ?

or do I have to configure any thing in the BIOS ?

I have degragged it and cleaned it, so I have already done all options we usually know for such issues..

so what do you guys think of this ?

edit: isn't SATA 2 supposed to be faster than SATA 1 ?

thanks though.
Edited by the magical me - 4/28/11 at 10:27am
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hello guys...

I am on a hurry now, so I couldn't choose the exact right title for this thread, but let's get a head...
<Grammar Naz!> You're IN a hurry, and I've never heard the colloquialism "let's get a head" so I don't know what that's even supposed to mean. </Grammar Naz!>

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now, my new HDD, is SATA 2 7200, 8MB, 320GB WD.

while my old one is SATA 1 was 500 GB Samsung, 16 MB, and 7200 RPM..

now I just feel like my x-HDD is faster than this new one, is it because the lower cache ?
Neither of those HDDs is actually as fast as the connection they were running on. SATA1 is up to 1.5GB/s where as either of those hard drives would be lucky to by pulling 80-100MB/s. Also, as with everything, HDDs are only as fast as their slowest part - the drive itself in most cases. But if you plug a SATA3 solid state drive (that's able to run at speeds above SATA2 standard ie >3GB/s) and plug it into a SATA1 port on your motherboard you'll only get SATA1 speed out of that super fast drive.

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or do I have to configure any thing in the BIOS ?

I have degragged it and cleaned it, so I have already done all options we usually know for such issues..

so what do you guys think of this ?
There isn't anything you HAVE to configure in the BIOS. Some people see marginal improvements by changing between AHCI, IDE and RAID modes on their SATA controllers but it's not always a noticible change.

deFragging is a good thing, so is spell check. Cleaning the drive doesn't really affect performance, it's more of a security thing.

Take a look at the drive specifications and see if either hard drive has a published IOPS rating or Read/Write speeds published. Try googling for benchmarks on your specific model of HDDs.

Also, what drive did you get that was only 8MB cache? Are these laptop drives? Because even then a 7200rpm laptop drive is usually 16-64MB cache on a modern drive. If the drive is a used one, trying running diagnostics on it and see if it's actually a properly functioning drive.
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hello guys...



edit: isn't SATA 2 supposed to be faster than SATA 1 ?

thanks though.


Yeah, run HD tune and see which is faster.
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<Grammar Naz!> You're IN a hurry, and I've never heard the colloquialism "let's get a head" so I don't know what that's even supposed to mean. </Grammar Naz!>
I always read this phrase written with "on" not "in: unless this is a difference between American and British English, then I say that I always do my best to speak and write English using the British accent and grammar.

regarding "let's get a head", you're right, I intended to say "let's GO a head" but as I said above... I was ON a hurry.


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Neither of those HDDs is actually as fast as the connection they were running on. SATA1 is up to 1.5GB/s where as either of those hard drives would be lucky to by pulling 80-100MB/s. Also, as with everything, HDDs are only as fast as their slowest part - the drive itself in most cases. But if you plug a SATA3 solid state drive (that's able to run at speeds above SATA2 standard ie >3GB/s) and plug it into a SATA1 port on your motherboard you'll only get SATA1 speed out of that super fast drive.


There isn't anything you HAVE to configure in the BIOS. Some people see marginal improvements by changing between AHCI, IDE and RAID modes on their SATA controllers but it's not always a noticible change.
well, if I want to try my luck in this, then how can I make sure that this HDD configured as AHCI mode in BIOS (which I think is the best option?), or the P55 systems automatically put HDDs in AHCI mode ?

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Also, what drive did you get that was only 8MB cache? Are these laptop drives? Because even then a 7200rpm laptop drive is usually 16-64MB cache on a modern drive. If the drive is a used one, trying running diagnostics on it and see if it's actually a properly functioning drive.
it's not a used one, it's a brand new, but I was forced to buy this one only, because I am currently in a village in Saudi Arabia that barely know what a computer is, the highest processor for example I have seen here is the E7500 , so now you can imagine the situation....

when I asked them about SSDs, none of them knew it , and to my surprise, they don't even know that HDDs are SATA and SATA2 ETC... all they can tell you about and HDD when you want to buy is the capacity only...
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