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Why won't these drives work with an 80-pin cable?

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May 14, 2012 10:57:05 AM

I have 2 drives that are capable of running with an 80-pin cable, I have tested the cable on devices on the same system and it boots with no issues and detects an 80-pin cable...But these are cd-rom and dvd-roms...not my hard drives. The hard drives are in forced raid 0 and 1.

Where i could use intel application accelerater on other systems to force UDMA 5, which both drives support. I am also unable to install it. Despite having the supported hardware.

General Information :
Disk Controller : Intel 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) EIDE Controller
Disk Controller : Intel 82801EB (ICH5) SATA I/O Controller

It IS ich5r, but dell has something makeing it detect as ich5

Drive Controller Features #1 :
Mode : IDE
AHCI : Yes
IDE Legacy : No
NCQ : No
Port Multiplier : No
eSATA : No

Drive Controller Features #2 :
Mode : IDE
AHCI : No


General Information :
SMART : Version 1.1

Information Hard Disk #1 :
IDE Channel : #1 - Master Drive
Manufacturer : Seagate
Model : ST330621A
Serial Number : 5EE05CH4
Revision (Firmware) : 3.54
Family : Seagate U Series 5 family
Serial ATA : No
Support : ATA/ATAPI-4
Size : 30GB
Cache : 512KB
Multiple Sector : 16
IORDY : Yes
LBA Mode : Yes
DMA Mode : Yes
NCQ Mode : No
SCT Mode : No
DCO Mode : No
NV Cache : No
TRIM Mode : No
TCQ Mode : No
CFA Mode : No
CFA Power Mode : No
NV Cache Power Mode : No
Volatile Write Cache : Yes - Enabled
SETMAX : Yes - Enabled
Multiword DMA Mode : 2
PIO Mode : PIO 4
UDMA Mode max. : 5 (ATA-100)
UDMA Mode Enabled : 2 (ATA-33)
Transport : Parallel ATA8-AST
SMART : Yes - Enabled
SMART Self-Test : No
AAM : Yes - Enabled
AAM Values : 254 - (recommended 128)
Write Cache : Yes
Streaming Mode : No
Power Management : Yes
APM Mode : No
PUIS Mode : No
Security Mode : No
Trusted Computing : No
48-bit Address : No
Cylinders : 16383
Heads : 16
Sectors per Track : 63

Information Hard Disk #2 :
IDE Channel : #1 - Slave Drive
Manufacturer : Seagate
Model : ST3802110A
Serial Number : 4LR375VZ
Revision (Firmware) : 3.ADH
Family : Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 family
Serial ATA : No
Support : ATA/ATAPI-7
Size : 80GB
Cache : 2 048KB
ECC Size : 4
Multiple Sector : 16
IORDY : Yes
LBA Mode : Yes
DMA Mode : Yes
NCQ Mode : No
SCT Mode : No
DCO Mode : Yes
NV Cache : No
TRIM Mode : No
TCQ Mode : No
CFA Mode : No
CFA Power Mode : No
NV Cache Power Mode : No
Volatile Write Cache : Yes - Enabled
SETMAX : Yes - Disabled
Multiword DMA Mode : 2
PIO Mode : PIO 4
UDMA Mode max. : 5 (ATA-100)
UDMA Mode Enabled : 2 (ATA-33)
Transport : Parallel ATA8-AST
SMART : Yes - Enabled
SMART Self-Test : Yes
AAM : Yes - Disabled
Write Cache : Yes
Streaming Mode : No
Power Management : Yes
APM Mode : No
PUIS Mode : No
Security Mode : No
Trusted Computing : No
48-bit Address : Yes
Cylinders : 155009
Heads : 16
Sectors per Track : 63

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May 14, 2012 11:10:35 AM

C:\ drive
Sequential Writing : 29.93MB/s (Cpu usage : 4%)
Sequential Read : 37.54MB/s (Cpu usage : 2%)
Buffered Writing : 45.24MB/s (Cpu usage : 2%)
Buffered Reading : 39.69MB/s (Cpu usage : 2%)
Random Reading : 25MB/s (Cpu usage : 16%)

G:\ drive with 8kb sectors I formatted it this way for v-ram, games and media.

Sequential Writing : 30.8MB/s (Cpu usage : 5%)
Sequential Read : 33.44MB/s (Cpu usage : 21%)
Buffered Writing : 43.83MB/s (Cpu usage : 1%)
Buffered Reading : 39.8MB/s (Cpu usage : 2%)
Random Reading : 34MB/s (Cpu usage : 16%)

Forceing raid seems to be keeping the performance of both drives higher then would be without. Despite one drive possibly being a 5400rpm drive. An 80-pin cable would double this. And multi-task better
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May 17, 2012 1:05:15 PM

Sequential Writing : 41.37MB/s (Cpu usage : 6%)
Sequential Read : 59.19MB/s (Cpu usage : 5%)
Buffered Writing : 95.41MB/s (Cpu usage : 6%)
Buffered Reading : 89.53MB/s (Cpu usage : 5%)
Random Reading : 32MB/s (Cpu usage : 26%)

After a few days of googleing... I found an article that told me the cable has it's own cable select because one pin on the slave (grey) tab is not terminated (connected)

And that the boot drive has to be on the master end (black)

Simply because of how i set the drives up, I was wireing the two drives backwards. :o 
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