View Full Version : WD drives 'don't like high FSB'??
05-07-02, 11:49 PM
So i was reading around in the OS section of the boards, and someone was talking about corrupt files during WinXP bootup. Then someone else suggested it might be due to a too-high FSB, and that Fujitsu and WD drives are not good for high PCI speeds.
Well, when I first set up this computer, I tried PCI speeds of 35 and 37, which acted kind of flakey. I got corrupted files once too. I finally decided my CPU doesn't like speeds above 2.4GHz. Now, this may have all been due to too high memory speed and settings, but I need to know: Are the new WD drives (*BB series and *JB) usable at high FSB speeds? Especially from someone who has one of said drives...
05-08-02, 01:11 AM
I've used my 80 Gig WD (WD800BB, I think) at up to 150 FSB (37.5 MHz PCI) without any problems. My video card won't go any higher than that.
05-08-02, 05:36 AM
hmm...maybe I just got a relatively weak OC'ing CPU then...oh well.
05-08-02, 06:06 AM
I have the 1200 JB (120 gig 8 mb buffer version) and I get corrupt files (ntkernal) at 145 FSB. It will boot at 142 and get into XP, but the computer restarts whenever I run a benchmark or 3DMark2001SE. I can also boot at FSB140 and get into windows, but my programs shut down randomly. At the moment, I am at 136 FSB and its working fine.
My problems could be for a bunch of different reasons, but I haven't really tried to pinpoint the device that is causing them. It might be the WD or it might not....it's hard to tell.
05-08-02, 02:59 PM
VaTech: Do you have another HDD to try out?
I tried this system with an older HD that I have run reliably at 37 PCI for a long time, and the computer still acted funny @ 35 PCI, 2.558 GHz, so I think it is more likely my CPU. I even slowed down the memory and upped the Vmem, but to no avail. Hmm...I may try it at lower CPU speed but still high PCI speed (like 112 MHz FSB=37 PCI) just to isolate it some more.
EDIT: heh, also I just thought, as fast as this HD is, it probably makes the computer run about like one that is overclocked higher :)
05-09-02, 11:49 PM
yeah, i'm really interested in the new JB's as well and was wondering how they handle the high FSB.
My WD400bb hdd goes "boink!" when I go over 146fsb... read my "HDD data corruption?" post.
05-12-02, 03:05 PM
I have a 30G western digital that goes clunk and reboots on me if I go anything over 33.5mhz on my PCI speeds. Yet I have a 80G western digital that is a few years newer and It has no problems at all at higher PCI speeds. My conclusion is that some of the western digital drives are better overclockers then others. All in all i've had good luck with western digital drives and would say that for me data corruption isn't a problem for me.
40GB WD on an 8KHA+ currently at 168MHz leaving the PCI bus at a hefty 42MHz. I've has this board as high as 190 for brief periods of time but never had any problems out of the hard drive at all.
I've owned several WD drives over the course of a few years and they've never given me problems running well out of spec.
05-12-02, 08:18 PM
Mine died after 3 months of running around 150 FSB... got a replacement that I have yet to install. Maybe its a little better...
05-13-02, 01:13 AM
05-13-02, 01:20 AM
I also have a 40GB WD caviar, but its not in my sig. It died and I rma'd it. I only use the replacement WD for backing up things and I leave it unplugged most of the time because I'm paranoid it will die or suffer corruption at high FSB.
05-13-02, 07:16 PM
here is a WD600BB running perfectly at 150 fsb going to go higher here in a few :P
05-15-02, 08:16 AM
My Maxtor has run in the upper 200's and it is stil fine
I had a WD15gig and it died after a few months @ 38fsb, beyond that it would crap out, act funky, and kill everything on the HDD.
had same problem with my 120 GB WD special edition,could not set FSB over 138 because of corrupted files problems.i installed win XP 4 times because of this.only way to gain some performance was unlocking my processor.
05-17-02, 01:15 PM
Mine is running at 40mhz right now and its fine. I have taken it up to 42.5 but things get scrambled like windows. I think that I will be keeping it bellow 40mhz. :D
My mobo does not allow me to get it async from the FSB
05-18-02, 08:14 PM
I got a WD 10g, and another 20g, they are great, i can run my chip around 170fsb (with 1/4 divider) without any problem. If u want soemthing truly monstrous, get a hold of that liquid BARRACUDA, ol'man can run it to 190fsb (with 1/4 divider). THAT IS 1/4, NOT 1/5 OR ANYTHIGN HIGHER!
05-19-02, 04:56 PM
I run my FSB at 147 and both of my WDs are ok,
Fitness still at 92% and Performance at 100%.
This hasn't changed over two months of ocing at that speed.
I can't get fsb higher, either my CPU of Vid is crapping out.
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