I've plugged in a SATA/300 500GB Maxtor as a solitary drive in a new system. The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA965P-S3. Testing with a number of benchmarking software suites I get phenomenally low transfer rates: 1.6MB/s.
I've tried setting different parameters in BIOS, but I can't seem to get anything reasonable for transfer rates.
Any help with this motherboard or how I should be employing this drive?
You don't have to do anything for any type of hard drives to make sure they are not running in a RAID setup so that isn't your concern.
I'd update the BIOS and the chipset of your MB if you have not done so.
If you have, you may want to throw another hard drive in there to see if you get the same problem. If you don't have a spare hard drive, you need to run some hard drive tests against your hard drive. The vendor usually has software they use to test their hard drives.
I had the same problem and it drove me nuts! Put the 500G on a different SATA port. I dont use the lone 2 orange ones as they are tied to the IDE drives and will run slow. Try the 2 orange or purple that are side by side. By the way you can only hot swap SATA on the 2 purple.
chk for any bad sector in it ! i m also using the same 500gb sata and it was slow once thn i chk the disck from chkdsk utility and found tht there are bad sectors in it so i replaced the drive as tht was under warranty and now it is fine a newer one same 500gb sata maxtor.