Next time you are sifting though USENET news, count up how many questions/posts there are regarding Overclocking. It's amazing isn't it! Well, it should be. Pushing your hard drive's RPM faster than the manufacturer recommends and therefore getting more speed for less money is definitely a rewarding feeling that tons of people have been successful at achieving..
Countless FAQ's exist on the web regarding more detailed instructions than I will provide, so if you have any questions while reading this document you can always PM me and I will give you some more information
The purpose of this document is to walk you through every step of the overclocking process in order to help you to decide whether or not you want to undertake the task, and if so, how to go about doing it the right way.
Okay, lets get started!
Two Options are Availiable
View the step-by-step general flowchart on how to overclock.
View the step-by-step detailed instructions on how to overclock. (Both are reccommended, scroll down for the instruction part)
The Planning Stage:
1.) Consult your hard drive's manual to find out what SATA pin controls the speed of your hard drive. These pins allow you to install different hard drive's in the motherboard, but for our purposes, will use it to 'fool' the motherboard into thinking it has a faster hard drive installed than it truly does, and we will therefore setup the board to run the hard drive at a higher RPM. In other words, pretend that you are setting up your motherboard with the hard drive that you would really like to have. I.e. you now have a Western Digital Caviar hard drive, you want to overclock it to 10,000 RPM, so just setup the hard drive's pins for a VelociRaptor.
2.) Once you've found out what pins control the hard drive's RPM, decide how much you want to push the hard drive. A quick Google search will net you a chart demonstrating common hard drives and ideal overclocking RPM speeds.
1.) All right.. Now that you know how fast you want to try for, change the pin settings on the motherboard as per the motherboard manual's instructions to set the hard drive at the desired RPM.
2.) Boot up the computer.
3.) Did it boot? (Do you see the boot up screen information/bios information?) If it did boot, go on to step #5. If not proceed to step #4.
4.) Well, it doesn't look like your hard drive is going to be able to be overclocked to the RPM that you desired. Some hard drive revisions have different properties than others, and therefore some tend to be less cooperative in the overclocking process than others . You can either try a more conservative RPM increase, or perhaps you will find a way around the problem in one of the overclocking FAQ's found in the overclocking category.
5.) Enter your BIOS setup program (if you don't know how to do this refer to our BIOS category. Set every setting accept the turbo setting to as conservative as possible, or as an alternative, set bios defaults. (you can skip this step but in my experience it is best to start out with the settings set to conservative levels)
6.) Re-boot the system and allow it to complete the boot process.
7.) Now here's the fun part. Test your system's reliability at the increased speed. Run your most hard drive intensive software for as long as you can. If the system does not crash, congratulations, you've just overclocked your hard drive! Now benchmark it to see just how much faster it has become. Your next task is to go back into your bios setup program and begin to increase the setup settings as fast as they will go. If after each setting change, your system does not crash, then maintain the new setting. If your system should crash on a new setting, simply revert back to the old setting. Your goal is to set them as fast as possble without compromising system integrity. However, if the system does crash, move on to step #8.
8.) Suggestions to prevent the system from crashing: If you loaded BIOS defaults, go back into the setup program and manually change the bios settings to their most conservative (except the turbo setting), and then repeat step #7. Cool your hard drive! The vast majority of delayed overclocking problems (i.e.- the speed increase works for a while but crashes eventually) is caused by an overheated hard drive. Take a look at the hard drive overheating page to learn more about keeping the heat down. Once you have some kind of cooling device in place, repeat step #7.