Can anyone tell me if Serial ATA 2 is backward compatible with normal SATA? I'm looking at the MSI K8N SLI Platinum motherboard, which has SATA 2 but the harddrive I've got is a Maxtor SATA drive. Thanks.
Just had a look at the motherboard manual and it states SATAII transfer rate up to 300MB/S whereas SATA1 = up to 150MB/S So it looks like my first statement is incorrect Maybe someone else can tell you if it is backward compatable
SATA 2 connectors are fully backward compatable with SATA 1 drives (likeUSB2 and USB1). There aren't many SATA 2 drives out there yet, and they aren't particularly faster. But, just like SATA 1, they will pick up in a few months time.
I've got that same motherboard (MSI Neo4)and have 3 SATA and 2 older ide drives connected. Works brilliantly.