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Windows 7: Checking Sata Drive Speed

01 Apr 2012   #1
Rockit

Windows 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 
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
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

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,
Shawn
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01 Apr 2012   #3
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

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
GeneO

Windows 7 64 bit SP1. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot.
 
 

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
Rockit

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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