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A UDMA/66 or UDMA/100 drive runs at UDMA/33
Published  06/29/2011 | Troubleshooting Computer Page 3 | Unrated
A UDMA/66 or UDMA/100 drive runs at UDMA/33

Cause: This problem was common with IDE drives, but seldom occurs with SATA drives. The troublemaker used to be the cable that connected the drive to the motherboard.

Solution: For drives supporting UDMA/100, one needs to use an 80-pin conductor cable to make it work at its full potential. As a rule of thumb, use 80-pin conductor cables for connecting IDE drives unless the drive is older than, say, four years: back then, UDMA 33 and 66 were the de facto standard.

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