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IDE vs. F6 SATA driver install on WinXP Pro & Speed Improvements?

By Savage1701
Jul 26, 2008
  1. I am using an Asus P5W64-WS MB, XP Pro SP3, and an older 74GB WD Raptor. I've never really messed around with doing the "F6" installation of RAID drivers when installing XP. Instead I've always just selected the default in the BIOS where the SATA drive is treated like an IDE device and I did not have to install the drivers during OS installation. I currently see under a speed utility that my Raptor is giving transfer rates of 85MB per sec. maximum, 24 MB per sec minimum, and 73 MB per second average.

    My question is this - what sort of improvements might I see if I did a clean install of XP Pro and configured the drive as an SATA drive using the F6 driver installation option during install?

    Also, is it worth going to a RAID 0 configuration if I am going to do the SATA thing? I would be using the ICH7R controller for that.

    Finally, what does the AHCI option allow, and is that used with the IDE or F6'd SATA driver installation?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    The HardDrive is working off the same speed on PATA or Sata.
    The F6 is usually used for Sata Drives that require extra drivers
    The Raid 0 is not the safest idea, and in actual fact normally I would say, don't do Raid anything if you're unsure.
    AHCI info found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Host_Controller_Interface
     
  3. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

  4. Savage1701

    Savage1701 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 279

    Thanks for the further info. Very interesting read on synthetic benchmarks vs. real-world improvements in RAID 0 configs.
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,967   +955

    Not With XP.....

    You've probably figured this out by now, but "ACHI" (the native single drive SATA mode) can only be run under Vista, not with any flavor of XP. So, it's either IDE or RAID.
     
  6. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    'You've probably figured this out by now, but "ACHI" (the native single drive SATA mode) can only be run under Vista, not with any flavor of XP. So, it's either IDE or RAID.'

    I beg to differ - I ran that successfully on an Asus P5GD1 with a Raptor under XP Pro with no problem.
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,647   +323

    By selecting IDE you lose NCQ ability I believe. Some benchmarks can be found here.
     
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