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SATA HD's slowing down drastically

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When i first got this system (Gateway) my average read speed was 120MB/s.
It is now down to 53.7MB/s. These readings are from HdTach. I check the speed every
week and each time, its slower than the last reading.

My system is a Intel Pentium 4HT, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
My Motherboard Name = Intel Bonanza D875PBZ (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 4 DIMM, LAN).
My chipset id is =Motherboard Chipset Intel Canterwood i875P.

Looking at the Intel site, they say the SATA drivers are included in the chipset (ICH5??).

I have re-installed WinXP Home (SP2) twice. Once using the OEM system cd's and once
using the full version of WinXP. Neither showed any change in the speed. I dont really
have that much stuff on my HD's. Several partitions are empty of data (having data on
them makes no difference in speed.

I have exhausted Google and other hardware forums searching for an answer but no
help was found.

I want to get my SATA HD speed back to where it was.

Looking for any ideas because i'm completely out,
savagcl :tazz: ;) ;)
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