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sswilson July 7, 2007 10:13 AM

Check your default HD settings
Just a quick tip for folks building their own, or installing a new drive.

Just installed a new seagate 250 gig drive and thought everything was going fine until I ran HD Tach for some benchmarking.......

Burst speed was really low, and wouldn't you know it..... seagate shipped the drive with the jumpers set to Sata 150 vice Sata 300.

Changed the jumper over and voila!!!! back to #'s closer to what I was expecting.

Not sure how much of an effect this would have on real world performance, but it'd certainly have some so might be worth checking out.... :)

cujo July 7, 2007 11:32 AM

if you pop the jumper off does it default to 300?

my wds don't have jumpers anyway but just curious as my buddy always buys seagate.

sswilson July 7, 2007 11:39 AM

For the 250s at least removing the jumper (leave it on one pin just in case you need it later) sets it to 300, but folks should verify for their particular drive.

Supergrover July 7, 2007 04:06 PM

Yeah the 320 seagate is the same, glad I wasnt the only one wilson, went from a old 160g ata to a sata and boy is it alot nicer.

Misoprostol July 7, 2007 04:26 PM

Yeah all the 7200.10s have the SATA1 jumper on by default because some SATA controllers have troulbe with SATAII drives.

ebdoradz July 7, 2007 05:37 PM

7200.9 have jumper too

jumper on = sata 1st generation on - sata2 feature disable
jumper of = sata 2 feature enable

seagate use this because some Sata 1st gen controller wont reconize your drive if it have the sata 2 feature enabled

exemple of this : Hitachi use a dos base application that you use ona bootable floppy to activate/desactivate the sata2 feature, image yourseft doing a diagnostic onyour friend computer, which have a HDD trouble, you are smarter then otehr and plug his HDD witch is sata 2 in your sata 1 mobo, boot and the dman ?&$/$/?& thing dont recognise the hdd, so if its a seagte, you simply add the little jumper, and its done,

otherwise you will have to download the utility, make a bootable floppy or cd. replug the hdd in the sata2 mobo, desactivate the sata2 feature, unplug it. plug it back in the sata1 mobo and make your diagnostic properly

i vote for the jumper thing ;)

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