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6. Disk Drive Performance Hacks > 62. Get the Fastest IDE Driver for Intel Chip...

Get the Fastest IDE Driver for Intel Chipsets

The proper driver for your Intel is the key to top drive performance for free.

The Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) interface ports that your hard drive and CD-ROM drive are connected to are basically standard across every PC system; they have to be for any operating system to recognize the ports and drives at startup. Once the operating system loads up, the IDE port can either languish in a low-performance state or be revved up to maximum potential with the right driver software.

If your system board uses an Intel chipset, there’s a good chance that the bundled IDE driver is not the latest and greatest, so go to Intel’s web site (http://downloadfinder.intel.com) and locate and download the IDE Bus Master driver that matches your chipset; in most cases one driver covers your system. If your system does not use an Intel chipset [Hack #63] , the driver will not install, so you’re safe from corrupting the system.


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