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Old 21 September 2013, 21:35   #1
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Best way to speed up hard drive (cf) on A1200?

I was wondering what is currently the best way (= hardware expansion) to speed up the utterly slow standard ide interface of A1200? I have Blizzard 1230IV with 64Mb and I'm running OS31 from a CF, if that makes any difference.

My Miggy is mainly used for whdload games

FastATA MkIV?
Ide-FIX Express?
Something else?
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Old 21 September 2013, 21:38   #2
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yeah,basicly what youve mentioned.
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Old 21 September 2013, 21:45   #3
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Old 21 September 2013, 22:34   #4
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Try PFS3 first. Makes it feel 10x faster even without hardware.
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Old 21 September 2013, 23:10   #5
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Try PFS3 first. Makes it feel 10x faster even without hardware.
Thanks for the input guys. Forgot to mention I already have pfs3. Would these modern/faster interfaces bring me any significant gain speed wise?
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Sure they will. PFS3 only reduces seek times. Data transmission speed can only be increased by hardware.
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Have you increased the number of disk buffers on your partitions? You can do it when partitioning or using AddBuffers in your startup-sequence, and if you haven't already, get BlizKick from Aminet and use the SpeedyIDE patch (as well as others), and check out ShK's setup here:

http://eab.abime.net/news/65087-new-...tml#post907531

Make sure you read his other posts to get the right type of adapter for the microSD card.

I've also heard that flat IDE cables are subject to crosstalk, reducing the transfer speed, but I don't know if there's any truth to it. There are female adapters on eBay that connect directly onto the IDE port if you want to try that. Even if they're not faster, at least they're more convenient than having to use cables.
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Sure they will. PFS3 only reduces seek times. Data transmission speed can only be increased by hardware.
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Have you increased the number of disk buffers on your partitions? You can do it when partitioning or using AddBuffers in your startup-sequence, and if you haven't already, get BlizKick from Aminet and use the SpeedyIDE patch (as well as others), and check out ShK's setup here:

http://eab.abime.net/news/65087-new-...tml#post907531

Make sure you read his other posts to get the right type of adapter for the microSD card.

I've also heard that flat IDE cables are subject to crosstalk, reducing the transfer speed, but I don't know if there's any truth to it. There are female adapters on eBay that connect directly onto the IDE port if you want to try that. Even if they're not faster, at least they're more convenient than having to use cables.
Ok, I guess I'd at least want to try out a "modern" disk interface. It seems Idefix-express is not available? The price for Ide-fix is only a half of the FastATA-IV, which would be in my price range

I only want to have one 8Gb cf-drive which works as fast as possible -> ide-fix would be a good solution?
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IDE-Fix hardware (without express) brings no performance enhancements.
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IDE-Fix hardware (without express) brings no performance enhancements.

Ok, thanks, I did not realise that.
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The link below shows FastATA MkIII showing some impressive benchmarks,but I also did a modification but only notice after a while when installing OS4.1 it was installing OS4.1 in record time. More news on this when I can confirm and show benchmarks.

http://www.amiga.org/gallery/index.php?n=3721
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The link below shows FastATA MkIII showing some impressive benchmarks,but I also did a modification but only notice after a while when installing OS4.1 it was installing OS4.1 in record time. More news on this when I can confirm and show benchmarks.

http://www.amiga.org/gallery/index.php?n=3721

interesting,but what exactly was done to achieve such speeds.

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The link below shows FastATA MkIII showing some impressive benchmarks,but I also did a modification but only notice after a while when installing OS4.1 it was installing OS4.1 in record time. More news on this when I can confirm and show benchmarks.

http://www.amiga.org/gallery/index.php?n=3721
Really fast indeed... I really have to investigate the fastataIV
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