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SATA 2 HDD detected as ATA

Last response: in Storage
August 28, 2006 3:51:16 AM

Hey everybody, I'm having a bit of a problem here. SiSoft Sandra is claiming that my Seagate 250 gig SATA 2 hard drive is not operating at optimal settings (it says it's detected as ATA). I've suspected this for a while, and Sandra just confirmed it (unless it's wrong for some reason). Anyway, Sandra gives me a "warning w3104 - current transfer mode not optimal." The help file isn't useful for figuring out what to do though. Can anybody tell me what I have to do to get full speed with my HDD? I went poking around the BIOS, but there was nothing obvious to a n00b like me. I am using the Seagate with an Asus p5b.

Help would be greatly appreciated.

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a b G Storage
August 28, 2006 10:00:18 AM

This is probably occuring because the BIOS says the SATA drive is using UDMA 5, not UDMA 7. That reading from the BIOS is normal though. If you have that SATA drive connected to a SATA port, and not to a parallel ATA channel through an adapter, you can ignore that message.
August 28, 2006 1:16:36 PM

Alright, thanks. That's a relief.