You’ve just installed a new SATA disk, but you find that you are only getting half of the expected throughput. What is a likely cause of this issue?
A) The disk has a hardware fault
B) The drive is jumpered to the 150 MB/sec speed option
C) The SATA disk is connected to a PATA controller
D) The Windows disk driver needs to be updated
E) It’s early. The disk performs much better after some coffee and a few emails.
The answer: B) The drive is jumpered to the 150 MB/sec speed option
Many SATA disks contain a jumper that enables the original (and slower) 150 MB/sec throughputs for compatibility with older hardware. If you’re not seeing the throughput you’d expect, check the jumpers on the drive.
Want to know more? Watch “Installing and Configuring Storage Devices.”
Today’s personal computer can use many different storage devices, and there are important considerations for the installation and configuration of each type. In this episode, you’ll learn how to install PATA drives, SATA drives, and you’ll learn how to properly install and care for external removable drives.