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  1. Orca

    access time => seek time ?

    Of course, the fact that they have changed the seek spec. on the website and datasheet from <9ms to <=9.4ms is purely co-incidental :wink:
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    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9

    I guess it must be either the pwer supply or more likely the molex connector/wires that you are using to connect the drive. How about trying a different molex drive power cable ?
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    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9

    Green LEDs ? Are you sure that the power button is set up to power-off or go to suspend. Normally when powered off there are no LEDs on, but when in suspend (S1) the power LED is still on. However, I used to have a motherboard (Soyo) that had an LED on it that showed it was connected to power ever when in the off state. The point of this was to warn users not to plug/unplug anything unless the system was unplugged at the wall socket. When an ATX system is "off" the PCI and AGP slots are still powered for example (so that cards can wake the system).
  4. Have you tried using no sound card ? Does that solve the video glitches ?
  5. I queried the average seek time I measured for my 2-head 6Y080L0 drive with Maxtor: 13.7ms - 4.2ms (latency) = 9.5ms seek time ? They said: no - 13.7 - 4.2 (latency) - 0.1 (BIOS/driver overhead) - 0.5 (settle time) = 8.9ms :?: Ok, I can understand allowing for the BIOS/driver overhead, although with modern systems I rather doubt that it makes a measurable difference (they actually said <0.1ms, so allow 0.1). But taking of 0.5ms for "settle time" ? This seems a bit odd - using this formula would give a 7.8ms seek time for the 3-head 6Y080L0. Surely the "settling" is part of the "seek" ?
  6. :oops: ok, I see it in the review now -sorry :oops:
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    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9

    You didn't unplug / plug with the power on, did you ?
  8. I've just read this again (to see if it offered any insight into the "correct" way to work out seek time from access time). One thing I noticed was the apparent importance of burst rate, due to the likelyhood of cache hits: In the light of this, it would seem possible the Maxtor ATA drives may benefit from using UDMA-133 as opposed to UDMA-100. Since TB3 only uses UDMA-100 it would seem that these drives are not being allowed to work at their fullest performance. Therefore it seems to me that to make fair comparisons, a UDMA-133 compatible controller should be used. At the least, it would seem a good idea to test a current Maxtor drive (eg. DM+9) again using a UDMA-133 controller, testing both in 133 and 100 modes and seeing if there is a significant difference in any tests. If not... then the current tests are valid, but if the difference is significant then I think the published tests should reflect this. I'm not saying that using UDMA-133 will make much difference; I really don't know. I'm using UDMA-66 for drive :wink:
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    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9

    It's just bad editing - the previous version of the spec. sheet said
  10. Orca

    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9

    :roll: you've read the spec. sheet :?: What is it about and that you don't understand ?
  11. Orca

    Maxtor 60GB Drive made in the U.S.A ?

    Why not just email Maxtor and ask them where the "made in USA" drive was made ? :roll:
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    Annoyed with Maxtor.

    If your drive has the wrong warranty date when you look at the page on the Maxtor website, contact Maxtor warranty@maxtor.com and they can change the date, they did for me - no problem.
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    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9

    Eugene: what firmware versions are the different drives using? I see that the seek time is quoted as <=9.4ms - it says that on the website now as well. Previously the website and datasheet said <9ms. My 3-head 6Y080L0 measures 8.3ms, while my 2-head version measures 9.5ms.
  14. See my post here: http://forums.storagereview.net/viewtopic....ighlight=maxtor Doesn't anyone ever use Search before they post a question ? :roll:
  15. I think the only accurate way to find the bus speeds is to find the clock generator chip on your motherboard, then go to the chip manufacturer's website and get the spec. sheet. This will tell you want FSB and PCI speed combinations are available.