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Windows 7: SATA drives.. Enabling better performance??

14 Sep 2009   #1
musiclover7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
SATA drives.. Enabling better performance??

I was looking at one of my 320gb SATA interna 3.5 inch drives from Seagate today, and noticed some nice little jumper pins around the back of it. Curious, it says that if they are pinned, it will limit the SATA drive to 1.5 gbps, and if not pinned, will allow 3gbps. Currently, they are pinned. I am wondering if there is a good reason for this.

Additionally, I downloaded a program from yamicsoft, called windows 7 manager, which has a free 15 day trial. In it, it there is an option to "Enable SATA disk advanced function to improve performance." if you hover over it, it says.. "This tweak will enable advanced function of your sata hard disks, and increase disk performance to decrease read/write of SATA hard disk, but it also increases chance of data loss.."

Given the last part of that sentence, I held off, but I am wondering if anyone around here can weigh in on it..

Thanks in advance for your response..


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14 Sep 2009   #2
Antman

 

Set the jumpers to enable "SATA3". If your mobo supports it, good. If not, no foul.

You do not need any software to tweak Windows 7.

Device Manager
Disk Drive
Properties

There are two check boxes. Check the first one, don't check the second one.

Many will elaborate from here.
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14 Sep 2009   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by musiclover7 View Post
I was looking at one of my 320gb SATA interna 3.5 inch drives from Seagate today, and noticed some nice little jumper pins around the back of it. Curious, it says that if they are pinned, it will limit the SATA drive to 1.5 gbps, and if not pinned, will allow 3gbps. Currently, they are pinned. I am wondering if there is a good reason for this.

Additionally, I downloaded a program from yamicsoft, called windows 7 manager, which has a free 15 day trial. In it, it there is an option to "Enable SATA disk advanced function to improve performance." if you hover over it, it says.. "This tweak will enable advanced function of your sata hard disks, and increase disk performance to decrease read/write of SATA hard disk, but it also increases chance of data loss.."

Given the last part of that sentence, I held off, but I am wondering if anyone around here can weigh in on it..

Thanks in advance for your response..
Modern drives usually have several settings that5 BIOS and control. Performance, normal, and quiet.

It says it all. If you hear your drive and it annoys you you can make it quieter with a slight performance hit, normal is a compromise faster but noisier, and perf is I dont care how load its is give me warp drive. Problem with perf is that it has to forgo some safety checks to achieve the speed.

Sata is a pretty safe format, but choose your poison safety or speed. Since HD is always the bottleneck device, and since I back up everything daily, and my data on this machine is not critical I use perf. perf also tends to kill drives faster. I have been thru 3 doa (seagates) in 18 months.

Good luck

Ken
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14 Sep 2009   #4
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

The Jumper pin is for forced compatibility with older SATA 1 controllers.
Quote:
...some older SATA controllers do not properly implement SATA speed negotiation. Affected systems require the user to set the SATA 3 Gbit/s peripherals to 1.5 Gbit/s mode...
But mechanical HDD barely even fully utilize 1.5gb/s let alone 3gb/s so adjusting that really wouldn't have an effect. I have no idea about the software or its features, but enabling Advanced Host Controller Interface could be what you really want.
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14 Sep 2009   #5
musiclover7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Here is a clip of the tweak I am describing..


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14 Sep 2009   #6
musiclover7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

K.. thanks for that folks..
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14 Sep 2009   #7
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by musiclover7 View Post
Here is a clip of the tweak I am describing..
My problem isn't with the warning disclaimer. Its the random failures, and freezes and data corruption that worries me.
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14 Sep 2009   #8
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

interesting that someone has mentioned windows 7 manager.

just yesterday i got myself a job with the chinese software company, yamicsoft, to improve the english translation used on this program.

@antman - i don't agree that you don't need software to tweak windows 7 - control panel applets and regedit are software after all. while i admit that third party tweakers need to be used with caution, well-written tools make the job a lot easier. personally, i find it a lot simpler ticking or unticking boxes or moving slider controls, rather than having to trawl through countless obscure and cryptic registry keys if i want to make changes to my operating system.
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14 Sep 2009   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You don't need it. It may be convenient.
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14 Sep 2009   #10
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by musiclover7 View Post
Here is a clip of the tweak I am describing..
And here is the simple thing it does...

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