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zcc
16-04-2008, 05:11 PM
Well....

I just bought 2 ST3500320AS 500gb hard drives.
And I found that they came out of the box with a jumper attached that LIMITED them to SATA150.
I removed the jumper and they become SATA300.

AND
The same jumper was on my ST31000340AS 1000gb hard drive.

So if you have purchased ANY Seagate drives lately then I would suggest you check if the jumper is there, if so remove it so you can get full speed out of your drive (***be carefull***).

I was recovering from a Western Digital Caviar WD5000KS Hard Disk Drive, 500GB, 7200rpm, 16384KB Cache, SATA-2 hard drive failure... drive only purchased in Oct 2006... but warranty out... Seagate has a 5yr warranty...!

wratterus
16-04-2008, 05:32 PM
Yep, well aware of that. :)

I'm sure some members will be pleased for the heads up.

nofam
16-04-2008, 07:01 PM
Are the jumpers there to limit the drives for older MoBo's?

Agent_24
16-04-2008, 08:55 PM
yes, although most controllers can automatically fall back to 1.5 if 3.0 is not supported.

the jumper is there for when that fails to work properly

PaulD
16-04-2008, 11:51 PM
Well....

I just bought 2 ST3500320AS 500gb hard drives.
And I found that they came out of the box with a jumper attached that LIMITED them to SATA150.

So if you have purchased ANY Seagate drives lately then I would suggest you check if the jumper is there, if so remove it so you can get full speed out of your drive (***be carefull***).



The only part of the drive that can transfer data faster than 150MB/s is the cache memory and that won't make much difference overall. The data comes off the disk around 80MB/s max.

CYaBro
16-04-2008, 11:56 PM
I was recovering from a Western Digital Caviar WD5000KS Hard Disk Drive, 500GB, 7200rpm, 16384KB Cache, SATA-2 hard drive failure... drive only purchased in Oct 2006... but warranty out... Seagate has a 5yr warranty...!

Western Digital Hard Drives have a 3 year warranty so your one should be repaired/replaced.

apsattv
17-04-2008, 01:29 AM
I have one of these hd's, they are blazingly fast. The Seagate 7200.7 it replaced averaged about 40 m/b read speed in hdtach the new seagate reads 97 on average.

zcc
18-04-2008, 02:11 AM
The only part of the drive that can transfer data faster than 150MB/s is the cache memory and that won't make much difference overall. The data comes off the disk around 80MB/s max.
Really?

Well it sure seems faster and the benchmarks have improved a whole lot. For the 1TB drive.
The website IMPLIES that its 300 out of the box when it is not.

PENTIUM
18-04-2008, 04:27 PM
W D drives do not all have 3yrs. Try having a chat to Dick Smith about that!

FoxyMX
18-04-2008, 06:12 PM
I was recovering from a Western Digital Caviar WD5000KS Hard Disk Drive, 500GB, 7200rpm, 16384KB Cache, SATA-2 hard drive failure... drive only purchased in Oct 2006... but warranty out...

Where did you buy it? AFAIK WD hard drives also had 3 year warranties 18 months ago. Apart from Dick Smith that is. :rolleyes:

CYaBro
18-04-2008, 07:03 PM
W D drives do not all have 3yrs. Try having a chat to Dick Smith about that!

Even if it is only a 1 year warranty, under the CGA you should be able to get it repaired/replaced. 18 months is not a reasonable life span of a HDD.