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What are decent hd tune results?

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March 12, 2011 6:34:36 PM

I recently put together a
AMD x3 440
Biostart 870+ mb
Gforce 250 GTS
2gb DDR 3 ram
thermaltake tr2 500 watt
Some old Hitachi Hard drive

I noticed that my desktop performance is somewhat lagged at times.
I wanted to see if it was the memory or hd that was bottlenecking I instaleld hd tune 2.55
it showed access time 13.3ms 60MB average 70Highest 2.4MB lowest 64MB burst
Under info it shows UDMA mode (ATA 133) The hard drive is SATA y does it show ata? =(

Is the hard drive slow? Is a new one worth the investment? Or should i upgrade the ram.

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a c 143 G Storage
March 12, 2011 9:50:09 PM

1) I would say you are running in IDE mode, which is why it probably is showing as an PATA.

2) It is worth the investment to pickup a newer SATA drive based on 500GB platters, like the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB|1TB or Seagate 7200.12 500GB|1TB hard drives. These newer drives will drop down in the 8's for access time and provide a more responsive system. If you want a truly responsive system, you will need to look at a SSD for 0.1 ms access times :) 
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March 13, 2011 12:07:47 AM

How can I make it run in SATA mode?
I might consider a new hard drive for kicks but SSD is still too pricey $150+ for decent storage
I feel like core i3 laptops run programs faster than me :( 
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a c 143 G Storage
March 13, 2011 12:30:55 AM

Here is how you switch to AHCI...
  • Exit all Windows-based programs.
  • Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  • If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
  • Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV
  • In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
  • In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
  • On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.
  • Restart the PC
  • Enter BIOS and switch SATA controller to AHCI
  • Save, Exit and Restart PC..

    Your PC should boot up and install the required native drivers for AHCI. If it doesn't boot, switch back to IDE and follow above steps but switch pciide versus IastorV.
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    March 13, 2011 6:18:00 AM

    I did it
    it installed a bunch of stuff at startup but my average transfer rate doesnt seem to be effected, if anything its a bit lower
    And under info on hd tune it still says
    Stanard: SATA 1
    Supported UDMA mode 6 133
    Active: UDMA mode 6 133
    This drive hates me
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