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    Default SATA 3 not recognized

    Hello all,

    I recently purchased a WD caviar Black 2tb 7200 rpm sata 3 64mb cache and while installation was a breeze HD Tune Pro does not recognize the drive as sata 3. See attached photo. All cables were connected properly and the rest of my rig is listed in my signature. HD Tune Pro. does detect my main drive as a sata 3 as well as my external drive. I use Windows 7 pro 64 bit.

    Can anybody help?




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    Default Re: SATA 3 not recognized

    In looking at online reviews just now, only the two white SATA ports are SATA6b/s with the remaining four blue SATA ports are SATA3Gb/s.

    Just a guess on my part but by chance is that screenie taken with the drive connected to one of the blue SATA ports?

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    And I haven't used WD drives in ages. Do they still have jumpers that enable to lower the transfer rate? If so you might check that too.

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    Default Re: SATA 3 not recognized

    No, the drive is connected to one of my white SATA6b/s ports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xphead View Post
    No, the drive is connected to one of my white SATA6b/s ports.
    Thanks for the clarification.

    :) Yea, I'd have those two much slower 1000rpm Raptors in your sig connected to the slower blue ports. Makes sense now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by - wardog - View Post
    And I haven't used WD drives in ages. Do they still have jumpers that enable to lower the transfer rate? If so you might check that too.
    There are no jumpers connected.
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    HDD: WD 1 TB External 7200 rpm
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    Audio: M-Audio Sonica Theater & the amazing Logitech Z-2200 speaker system
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    Default Re: SATA 3 not recognized

    Quote Originally Posted by xphead View Post
    There are no jumpers connected.
    If not, that is not a good sign, since your HDD has pins for jumpers that can set it to SATA II mode, see page 3 of this document:

    Specifications for the Caviar Black SATA 3.0 Gb/s and 6.0 Gb/s drives

    Do you have the Intel IRST driver installed from your board's download page? If so, you have the IRST Windows UI installed, which can be accessed from Control Panel. Run it and select you drive from the list. On the left under the drive information you'll see Advanced in blue, click on that and it will show the true connected speed of that HDD.

    Frankly, so called "SATA III" HDDs cannot even surpass SATA II speeds, note that the "host to/from drive (sustained)" speed is 138MB/s, which is a bit above real world SATA I (yes, SATA I) speeds.

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    Default Re: SATA 3 not recognized

    You usually need a driver to enable usb3 ports hence see usb3 HDs
    Yes, Sata3 surpasses sata2 easily but only in binary transfer mode hence moving large zip files (for example) can make it to 400MBs - this is what I see here on my system
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    Default Re: SATA 3 not recognized

    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    If not, that is not a good sign, since your HDD has pins for jumpers that can set it to SATA II mode, see page 3 of this document:

    Specifications for the Caviar Black SATA 3.0 Gb/s and 6.0 Gb/s drives

    Do you have the Intel IRST driver installed from your board's download page? If so, you have the IRST Windows UI installed, which can be accessed from Control Panel. Run it and select you drive from the list. On the left under the drive information you'll see Advanced in blue, click on that and it will show the true connected speed of that HDD.

    Frankly, so called "SATA III" HDDs cannot even surpass SATA II speeds, note that the "host to/from drive (sustained)" speed is 138MB/s, which is a bit above real world SATA I (yes, SATA I) speeds.
    I installed the IRST driver but it didn't change anything. Regardless whether SATA III is better or not I'm still puzzled as to why my external HDD and my internal SSD shows SATA III and this one doesn't.
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    HDD: WD Raptor 150Gb 1000 rpm
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    HDD: WD 1 TB External 7200 rpm
    GFX: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850
    Audio: M-Audio Sonica Theater & the amazing Logitech Z-2200 speaker system
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    Default Re: SATA 3 not recognized

    Quote Originally Posted by xphead View Post
    I installed the IRST driver but it didn't change anything. Regardless whether SATA III is better or not I'm still puzzled as to why my external HDD and my internal SSD shows SATA III and this one doesn't.
    As I said before, you can verify the SATA link speed to your HDDs by running the IRST program listed in Control Panel. That includes your eSATA drive. This program will also verify what ports each drive is connected to, by their numbers. If that or another drive are not listed as on ports 0 or 1, it is not on a SATA III port.

    That driver was not meant to change anything, but simply to use its user interface to verify your HDD's SATA link speed. 90% of other programs just read the drive's SATA speed rating, which is not the actual speed of the port it is connected to.

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