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Poor performance with Hitachi HDD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mekanic, Sep 10, 2004.

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  1. Mekanic

    Mekanic Thread Starter

    Sep 10, 2004

    I can't get DMA mode enabled on my slave drive. It's a Hitachi Deskstar 120GB IC35L120AVV207. It is connected with a 80 pin cable along with a Western Digital 80GB master HDD. The WD drive is DMA enabled no problem but the Hitachi is stuck in PIO mode.


    I ran the HDTach test and the results sucked :(

    HDTach results

    Is there something I'm missing somewhere?

    System specs:

    P4 2.53GHz 533FSB
    Asus P4T533-C
    512MB Samsung PC800 RDRAM
    Gainward GF4 Ti4600 Ultra/750XP GS
    80GB WD HDD - master
    120GB Hitachi HDD - slave
    Verbatim 40x12x48 CD-RW
    Sony DVD+RW DRU-120A
    Hercules Game TheaterXP sound card
    Antec TrueControl 550watt ps
    WinXP Pro w/SP2

    Any help/advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    Make sure the drives are jumpered correctly. One as master and the other as Slave OR try Cable Select on both drives OR set the WD to the "Master with Slave" jumper setting. Check the BIOS settings to make sure the drive is detected and DMA is enabled there.

    Then there's these steps to follow: http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=6645

    You should also install the latest Intel Chipset INF and Application Accelerator for best performance: http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scr...SFullName=Windows*+XP+Professional&submit=Go!

    Once you install the Application Accelerator you can check drive settings with it, it'll be under your Programs in the Styart Menu.
  3. Mekanic

    Mekanic Thread Starter

    Sep 10, 2004
    Thanks, that did it!

    The application accelerator fixed the problem. I am forever in your debt :)

    If you ever have a problem with an industrial diesel engine I'm your man :D
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