James Barton has has a simple tweak to improve disk performance on Windows machines.
How to Check Current Transfer Mode
- Open Device Manager
- Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers
- Double click on Primary IDE Controller or Secondary IDE Controller
- Go to the Advanced Settings tab to see the current transfer modes. If you see anything besides UltraDMA-6, and especially if you see PIO Mode, then
Go to James’ site and follow his directions. It involves editing the registry which can be tricky. So follow the directions carefully.