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Windows 7: Checking Sata Drive Speed

01 Apr 2012   #1

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Checking Sata Drive Speed

I have the sata drive installed but when trying to check for Sata 2 Speed I cannot find a way to verify I am getting the full 3 Gbit/s? I have used differant programs but none seem to give me a direct answer. Is there a way to verify the speed without disturbing the current data?

Thank You

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01 Apr 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Rockit,

You could use the program HD Tune as in the first post at the link below to see what you HDD's performance is. I would doubt that your HDD is actually using the full 3Gbit/s bandwidth of the SATA 2 port. That's just the maximum speed (bandwidth) that SATA 2 provides. You'll have to check the HDD's specs to see what it's read/write speeds actually are.

Show us your hard drive performance

Hope this helps,
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01 Apr 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)

Shawn is right. ATTO is another good program to rate the speed, but there is no mechanical hard drive that can do 3 Gb/s. Only in the last year or so have SSDs been able to break that barrier.
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01 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 64 bit SP1

It will be hard to distinguish between 1.5 Gb/s and 3 Gb/s by measuring the hard drive speed. 1.5 Gb/s can do top of 150 MB/s so you may see 100 MB/s on it, but that is also around the speed of ordinary SATA disk drives, so how can your tell?

In any case, as already mentioned, you won't see the 3Gb/s, but if you still want to know what transfer mode the drive is using, CrystalDiskInfo seems to be able to distinguish the mode. I have a 6 GB/s SSD and hard drives on SATA 6Gb/s ports and 3GB/s hard drives on 3Gb/s ports.. CrystalDiskInfo shows the transfer mode for the 6GB/s drives as SATA/600 and the 3 Gb/s drives as SATA/300.

Crystal Dew World
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01 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Premium 64 Bit

Thank You Everyone !

I finally ran HD Tach after setting it up to be run as XP 3 compatible and was the easyest one for me to understand. I will try the other programs later.

Thank you again !

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