SATA Hard Drive

  firerescue999 18:19 31 Aug 2006

My motherboard supports SATA not SATA 2. Would it be ok to put a SATA 2 hard drive in and run it at 150 Mbps instead of 300 Mbps? Thanks

  jimv7 18:27 31 Aug 2006

Yes thay are backwards compatable and some sata 2 drives have a jumper to swop between sata 1 and sata 2.

  firerescue999 18:35 31 Aug 2006

Thanks a lot

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:50 31 Aug 2006

SATA 2 (SATA 300) is not backwards compatible with a SATA (SATA 150) controller. In order to use a SATA 2 drive on a SATA (SATA 1?) controller, the hard drive must have a jumper position to restrict it to using SATA (SATA 150), and a jumper must be installed. Some drives have the jumper position available (e.g. some recent Samsung), some don't (e.g. some recent Maxtor).
This information can also probably be easily found on your hard drive manufacturer's web site.
If your drive does not have the jumper position available, you must return it and get a SATA 2 one that does, or a SATA drive.

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