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Default Standard IDE controller (Windows 7 experiences) - 10-27-2010, 09:37 AM

As part of updating to Windows 7 I added a Western Digital Caviar Black 250Gb drive (7200 rpm) to replace the stock Seagate which under WinXP gave me a data transfer rate of about 2Mb/s (very bad).

Disk performance on the Mini 1010 remains disappointing, experience rating between 2.6 and 3.

I note in device manager that the controller is listed as a bog standard IDE controller, a basic driver provided by Microsoft.

I installed the chipset utility shown on the Windows 7 driver thread, this has not updated the driver for the controller at all. In the spec for this chipset I can see it supports UDMA modes, in Windows 7 I can see the drive is currently operating under PIO Mode 4 and the option to use DMA is greyed out.

Do any of you know what the controller should be in the Mini 1010, I have to assume there is a more appropriate driver than the standard IDE controller!

I know I have the option of putting a SSD in the machine which will help (at least with access time), before going down this route I would at least like to achieve the right driver for the controller.

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Default 10-27-2010, 05:27 PM

The 1010 has a peculiar design. The chipset has an IDE controller and then there is an IDE-SATA bridge chip that connects to the disk. This bridge has been known to cause various problems, low performance being one of them. It also seems to be incompatible with some SSDs.

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Default 11-12-2010, 12:02 AM

These figures from CrystalDiskMark on the Dell Mini 10 (1010) under Windows 7 can't be considered normal? The disk throughput is worse than my first PC, a Pentium 90 with 500Mb hard disk! 2.6Mb read and 2.5Mb write with one of the fastest hard disks on the market installed? Even a SATA/PATA bridge chip should not yield such awful figures.

The Dell BIOS does not allow you to tweak the drive settings either, the drive is just listed as there.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : Crystal Dew World
* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]
Sequential Read : 2.688 MB/s
Sequential Write : 2.507 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 2.614 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 2.494 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.508 MB/s [ 124.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.657 MB/s [ 404.6 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.660 MB/s [ 161.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.319 MB/s [ 322.1 IOPS]
Test : 50 MB [C: 26.0% (16.6/63.9 GB)] (x2)
Date : 2010/11/11 23:54:59
OS : Windows 7 [6.1 Build 7600] (x86)
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Default 07-12-2011, 05:13 PM

Well I got nowhere fast with this.

The hard disk runs like a one legged dog.

I tried an SSD, blue screen on installation for Win7, I believe because trim does not work over the sata-pata chip.

I took the SATA drive out and tested it on a desktop PC via USB caddy, could get 30Mb+ so it is not the drive.

Tried installation of Ubuntu 10.04. Installer says that / could not be mounted. If booting into Ubuntu and partitioning from there, every time a partition is created it puts a ! next to it saying the superblock is corrupted. Doesn't matter if 1 or even 4 partitions.

Partitioned the disk in another system, put in the mini, booted Ubuntu, installer still refuses to work saying that / could not be mounted.

Pretty much given up and reinstalling XP now.

This pata/sata bridge chip really is the biggest piece of crap I have ever had the misfortune to come up against. There are no proper drivers for it anywhere, even the Intel Embedded forum can't help!
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