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Sata and SataII backwards compat?

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August 27, 2006 6:07:37 AM

Can you plug a SATA II hard drive into a SATA 1.5Gbps port? If not I guess I'm stuck with one SATA II port :( 
August 27, 2006 6:59:28 AM

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Can you plug a SATA II hard drive into a SATA 1.5Gbps port? If not I guess I'm stuck with one SATA II port :( 


Yes.
It should also run at the exact same speed as well.

ATA,SATA and the so called SATA 2 are just "interface" and the drives themselfs do not even use all the bandwith of ATA as it is.

Notice I said "the so called SATA 2"?
Thats becuase it is NOT a offical computer standard but a marketing ploy.
August 27, 2006 4:46:58 PM

Great, thnx for the info. I did know HDDs cant even begin to use the bandwidth of even SATA.
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August 27, 2006 5:09:55 PM

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Great, thnx for the info. I did know HDDs cant even begin to use the bandwidth of even SATA.


Yeah, hard drive speed isn't increasing that quickly. I think we are waiting for the next gen storage medium. From what I remember, they are working on optical storage akin to a homomatrix cube in star trek. Of course the actual storage won't be a holomatrix but the principle is the same: information stored and acessed using light.

If I remembered where I read the article I would post a link. Oh well, just thought I'd mention it. :) 
September 2, 2006 11:01:45 PM

SATA II cabling is backwards compatible, so its worthwhile to consider using them even if you're using a SATA drive, nothing worse than upgrading some point down the road and having a hidden glitch due to the wrong cables.
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