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Ok, I am going to ask once more for help. I am tired of getting no progress with any forum, even DFI's. I find no possable way for windows to run my SATA drive as a SATA drive, stabily. First off, I installed Windows on my SATA drive, with my PATA drives unhooked, rehooked them after install. I did this to run all 3 without RAID, because I do not want dependant drives, and I want windows on my fastest drive/SATA.

My problem is with windows and my SATA drive. BIOS shows my SATA drive, as a SATA in the SATA 1 slot. SATA is enabled, and it lists on BIOS boot screens. Windows is showing my SATA drive as a PATA UDMA6. I ran HD Tach just a minute ago, my SATA drive is running 53MB/s on average, 0.3MB/s faster then my PATA. This obviously shows it is not just windows being dumb, but it does not use the drive as it is suppose to be(3.0GB/s).

I attempted to install the newest IDE storage driver from Nvidia, This fixed windows to show my SATA as a SATA 2 3GB/s. However, after the first install of this driver windows continuesly crashes with machine_check_exception. I have reinstalled it several times to try a work around, now windows still crashes randomly even with the driver uninstalled. This did not start until I installed this driver for the first time. I do not want to attempt a reinstall of windows either, until I atleast know what the problem is.

Edit: I just ran another attempt to reinstall the driver. The same work of showing it as a serial ata controller, checked as let bios handle, faded as SATA 2 3GB/s. I run HD Tach again, and it is still showing an average speed of 53MB/s, *** is wrong here???
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Ok, I am going to ask once more for help. I am tired of getting no progress with any forum, even DFI's. I find no possable way for windows to run my SATA drive as a SATA drive, stabily. First off, I installed Windows on my SATA drive, with my PATA drives unhooked, rehooked them after install. I did this to run all 3 without RAID, because I do not want dependant drives, and I want windows on my fastest drive/SATA.

My problem is with windows and my SATA drive. BIOS shows my SATA drive, as a SATA in the SATA 1 slot. SATA is enabled, and it lists on BIOS boot screens. Windows is showing my SATA drive as a PATA UDMA6. I ran HD Tach just a minute ago, my SATA drive is running 53MB/s on average, 0.3MB/s faster then my PATA. This obviously shows it is not just windows being dumb, but it does not use the drive as it is suppose to be(3.0GB/s).

I attempted to install the newest IDE storage driver from Nvidia, This fixed windows to show my SATA as a SATA 2 3GB/s. However, after the first install of this driver windows continuesly crashes with machine_check_exception. I have reinstalled it several times to try a work around, now windows still crashes randomly even with the driver uninstalled. This did not start until I installed this driver for the first time. I do not want to attempt a reinstall of windows either, until I atleast know what the problem is.

Edit: I just ran another attempt to reinstall the driver. The same work of showing it as a serial ata controller, checked as let bios handle, faded as SATA 2 3GB/s. I run HD Tach again, and it is still showing an average speed of 53MB/s, *** is wrong here???

I also have the same problem with my Seagate SATA2 drive. BIOS shows the drive as SATA2 in SATA slot 4 (where it is), but Windows says it's in slot 1. Everest says it's running in UDMA6 (ATA-133) and SANDRA says it's running at 54MB/s. There are no jumpers to set up and no special drivers to install (just checked Seagate's site). I have noticed no performance increase or decrease when running software applications like games over my old SATA150 drive, but then again there is no noticeable difference between SATA2 and SATA1 these days.
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it doesen't actually run at 3gb/s unless you have them in raid and one that actually says it can be running at 3gb/s

not every sata run that fast.
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Originally Posted by Hp_Pavilion
it doesen't actually run at 3gb/s unless you have them in raid and one that actually says it can be running at 3gb/s

not every sata run that fast.

So as long as the BIOS recognizes the drive as SATA2 it should be fine, regardless what programs in Windows may say? I know SATA drives do not run at their rated speeds and as long as my drive runs faster than an ATA-133 it's fine (have to get my money's worth you know). I was just wondering if their was a mistake somewhere. Thanks for the clarification.
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