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How to tell if my laptop supports SATA II or III?

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April 5, 2013 2:04:27 PM

Been trying to figure this out for a while and haven't solved it yet! I wanted to install an SSD onto my laptop. Problem is, I can't find out if it supports SATA I, II, or III. It's an HP Pavilion g6-2123us. The motherboard is a Hewlett-Packard 1849 (Socket FT1). The CPU is an AMD A6-4400M if that helps at all in anyway. I'm just having a hard time finding out the SATA stuff. Can anyone help me out? I've been told if I have the motherboard then I can just look up the SATA speed and I couldn't find anything on it. :( 
April 5, 2013 2:10:12 PM

Don't worry, they are all backwards compatible meaning you can use a SATA 1 drive with a SATA 1/2/3 connection. It will just suffer a TINY bit in terms of performance.

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April 5, 2013 2:10:42 PM
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Having SATA ports that operate at 6Gb/s is a big marketing point these days.

HP's product specs on the laptop don't specifically say that it supports SATA III, so you should assume it doesn't.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en...
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April 5, 2013 2:15:33 PM

completelyrandomname said:
Don't worry, they are all backwards compatible meaning you can use a SATA 1 drive with a SATA 1/2/3 connection. It will just suffer a TINY bit in terms of performance.


Dereck47 said:
Having SATA ports that operate at 6Gb/s is a big marketing point these days.

HP's product specs on the laptop don't specifically say that it supports SATA III, so you should assume it doesn't.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en...


Ah ok. Yea sorry I'm new to the whole SSD connection stuff. It feels like how USBs are with the whole 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0.
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April 5, 2013 2:19:46 PM

If you decide to get a SSD you should still get a SATA III drive even though you will be connecting it to a SATA II port. SATA II SSDs are "old tech".
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