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Thread: Extremely poor hard drive performance?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2004


    Ever since I installed WinXP Pro on my machine, my disk performance seemed very poor. Ran the disk benchmark in Sandra2002 and confirmed it. Right now I am only getting a score of 8365 on a 13.6Gb 7200RPM ATA66 drive. With Win98SE I used to score around 15000! Tried the UDMA66 patch and it didn't help. Any ideas?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Texas, USA


    What kind of system are we talking about here? It may be something in the way of IDE drivers that we need to look at.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2002


    Current system is WinXP Pro on:

    MSI K7T Pro2-A (latest BIOS)
    Duron [email protected]
    512MB PC-133 CL2 (2 x 256, 1 crucial and 1 kingston)
    WD 13.6 GB UDMA66
    SB Live X-Gamer
    Viper 770 Ultra
    Plex 12/10/32A
    Creative 52X CD-Rom
    Linksys Ethernet
    Generic Lucent Winmodem

    -Hard drive is the only drive on the Primary IDE channel
    -Installed VIA 4in1 4.37 (also uninstalled and tried WinXP default with no difference in performance)
    -UDMA is enabled under device manager, but when I look at DMA in System Info I only see "Channel 2 Standard Floppy Disk Controller," and "Channel 4 Direct Memory Access Controller." Not sure, but I seem to remember that Win98SE listed all DMA enabled devices individually.
    -I didn't do a clean install, I did an upgrade from Win98SE but did not change any hardware. I did convert the drive to NTFS, and unfortunately did not run any benchmarks before I converted so I don't know if that is part of the problem.

    I'm banging my head against the wall on this. Any help is greatly appreciated.
    "Remember, incognito"

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