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DP55WB Striped RAID read speed slow in Windows XP

DP55WB / 2 X 2 GB DDR 1333 / 320 GB SATA II Seagate + 2 X 500 GB SATA II WD RAID Edition ( YS ) / core 17-860

Windows XP SP3 + online updates , latest bios & drivers as of 25/12/2009

320 GB is non raid ( for OS ) ; 2 X 50-0 GB is setup as striped volume for video data

Striped volume read/write speed shows no improvement when checked with various benchmarking software

enabled write cache + changed stripe size but no change

Similar setup on an earlier X38 mbd with lower processor does show twice the speed on the striped volume

Please suggest

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I suggest try installing IMSM 8.8 (yes it works on the P55 chip) and see if thats any better no need to uninstall IMSM 8.9 (which you are likely using) and will install the 8.8 RAID drivers when you install it.

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=2101&DwnldID=17412&lang=eng http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=2101&DwnldID=17412&lang=eng

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thanks for the tip however raid driver ver 8.8 did not help . The results are as follows

raid driver ver 8.9 single non raid drive = 112 MB/s striped raid read = 115 MB/s ( should be about double )

raid driver ver 8.8 single non raid drive = 95 MB/s striped raid drive = 112 MB/s

will try a 3 way stripe and revert with the results in a day

"Intel" why no software debugging before release ... Need someone to do it for you ! ?

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You took the SATA 1.5 Gbps limit jumper out of the drive?

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Problem Solved .. Thanks for your responses .. below is the summary

Yes the drives were all unjumpered for SATA 3.0 and the interface speed verified with "hwinfo"

The configuration was 2 Nos 500 GB HDD Striped ( Seagate ST3500641NS NL35.2 .. these are NearLine SATA drives )

It was not the WD Raid Edition Drive (YS Series ) as reported earlier

When replaced with the regular Seagate 7200.12 the performance jumped ( doubled )

So it is clearly a problem with the Seagate NL Series drives

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