Windows – eSata plugged into Sata socket via adaptor cable very slow

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Why would an external eSata Drive (xSonic with 500Gb notebook Hard Drive) run ok on a Silicon Image based PCI-E to eSata adaptor at about 35MB/s, But then run really slow when plugged into NForce4 Sata socket via cable?

I have another version of the problem with Really slow 1MB/s!!! performance on a ASUS P5K Pro Motherboard with E8400 CPU. This time the same card is plugged into a PCI-E socket.
The same eSata drive is plugged into the Esata port on the card.

All this is running on Windows XP Pro 32bit.

Any suggestions on how to diagnose the problems??

Best Answer

  • Have you tried using on of the S.M.A.R.T. HD tools? I would use one of these tools to see if there is a difference in read/write errors.

    Some programs that read the S.M.A.R.T. information from the hard drive are: