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Old 02-08-2004, 01:16 PM   #1
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Unhappy Help- Needed With Raptor Drive

I have installed my 74gig raptor drive using the sata cable to sata1 on my Asus P4P800 board. As I only have one I have not installed any raid drivers etc.
When I look in Sisoft Sandra in the mainboard info section it does not show any drives connected to the sata.
Cant find any info in the control panel either to say if it is set up right or wrong.

How do I check that it is installed correctly and working at the speeds it should be. At the moment it does not seem any faster than my old 7000rpm drive.

Any help or info would be appreciated.
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Old 02-08-2004, 01:19 PM   #2
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Does it show up in the control panel at all? Or just not in Sandra. If it shows up you could use HDTach to test the speeds:

http://www.simplisoftware.com/Public...=TCDhdtach.htm

BTW, the real benefits from the Raptors come from using them in Raid 0 for the OS rather than as single units.
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Old 02-08-2004, 01:22 PM   #3
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When you are not using SATA in a raid setup using the ICH5R, it will show up as a regular drive by XP. Check device manager and look under Disk Drives. The raptor should show up there.
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Old 02-08-2004, 01:23 PM   #4
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Yes m8, it shows up in the device manager list and shows that i is working correct, thats about it.

Just had this impression that it would be faster, thats all.
Just dont seem to be.
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Old 02-08-2004, 01:27 PM   #5
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Try testing it with HDTach, post the results. Let's make sure it is working correctly, but will not be trememdously faster than your 7200rpm drive without Raiding it.
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Old 02-08-2004, 01:28 PM   #6
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Your access times will be better with the raptor compared to a 7200 RPM SATA drive.

As PCBruiser said, you're transfer rates will go up with the raptors if they are utilized in a raid setup. But, those 74GB raptors cost a lot. I don't blame you for buying 1 for now. This is why I went with a pair of 36GB raptors instead and set this up in a raid 0 to get 68.9 GB of space.
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Old 02-08-2004, 01:32 PM   #7
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Run that test and shows Read Random Access Time as 7.9ms and Read Burst Speed of 84.9MB/S.

Need to save up for a few months and try a raid setup.
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Those look like proper Raptor timings.
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Old 02-08-2004, 01:37 PM   #9
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What improvement do you get with two in raid compared to that.
Is it worth doing, for the performance gain.
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Old 02-08-2004, 01:42 PM   #10
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Check this thread as someone posted what they got with raid 0 setups with a pair of 74GB raptors:

http://www.abxzone.com/forums/showth...threadid=62450
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Old 02-15-2004, 06:28 AM   #11
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Help- Needed With Raptor Drive

I just found this thread. I recently built a new pc with a 74gig Raptor drive, my HD Tach readings are; 8.8ms & 107.9MB/s.

I don't know why there should be such a variation in readings. I did download from Intel the latest INF updates for the 875P chipset, which could have made a difference.
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