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Bought a new SATA III hard drive, want to use it on a Sata II port

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February 20, 2014 3:10:08 PM

I just bought a WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB hard drive.

I have a Gigabyte Z77 D3H motherboard.

i want to plug in my new SATA III 6.0gb/s drive into a SATA II port. Will this work or will it bottleneck my new drive down to SATA II speeds? It's not a SSD, just a regular HDD.

Also, what's the best/easiest way to clone my old 2T hard drive into my new 4TB hard drive? It's a Western Digital, my old Seagate came with software that does this. Do I have to use a DOS program to clone?

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February 20, 2014 3:14:52 PM

SATA II, SATA III....makes no difference to an HDD. You'll see no performance difference, as a typical HDD can't saturate a SATA II interface.

But why are you looking to clone to the new drive? Just add it as a second drive.
There are multiple tools that can do it easily, but if your current drive is OK, I wouldn't.
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February 20, 2014 3:21:53 PM

I'd rather clone the drive, format the old one and use it as a back up. I'm pretty sure the newer drive is faster, too.
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February 20, 2014 3:49:24 PM

Western Digital has Acronis program on there to clone the drive, but it seems like it will be doing this through Windows. The last clone program I used, I had to make a boot disk and do the clone process through DOS. Does anyone have any experience with Acronis? Like if I clone it, then take off the hold hard drive, then make the new hard drive my master, will it be able to boot from it exactly like the old drive?
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February 20, 2014 4:08:25 PM

Wonderclam said:
I'd rather clone the drive, format the old one and use it as a back up. I'm pretty sure the newer drive is faster, too.


CloneZilla, Macrimum Reflect, Acronis Trueimage, DriveimageXML....all can do that.
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February 20, 2014 5:22:12 PM

I'm gonna try Acronis since it's available from the Western digital support site. You don't have to log out of Windows to clone the drive you're using. I hope it works, not sure how it's gonna clone the MBR. I think you can't access it through Windows.
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