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sata hard drive-is it working properly?

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I built a new system with a evga 650i mobo, core 2 duo, 2 gig ram, and wd sata drive. This is with xp home. When testing the drive speed in device manager under sata controller with all boxes checked, it shows 94 mg burst speed and 79 mg sustained speed. It says theoretical speed 300 mg. Are these speeds correct? If they're too slow how do I correct this? These are the same whether windows or the bios determines the speed. The system takes 40 seconds to boot to desktop. Is this correct or slow?
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The 300 figure is what it says there in front of you, a theoretical maximum speed. In reality it'll probably never reach anywhere near that sped.

As to booting times, every system is different with different combinations of hardware (often in varying states of health) so just because yours takes 40 seconds to boot to desktop may be long, it may be short. There is no real correct booting time figure.
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