Very Slow Disk Transfer speed

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Hi All:
Before I gave up on this latest project, I thought I should see if there were any words of wisdom from the Forum.

The issue is VERY slow hard drive transfer speed.

The problem PC is about a 3 year old Elite P6SET-ML mother board c/w 433 MHz Socket 370 Celeron with a Maxtor 8.7 GB Ultra 66 disk drive. RAM = 196MB. WIN98SE is installed and fully updated.

The problem is this PC has ALWAYS had very low disk transfer speed. It is so slow it is ridiculous. Any activity like boot up, IE Explorer or the loading a program like MS Word is very slow and is obvious from the drive activity. Sys Soft Sandra gives a measurement of 4082. This is about half the speed it should be.

I have:

Updated the Bios to the latest version
Replaced the IDE drivers with the latest version from Elite.
Replaced the existing 40 wire IDE ribbon cable with a 80 wire version.
Replaced the hard drive with a new 40GB Maxtor.

I did get slight transfer speed increases by replacing the IDE driver and the newer drive but it is still painfully slow. A mixmaster would describe the activity nicely!

I realize that a fix would be to install a Promise Ultra card or probably more sensible, upgrade the MB/CPU. However, I just could not accept that any MB/drive combo could be this slow unless there was a specific fault. Other MB/drives I have worked or built of the same CPU speed and vintage are substantially faster than this particular unit.

Any ideas before I throw in the towel?
 
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