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This issue should be directed at...
The maker of that machine. Not all machines have this capability.
You might try the drive mfgs utility .. you can usually
find options to change drive features.
Let us know.
Queries posted to Seagate and Intel
Thanks. I searched the Seagate site and found links to diagnostic software (the drives pass), but not much else. There was a discussion of this situation there and Seagate pointed its corporate finger at the maker of the motherboard (Intel) so I've posed questions with Seagate support and Intel support.
Here are additional details from The Ultimate Troubleshooter. Note that this seems to identify the internal drives as "IDE" but they are clearly SATA; I have observed the cables.
Motherboard Intel Corporation DG965WH Version AAD41692-309
BIOS Intel Corp. Version MQ96510J.86A.1687.2007.0510.0258
CPU Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6700 @ 2.66GHz
CPU Socket LGA 775
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT Video RAM 256 MB
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
Total Memory (RAM) installed in this PC 2,030 MB
Memory Used 65 %
Total Page File Memory 4,274 MB
Available Page File Memory 2,431 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2,048 MB
Available Virtual Memory 1,837 MB
Hard Disks Info (IDE and Serial-ATA)
IDE 0 Manufacturer Model Number ST3500630AS
IDE 0 Manufacturer Revision Number 3.AAK
IDE 0 Manufacturer HDD Serial Number 6QG0Q1DD
IDE 0 Buffer Size -1.677722E+07 bytes
IDE 0 Cylinders 16,383
IDE 0 Heads 16
IDE 0 Sectors Per Track 63
IDE 0 Capactiy 465.76 GB
IDE 1 Manufacturer Model Number ST3250410AS
IDE 1 Manufacturer Revision Number 3.AAA
IDE 1 Manufacturer HDD Serial Number 5RY04KHW
IDE 1 Buffer Size -1.677722E+07 bytes
IDE 1 Cylinders 16,383
IDE 1 Heads 16
IDE 1 Sectors Per Track 63
IDE 1 Capactiy 232.88 GB
Drives (as showing in Windows)
Fixed Drive: C Total Capacity: 232.88 GB Used: 55.22 GB Free: 177.66 GB
Fixed Drive: D Total Capacity: 465.76 GB Used: 209.52 GB Free: 256.24 GB
DVD Reader: E ---
DVD Writer: F ---
Fixed Drive: M Total Capacity: 186.3 GB Used: 25.93 GB Free: 160.38 GB
Fixed Drive: N Total Capacity: 149.05 GB Used: 106.45 GB Free: 42.6 GB
Fixed Drive: Z Total Capacity: 465.76 GB Used: 130.04 GB Free: 335.72 GB
Let me guess.
Here I all ever do is hunt down the BIOS to allow, set, force SATA to the 3.0 speed. As to the Intel chipset then it's off to intel.com for the latest .INF for that chipset.
Is that done?
There's been only a single BIOS upgrade for this board ...
... and it appears to have nothing to do with the problem at hand. However, I downloaded the BIOS setup document and noted this entry:
Configure SATA as ...
IDE is default
RAID: enables RAID which may require you to install the RAID Driver during OS installation
AHCI: allows you to take advantage of Advanced Host Controller Interface features such as Native command Queuing, Hot plug, etc., without the option to use RAID. Requires a hard drive that supports AHCI.
In the BIOS, RAID is enabled. There is a warning on AHCI that says only Vista will support it, but that's what I have. In an unusual step, I have opted for caution and would appreciate some guidance from those who know more about these settings than I do. I really don't want to convert the computer into a highly efficient door stop.
So changing "Configure SATA as ..."
... won't have any effect?
IDE is default, according to Intel's documentation, but it's set to RAID. AHCI is available and eliminates RAID.
Thanks! Clearly I haven't been keeping up with the hardware.
Exactly which utility did you use ?
The one that creates the floppy disk (I've only used this one) or the one that runs under Windows ?
I used the one that runs under Windows ...
SeaTools. It's a basic diagnostic tool. I looked at Disk Wizard, but it seems to be just a special version of Acronis software. I already have the full version of Acronis True Image installed, so I think there's nothing to be gained from installing Disk Wizard.
I looked at the Seagate WEB and it looked to me like
SeaTools, the Windows version, had an Advanced Tab with 'Settings' menu item.
Not sure what 'Settings' they're referring to but I'm thinking they might be 'acoustic management', delayed writes, etc., Although not the main purpose, it's possible Disk Wizard has drive setting features...just don't have time to research it further.
The rest I'll leave to you.