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Frequently Asked Questions
MaxBoost Software Beta Test
How does MaxBoost work?
MaxBoost is a performance filter driver for Windows specifically designed to work on Maxtor drives. MaxBoost intelligently monitors and caches I/O requests to the drive in order to improve performance.
Doesn't Windows have its own caching scheme built in?
Yes, Windows has its own caching scheme residing at the file system level; however, MaxBoost provides performance improvements above and beyond the Windows caching scheme.
How is this different from the cache built into the drive?
MaxBoost provides a larger cache and an advanced caching algorithm that complements the cache built into the drive.
What kind of performance increase can I expect?
MaxBoost provides performance gains ranging from 2-50%. MaxBoost can be benefit performance in a wide range of applications ranging from file copying to business applications to multimedia playback. One way to measure the performance improvement provided by MaxBoost is to run the Business and High-End Disk benchmarks is the VeriTest WinBench 99 test suite. WinBench utilizes the access patterns of applications such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Premiere to provide an accurate, real-world measure of disk performance. WinBench 99 is available for download from www.etestinglabs.com. Individual system results will vary depending upon system configuration, processor speed, available memory, drive speed, applications, and benchmarks.
MaxBoost doesn't work on my computer even though it has the required system configuration. Who should I contact for help?
Because MaxBoost is currently available as an unsupported beta, Maxtor technical support representatives, the Maxtor.com website, and the Maxtor Knowledge Base will be unable to assist you with this product. If you are experiencing any issues with MaxBoost, please send a detailed description of the issue to email@example.com. We will use your feedback to improve future versions of MaxBoost.
Why won't MaxBoost work on my older computer with less RAM and a slower processor?
MaxBoost requires a minimum set of memory and processor resources to effectively boost disk performance. The minimum specifications necessary to ensure a consistent performance boost are a 700 MHz processor and 256MB of RAM.
Will this work on my Seagate/WD/IBM/Hitachi/Fujitsu/Samsung hard drive?
No, MaxBoost will only allow you to enable its caching scheme on Maxtor and Quantum branded hard drives; however, it can coexist peacefully with other drives. MaxBoost has not been tested with competitor's drives.
Is MaxBoost WHQL certified?
No, filter drivers are not required to be WHQL certified by Microsoft at this time.
Can MaxBoost be used with the Intel Application Accelerator or VIA Hyperion drivers?
Yes, but you should install MaxBoost after you install either of these drivers.
Is MaxBoost compatible with Hyper-Threading on Intel processors?
MaxBoost is not currently compatible with the Hyper-Threading functionality of select Intel processors. To use MaxBoost on a system with Hyper-Threading, you must disable Hyper-Threading in the system BIOS. See your system documentation for details.