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Hello,

As you can see from my specs, I have a SATA which is SMART enabled but my other disk is attached to the IDE RAID controller.
My question is, how do I check that this drive is SMART capable and then activate it if appropriate?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Checking the results of Everest, seems this drive doesnt support SMART. Wonder how I can make this drive faster then?
Maybe the speed is limited because its attached to the RAID controller?

[ ST340015A (5LA2SFJ6) ]

ATA Device Properties:
Model ID ST340015A
Revision 3.01
Parameters 17684 cylinders, 16 heads, 63 sectors per track, 512 bytes per sector
LBA Sectors 17825795
Buffer 2 MB
Multiple Sectors 16
ECC Bytes 4
Max. PIO Transfer Mode PIO 3
Max. UDMA Transfer Mode Not Supported
Unformatted Capacity 8704 MB

ATA Device Features:
SMART Not Supported
Security Mode Not Supported
Power Management Not Supported
Advanced Power Management Not Supported
Write Cache Not Supported
Host Protected Area Not Supported
Power-Up In Standby Not Supported
Automatic Acoustic Management Not Supported
48-bit LBA Not Supported
Device Configuration Overlay Not Supported

ATA Device Physical Info:
Manufacturer Seagate
Hard Disk Name Barracuda 5400.1 40015
Form Factor 3.5"
Formatted Capacity 40 GB
Disks 1
Recording Surfaces 1
Physical Dimensions 146.9 x 102 x 19.99 mm
Max. Weight 454 g
Average Rotational Latency 5.55 ms
Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Max. Internal Data Rate 445 Mbit/s
Average Seek 12.5 ms
Interface Ultra-ATA/100
Buffer-to-Host Data Rate 100 MB/s
Buffer Size 2 MB
 

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Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
This is one of the main factors in the drive seeming slow, if it is the drive itself slowing down the machine and not some other factor. If you are used to a 7200 rpm drive, this one will be approx 20% slower
 

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Thanks guy makes more sence now.
I have however updated my BIOS from F4 to F5.
 

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Thanks StumpedTechy for pointing out that SMART is only a diagnostics tool and not a performance improvement tool. Actually being a diagnostics tool I wouldnt be suprised if it actually slowed the drive.
So Im not bothered about it, thanks again.
 
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