I purchased this drive a couple of days ago and I cannot get it to transfer files faster than 2-3MB/s even after following all instructions on forums, etc.
Here's what I've done so far:
1) I've set the jumpers to 7-8 before installing the drive, no change in speed.
2) Removed the partitions, removed the drive and re-added the drive, ran WD Align. After running, WD Align reports the drive and volume as being aligned, with nothing further required. It is one partition only.
ASUS P4P800 motherboard: The motherboard supports SATA 1 only, I have a SATA 1 drive in there which is a WD2000JD.
Other drives (tested with HD tune):
Maxtor 6Y080L0 80 GB (IDE): Avg transfer rate 46.4 MB/s || Access time: 14.5 ms
Western Digital WDC200JD (SATA I): Avg. transfer rate 38.6 MB/s || Access time: 14.4 ms
Western Digital WD300AB (IDE): Avg transfer rate 28.6 MB/s || Access time: 13.6 ms
Western Digital WD15EARS (SATA II): Transfer rates: Minimum: 2.9 MB/s Maximum: 3.3 MB/s Average: 3.3 MB/s || Access time: 15.5 ms Burst rate: 3.3 MB/s
- In other words, shockingly slow.
Another thing I did try was to jumper the disk on 5-6 to run the drive at 1.5 Gb/s rate rather than SATA-II which is 3 Gb/s, this was taken from a WD article. No change..
Does anyone have any ideas as to why I can't get past 3 MB/s, any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.. am willing to try some other things before sending it back.