|Sorry I didn't get back with you sooner, Trek. I was working on a reply when I had to do an emergency reboot. Some strange program was installing and I couldn't make it stop any other way. It turned out to be a Microsoft thing, but I didn't recognize it and was getting a little nervous, anyway. |
I did some more research and found out that my disks wil run in Ultra DMA mode. I have tried using Block Mode and not and that doesn't make any difference. I bought 4 sets of 80pin cable. Here is what my Devices says:
Primary Device 0 DMA if available Ultra DMA Mode 5
Device 1 Not applicable
Secondary Device 0 DMA if available Ultra DMA Mode 5
Device 1 DMA if available Ultra DMA Mode 4
On my bootup screen it says:
LBA 32Bit Block PIO ATA
Primary Master LBA ON 16 sec 4 100
Seconday Master LBA ON 16 sec 4 100
Secondary Slave DVD-ROM 4 66
It looks like it's all setup for Ultra. I went to the WD site and asked how to set the drive for DMA. I never got a live person, but it told me that all their drives are really fast and wonderful and tried to make me feel silly for even asking. Never got an answer. I think the SCSI drives (or RAID?) have the ability to turn off DMA. My next step is to order an add-in controller to make SURE I have an Ultra controller.I can then put my DVD drive on one of the on-board IDE channels, and keep the HD's each on their own dedicated channel. I would like to contact someone at PC Pitstop to ask them how they do their testing and exactly why they think my drives are so slow. All their comparisons show my old system as being faster and higher rated than their benchmark systems. Except for the hard drives.
Question for anyone: Is there a better FREE test for your system performance than PC Pitstop? I have been using it for years, but I wonder if it is keeping up with the technology. Once in awhile I like to run it just to make sure my system hasn't slipped in any way.
Thanks for all the good help and info! You guys are top drawer!
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