SATA2 HDD,will it work with SATA

  iqs 19:22 15 Jun 2008


I am going to buy this HDD from novatech.

Western Digital Caviar SE16 250Gb 16Mb Cache Hard Drive SATAII 300MB/s 8.9ms 7200rpm - OEM

The MB I am also buying is listed as SATA,I assume the MB is the slower SATA1 ?.

Will the HDD work with the SATA connection on the MB.

I have read that the HDD has jumpers to set the speed?.

Any help appreciated .


  rogerdavis 19:41 15 Jun 2008


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:50 15 Jun 2008

Sata Drive not recognised by BIOS
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.

  rogerdavis 20:43 15 Jun 2008

iqs said

"I have read that the HDD has jumpers to set the speed?."

That will drop the speed down to 150 and it will then be seen.

  rogerdavis 20:52 15 Jun 2008

Use Option 1 at the bottom of this page click here

This revert the drive to SATA 1.

  iqs 19:45 16 Jun 2008

all,it turns out that the MB I bought is SATA 2,So It was a simple case of just connecting the HDD.Wish i checked first :-(

Thanks for all the help and advice,cheers

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