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Windows 7: Upgrading to SATA II

29 Sep 2009   #1
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 
Upgrading to SATA II

If a 2GB DDR 400 mHz system has SATA I drives on mobo and an add-on PCI card is attached to add a Western Digital Caviar Black SATA-II 1 TB -

The O.S. is installed to SATA-II drive. Do you think there would be benefit under this situation to move the page file to a slower SATA-I drive since it a different physical drive?

Or would the page file perform better on the SATA-II drive, even with the O.S. on this same drive?

Opinions or anyone with experience testing this?


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29 Sep 2009   #2
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
If a 2GB DDR 400 mHz system has SATA I drives on mobo and an add-on PCI card is attached to add a Western Digital Caviar Black SATA-II 1 TB -

The O.S. is installed to SATA-II drive. Do you think there would be benefit under this situation to move the page file to a slower SATA-I drive since it a different physical drive?

Or would the page file perform better on the SATA-II drive, even with the O.S. on this same drive?

Opinions or anyone with experience testing this?
A secondary drive, on a second controller is optimal. Simultaneous read/writes are possible this way, plus the controllers are not q'ing activity.
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29 Sep 2009   #3
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

That's what I though as well. Thanks!
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29 Sep 2009   #4
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I have been tyring to set mine up this way (page file on another controller and another drive) I can't seem to get it working correctly on my new P55 board. I worked well on the P45 board though. I'm sure I am doing something wrong.
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29 Sep 2009   #5
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

I assume the hard drives are mechanical. In which case mechanical HDDs hardly fill up a SATA 1 (1.5gb/s) connection. And most certainly never get close to utilizing a SATA 2 (3 gb/s) connection. Probably the only thing that would help performance is Native Command Queuing, which is available to AHCI is enabled.

But to answer your question, the page file will perform as well as it could on the SATA 1 connection.
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30 Sep 2009   #6
stevecn70

Windows 7 64bit RTM
 
 

Add 2G more of memory for $30 and not worry about the page file.

But if you don't want to do that, then it really just depends on the speed of your drives. As mentioned before, Sata I is 150MB/s and Sata II is 300MB/s I have one of the fastest drives out there and my Max Read for a SEQ file is around 130MB/s which is still fine for Sata I. So the interface really isn't going to matter much.

having it on a 2nd Drive can help but again, just depends on what you have going on on the other drive. I still have my swap file on my main C drive, I really haven't noticed any benefit to moving it to a 2nd drive because my C: drive really doesn't get used that much and everything is cached to memory first anyway. I think the only time you will really see performance gains from moving your swap file around is if you max out your physical memory. In which case, back to what I originally said, get more memory.
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