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connect a sata II and sata III on a single pc

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November 8, 2013 2:55:48 PM

Hi to everyone

I have an seagate 400 gb sata II cache 16 mb HDD and im plannig to buy a 1 Tb cache 32 sata III. I wanna to kept my old one so if I connect the new one it'll work at the same speeds of the 400 gb hdd? If this is true what can i do to prevent that and maintain both hdd´s. Thank for the answers

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a c 101 G Storage
November 8, 2013 3:02:18 PM

The new HDD will work at whatever speed the SATA port you plug it into supports. If the HDD is SATA3 and you connect to a SATA3 port, that is the speed it will operate at. If you connect to a SATA2 port, then it will operate at that speed.

The SATA ports themselves are independent from one another (on the motherboard) for all intensive purposes.
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November 8, 2013 3:04:35 PM

COLGeek said:
The new HDD will work at whatever speed the SATA port you plug it into supports. If the HDD is SATA3 and you connect to a SATA3 port, that is the speed it will operate at. If you connect to a SATA2 port, then it will operate at that speed.

The SATA ports themselves are independent from one another (on the motherboard) for all intensive purposes.


Ok so i just have to connect the new one and that's it? i don't have to configure anything? Of course i want to use the new one to be the main one (o.s and stuff) to kept the old one to store movies, old games, music, etc...
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a c 101 G Storage
November 8, 2013 3:10:28 PM

You'll have to format it, but Windows should recognize the new HDD and prompt you through the process.
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a c 941 G Storage
November 8, 2013 3:21:26 PM

To use it as the the OS drive you will need to either:
- reinstall windows in which case you dont need to format it, install will do it for you.
- Close the old HDD over to the new one in which case that utility will format the drive to at least 400gb and most clone utilities will offer to expand it to the whole drive.
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