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WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0 is SATA-II or SATA-III or SAS?

December 28th, 2018, 9:56

Greetings,

I have 2 of the exact same drives WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0.
The specifications everywhere says that they are 6Gbps.
After warranty is expired I noticed that they operate at 3Gbps only.
I tried different controllers - Intel X79 and Marvell 9128.
Different disk information utilities shows same frustrating values of “Maximum rate - 3Gbps” and “Current rate - 3Gbps”.
What’s wrong with them? Should they be this way? How can I achieve 6Gbps that are promised by all the stores that have them?

Respectfully,
E.Y.

Re: WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0 is SATA-II or SATA-III or SAS?

December 28th, 2018, 15:02

SATA 6GB/s

NOT SAS for sure !!!

Maybe you are limited by yur motherboard/system ?

When the drive power up it will negociate the link speed with the system. If the system/card/SATA PORT only support lower speed the drive will fall back to lower speed.

Also speed sometimes can be set by jumper, vendor specific command, vendor utility, etc ....

If you didn't limit speed by jumpers neither using firmware tools make sure your system do support SATA 6GB/s ...

Re: WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0 is SATA-II or SATA-III or SAS?

December 29th, 2018, 19:10

Spildit, Both X79 and Marvell 9128 have 6Gbps ports. Cable has "SATAIII" label on the connector.
I found this image on support.wdc.com but I have never tried to use jumper, so I always had none installed. Should I put one somewhere? Will it do any difference?
If you'll say that jumper is useless, how can I "switch" this drive to 6Gbps using "vendor specific command, vendor utility"?
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Re: WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0 is SATA-II or SATA-III or SAS?

December 29th, 2018, 20:44

Spildit, I tried to connect other drive (SATA-3 SSD) to the same SATA-3 X79 port. I use sata cable with 6Gbps label on the connector.
First two screenshots (from HD Sentinel program) are WD6000BLHX, second two screenshots are SSD drive (connected to the same port with the same SATA cable).
As you can see the port and cable supports SATA-3.
Fifth screenshot is an image I found on WD support describing jumpers for mobile drives. What do you think, can adding a jumper change something?
If not, how can I issue that "vendor specific command" that you were talking about or use "vendor utility"?
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Re: WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0 is SATA-II or SATA-III or SAS?

December 30th, 2018, 9:41

I'm sorry, it does look like that you can't set it by using jumpers after all.

I don't know why does your drive drops to Sata II speed as well...

It might be possible to use some sort of WD tool to change SATA speed but i did never tested it out so i'm not even sure if a thing like that does exists. I would need to investigate it further ...

Re: WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0 is SATA-II or SATA-III or SAS?

December 30th, 2018, 10:04

There are vendor specific commands to enable/disable SATA II speed so i would assume that there are commands to tur off SATA III speed as well and drop to SATA II speed ...

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More testing would be required. Maybe there are modern firmware tools (expensive) that will aloow to enable SATA III speed on drives that do support it ?

Maybe you should check if there are any firmware update for your drive ?

Maybe you should check if WD have some utility to change the sata speed ?

Regards and have a nice new year !

Re: WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0 is SATA-II or SATA-III or SAS?

December 30th, 2018, 16:42

Sorry for some duplicated info in my last 2 posts.
First post disappeared for some reason so I thought it was deleted and created a new one, with new info and new screeenshots.

Indeed I have 04.05G04 while some users have 04.05G07 according to userbenchmark.com website.
I found "WD Universal Firmware Updater for Windows". After finally being able to run it, I've got nothing (not surprising, considering that this tool has very short list of supported drives):
9A63BF49-237F-4761-9FA7-511D0E97396C.jpeg

I tried to Google 04.05G07 firmware and found nothing. How is it possible to get one?

Re: WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0 is SATA-II or SATA-III or SAS?

December 30th, 2018, 18:06

Sosni wrote:Sorry for some duplicated info in my last 2 posts.
First post disappeared for some reason so I thought it was deleted and created a new one, with new info and new screeenshots.

Indeed I have 04.05G04 while some users have 04.05G07 according to userbenchmark.com website.
I found "WD Universal Firmware Updater for Windows". After finally being able to run it, I've got nothing (not surprising, considering that this tool has very short list of supported drives):
9A63BF49-237F-4761-9FA7-511D0E97396C.jpeg

I tried to Google 04.05G07 firmware and found nothing. How is it possible to get one?

I also tried setting a jumper to SSC and RPS just in case. Didn't helped. Maybe it's possible for you to connect via TeamViewer and try something out?
Happy New Year's Eve!

Re: WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0 is SATA-II or SATA-III or SAS?

January 9th, 2019, 13:40

These hard drives had SATA3 in exclusions, according to wdsspd tool that was provided by WD support.
I uploaded a newer 2.2.0.0 version http://files.hddguru.com/download/Softw ... 20Digital/

Re: WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0 is SATA-II or SATA-III or SAS?

January 10th, 2019, 3:21

Sosni wrote:Sorry for some duplicated info in my last 2 posts.
First post disappeared for some reason so I thought it was deleted and created a new one, with new info and new screeenshots.

Indeed I have 04.05G04 while some users have 04.05G07 according to userbenchmark.com website.
I found "WD Universal Firmware Updater for Windows". After finally being able to run it, I've got nothing (not surprising, considering that this tool has very short list of supported drives):
9A63BF49-237F-4761-9FA7-511D0E97396C.jpeg

I tried to Google 04.05G07 firmware and found nothing. How is it possible to get one?


the tool you are trying is for WD Smartware drives (not any other)

there is NO ONLINE WD FW update tool in any type, AFAIK its the Seagate FW (long time maybe not anymore)

I think what you need to do is try changing the SATA cable (some MB include the 6Gb black color i guess)

Re: WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0 is SATA-II or SATA-III or SAS?

January 10th, 2019, 5:48

einstein9 wrote:
Sosni wrote:Sorry for some duplicated info in my last 2 posts.
First post disappeared for some reason so I thought it was deleted and created a new one, with new info and new screeenshots.

Indeed I have 04.05G04 while some users have 04.05G07 according to userbenchmark.com website.
I found "WD Universal Firmware Updater for Windows". After finally being able to run it, I've got nothing (not surprising, considering that this tool has very short list of supported drives):
9A63BF49-237F-4761-9FA7-511D0E97396C.jpeg

I tried to Google 04.05G07 firmware and found nothing. How is it possible to get one?


the tool you are trying is for WD Smartware drives (not any other)

there is NO ONLINE WD FW update tool in any type, AFAIK its the Seagate FW (long time maybe not anymore)

I think what you need to do is try changing the SATA cable (some MB include the 6Gb black color i guess)


Read my last post. The drives were sold with SATA3 in exclusions on them (BTW they were sold as factory refurbished). WDSSPD tool helped me to set full auto-negotiation.

Re: WD6000BLHX-01V7BV0 is SATA-II or SATA-III or SAS?

January 10th, 2019, 16:00

einstein9 wrote:I think what you need to do is try changing the SATA cable (some MB include the 6Gb black color i guess)


Nope .....

Sosni wrote:These hard drives had SATA3 in exclusions, according to wdsspd tool that was provided by WD support.
I uploaded a newer 2.2.0.0 version http://files.hddguru.com/download/Softw ... 20Digital/



:D :D :D

As i stated. There is a VSC to set SATA link speed and to force the drive to use a lower speed for compatibility reasons ...
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