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    Drive indexing

    Actually, it doesn't, a couple people there were just an argumentative sort and refused to face the facts. I'm not the only one seeing this and it's easily documented, as I did in the thread. Note that those with 1GB or less will tend not to see it, because SuperFetch doesn't do much fetching with so little RAM. Fortunately, I'm in position to have gotten MS's attention on this, and the suggestion for SuperFetch configurability is officially logged with them.
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    Drive indexing

    I definitely think that you can't say SuperFetch definitely shouldn't be disabled, since it's behind one of the most common complaints about Vista: "Why is my disk light solid red so often?". Read some of the debate about it here: So for me it was a case of diminished returns: Do I want some apps to load a little faster at the cost of the system often feeling like I'm doing a mass file copy in the background? No. I will enable it again if/when MS allows us to configure it. First thing I'd do? Exclude my data drive, which contains massive VM and multimedia files. SuperFetch LOVES those.
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    VISTA AAM control

    And I didn't have any luck with HDD Scan either (even with "Run as Administrator"). Boot DOS and run the Hitachi Feature Tool, which works great. It's not like you have to set it more than once anyway.
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    Drive indexing

    I'm assuming that's what he's talking about (i.e. modern search engines), as opposed to the indexing service in 2000/XP, which was a semi-functional joke. The one that's everywhere in Vista is a godsend and lightning fast. I particularly love what it's done for the Start menu. BTW, unless you have a HUGE amount of data, indexing pretty much finishes its work early on, and you really never see it working obviously again, since your data only grows slowly in most cases. MS was also very smart about limiting the scope of what's indexed. Now, SuperFetch, that's the troublemaker, since you CAN'T limit its scope. It precaches everything you've ever touched, no matter what size it is. 8GB VM file? Let's precache it. I disabled it early on.
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    pata, sata or sata 2 ?

    Yes, an sata2 drive will work fine on an sata controller. In some cases, a jumper is provided to put the drive into sata mode, and if that's available, use it. There's no reason to get a pata drive, unless it's a lot cheaper. There will be no performance difference because of the interface choice. More about that here (where drives, regardless of interface, top out at about 85MB/s):
  6. How new is the AAK exactly if it's newer than the AAE? I ask because I just bought a 7200.10 320GB PATA, and when checking its warranty the date came back March 10, 2010, which means it was made less than a month ago (date code of 07283, whatever that means). The firmware? AAE.
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    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9

    That's really awful. The warranty situation for many drive vendors is confusing and in flux, but Maxtor made that 3-year declaration you mentioned for this model of drive "purchased on or after May 12, 2003." The question is, what was it before that? Maxtor actually increased their warranty?! Note that you can get into their Support section and enter the drive's serial there just to double-check what they're saying. A loophole might be that the warranty kicks in from the date of purchase, not the date on the drive....
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    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9

    J-frog, that makes sense, since it's a small drive with a single platter. It's a different story when you get three platters in there, which the larger DM9's need.
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    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9

    I was recently able to compare a Maxtor DM9+ 200GB 6Y200M0 dated 4/21/04 with an identical one circa late summer '03 (both Y6 serials). The old one is YAR51BW0, while the new one is YAR51EW0, so it's odd that the ones you reference, with a wider range of dates, remain the same. I wish I knew what the firmware change means in this case. Not sure what to say about write numbers, but maybe try 2.7? A note about these drives (at least mine): they run damn hot. Have good cooling, or on a warm day you'll pass 50C without trying. By comparison, my Maxtor DM9+ 160GB 6Y160P0 runs quite cool (typically 15C cooler!), and I think part of the reason for that is that the 160GB is a Y4, meaning two 80GB platters. The three platters in the larger drives apparently make a large difference, at least in this case.
  10. True, but as I'm thinking about that now, with the exception of the 100GB/platter drives that just came out, it seems to me it's impossible to get away with using only two platters/four heads once you hit 200GB. If this is the key factor, shouldn't more people with other drive brands of this size or larger be seeing these kinds of temps? I wonder if more things play into it, like how well the firmware is directing the drive in its actions.
  11. continuum, yes I've touch-tested both of them, and the 200GB is noticeably warmer. Your Maxline Plus II seems like a very similar drive, but I think it has 83GB platters, which may be what's keeping things in check for you. I'd be very happy with only a 10C rise. So far, the comments indicate that my flavor of Maxtor is not exactly the coolest in town, and summer's not even here yet. Short of directing a gale force at it, which is not possible with my case, I guess the question is what these seemingly "normal" hot temperatures mean, as Zstation mentioned. For such a similar drive as the 160 to be dead cool by comparison is puzzling, but if it's not the platter situation causing that, I'd like to know what is. I think the latest version of the 200's do come with 80GB platters.
  12. Before taking action with replacing the drive, I'm trying to figure out what's normal. My Maxtor DM9+ 200GB SATA (6Y200M0) runs 15C to 20C over case ambient. And with case ambient often around 30C, that puts me around 50C or a little more quite often. Now, you may be thinking case problems (I use as both case fans, all it allows), but then how to explain what happens if I put a Maxtor DM9+ 160GB PATA (6Y160P0) in there instead: it runs at or just a few degrees above case ambient! Clearly something is out of whack with the larger SATA drive. If platter density or the number of platters have anything to do with it, I list that data below, and I encourage anyone reporting back here to do the same: 6Y200M0 (Sep 2003), Firmware YAR51BW0, Serial Y6... Therefore 6 heads, 3 platters each 68GB 6Y160P0 (Sep 2003), Firmware YAR41BW0, Serial Y4... Therefore 4 heads, 2 platters each 80GB Thanks
  13. natrap, check out your IDE configuration section. The feature essentially makes programs think the drive is running on a standard IDE controller. I really don't know how prevalent this option is, but it can be handy for the odd program like this one.
  14. A couple notes: -Maxtor's AMSET ( does work fine for SATA drives, at least for me, if you go into the BIOS and temporarily set your SATA into "legacy/compatibility" mode (terminology may vary by vendor). Then just set it back afterwards. -In response to the first message, even if you're using the Hitachi tool, for a Maxtor, there are only two AAM settings: quiet and fast. Quiet: Quietest seeks, the speed of the seek operation is reduced to its lowest level to provide the quietest operations, this level has the most impact on drive performance. Fast: Fastest seeks, the speed of the seek operation is reduced to provide quieter operation with the least amount of impact on the drive performance. The default is FAST. I've seen more than one person say they can't hear the difference between Quiet and Fast, though I'm sure that varies by drive. You can also use the utility to turn the feature OFF for maximum performance. -Someone mentioned not knowing what's causing disk activity. This is the tool for that: -Maxtor put out an excellent article ( that gives quite a few thresholds and guidelines to keep in mind about heat. They say the magic temperature to keep below is 55C. -An alternative to DTEMP is HDD Health:
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    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9

    Is this right or is it guesswork? 1) 6Y160P0 (Sep 2003), Firmware YAR41BW0, Serial Y4... Therefore 4 heads, 2 platters each 80GB 2) 6Y200M0 (Sep 2003), Firmware YAR51BW0, Serial Y6... Therefore 6 heads, 3 platters each 68GB The reason I'm interested in this is I'm trying to figure out why the latter drive runs warmer. More platters/heads, I guess, would explain it.