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SATA I and SATA II Compatibility?

Last response: in Storage
July 30, 2006 7:25:51 PM

I currently have a SATA 150 drive running on a SATA 150 interface and would like to purchase a new HD. My questions is, would I be able to run a SATA 3.0 drive on my SATA 150 interface? In the future, it would allow me to keep the newer drive without having to upgrade, again.
July 30, 2006 8:15:04 PM

Yes they are compatable. SATA II drives have a jumper that comes enabled for 1.5 ghz of SATAI. If you get a SATA II pci-e card or compatible mobo then just remove the jumper to enable the faster speed.

Good luck. Also check out the new perpendicular drives for even more speed and size.
July 30, 2006 8:41:54 PM

I agree - they'll run. Not all drives have a jumper though - I have 6 of the HDS 250GB sata drives, 4@ 150 and 2@ 3.0 - no jumpers. (I looked - I thought I'd missed something) Some high end controllers will even display the speed of the drives.
July 31, 2006 12:24:08 AM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the help! I was unable to find any of that information on any sites.