got it. The tut covered a lower mode than my box supports for UDMA modes

I modified

Code:
hdparm -d1 -X34 /dev/hda
to

Code:
hdparm -d1 -X udma5 /dev/hda
Now look at my times

Code:
/dev/hda:
 Timing buffered disk reads:  64 MB in  2.01 seconds = 31.84 MB/sec
[root@pcp02498864pcs root]# hdparm -t /dev/hda

/dev/hda:
 Timing buffered disk reads:  64 MB in  2.01 seconds = 31.84 MB/sec
[root@pcp02498864pcs root]# hdparm -t /dev/hda

/dev/hda:
 Timing buffered disk reads:  64 MB in  2.01 seconds = 31.84 MB/sec
nothing ground breaking as far as improvement goes, but slightly better.
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