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    Indeed they are. I used to have a WD 40GB BB (7200RPM, 2MB buffer) as a system drive running as a master on my board, and my 160GB Maxtor (7200RPM, 8MB buffer) running on my PCI 133 controller card as a master. I could hit in the 1300-1400 range for HDD score in PCMark2002. Well, that WD burnt out on me, and I replaced it with another Maxtor Diamond Max (7200RPM, 2Mb cache), and I ran them both off the controller card (60GB as a master, 160GB as the slave) so that they could run ATA133 on both of em. Well, I recently ran PCMark2002 again, and I got about 1100. Ahem :confused: . So, is this because the PCI controller card sucks because its PCI (slow, 33mhz, etc), and would it be better for me to plug them both into the system board (the board is only ATA/100 tho)? Or is the master/slave combonation slowing me down? Or are there other solutions? Just wondering, thx alot for any replies, : peace2: Mista K6

    P.S. Oh yah, when I move some windows around on my desktop (especially AIM convos), they skip to where they're suppose to be, not smoothly like IE windows. The system drive works when I do this, so I take it it's an HDD thing too. Any ideas? :shrug:
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    As I keep tellin' ppl, "ATA133 is a farse as the PCI bus is a bottleneck for starters and a good ATA100 HDD is just as fast" (SATA on the PCI bus is just as bad off), but your 60GB drive is likely slowin' the other down anyway as the channel will default to the speed of your slowest drive.

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    I'm not certain if this is your problem, or if it applies to your particular drive, Maxtor uses acoustic management on their drives which can cause poor performance.

    ie. they slow down the drive's performance for the sake of keeping it quiet.

    below, you will find 2 links on the topic - read them carefully and see if they apply to you and your particular model drive;

    http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/downloads/setacm.htm

    http://www.adriansrojakpot.com/Speed...t_Store_01.htm

    the second link is a full article, so don't forget the additional pages available there.

    Good luck!
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    Wow, could my 160GB w/ an 8MB buffer really only be using 2mB of it? That sucks. Well, I looked at that program, little unclear about it. It says use a clean boot disk, what the heck is that? Usually you just reboot w/ the floppy in it, and the A: prompt comes up... is there an extra step? And changing the acoustic management doesnt affect data, like I wont lose my reports or anyhting, right? Tomorrow I ahve some time, so I'm going to try running it master/slave in the mobo (ATA 100) and 60GB master in mobo, 160GB master in PCI card, and finally 160MB master in mobo, 60GB in the card (although having a boot drive off a card and my additional storage in the mobo seems screwed up...). Also, any ideas on that desktop slowdown with the windows? Thx for the replies so far, I'll fiddle around with it tomorrow. : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    Running em on the same channel must be screwing me over, I plugged em to my board and my score went from in the 1100's to 1000's (1070) :( . I'm going to put them on different channels now. THe only problem is I only have one IDE channel left over after my DVD-ROM/CD-RW take up the other one. So, I'll try it w/ the 60GB in the mobo, and the 160 in the card, and then the 160 in the mobo, and the 60 in the card. I'll see what gives me the best and go with that. : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    How many channels are on that controller card? :?:

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    two different channels are on the controller card, but it'll seriously screw up my air flow to my video card if I run two IDE cables over to it. But good news, I plugged in my 60GB to the HDD, and the 160GB to the card, and my score is in the 1400's now :D (top score was 1425), with about 7GB of data on each drive. The other way wouldnt even boot windows, so whoops, lol. Also, how do I change the acoustic management? If mine's set to quiet, maybe I could benefit from fast (I have rubber grommets on the drives to absorb vibrations). THe directions were a little unclear, so can someone explain how I make the floppy for it? Thx alot, : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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