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Setting Transfer Rate for an SATA Hard Drive

By Dilmog
Jul 16, 2009
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  1. Hey, my Dad recently purchased a Western Digital Caviar 640gb hard drive in order to boost the storage on his computer (which he needs due to all of the games that I've installed on it over the years :p). The motherboard that he is using is an Abit AV8 3rd Eye Motherboard, which supposedly has a maximum transfer rate over SATA of 1.5 gb/s. However, I think that the default transfer rate for the hard drive is 3.0 gb/s, so the computer has not been able to detect the drive.
    Is there any way that I could change the transfer rate of the drive to 1.5 gb/s? Maybe I could hook it up to my other computer (which is 3.0 gb/s compatible) and install some drivers that would allow me to control the transfer rate?
    Thanks!
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,813   +159

    There might be a small jumper on the SATA drive, that is used to vary the transfer rate
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Yes, there is. Pins 5-6, most likely. Here's a recent thread with more details

    When you say "can't detect" though, do you mean it doesn't show up in the BIOS, in Windows' device manager, diskmgmt.msc or under "My Computer"?
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