Solved Sata 2 hard drive in sata 1 laptop Tags: Hard Drives Laptops SATA Storage Last response: December 31, 2009 11:53 PM in Storage Share crazyal December 30, 2009 8:53:48 AM Hi I am planning to upgrade my laptops internal 320gb hard drive to a faster 7200rpm 500gb hard drive. I have decided I will give my brother my old hard drive so he could upgrade his laptops 250gb hard drive with my old 320gb hard drive. My laptop uses sata 2 and his uses sata 1 and I am wondering if he would run into any problems using my old hard drive or can he just put it in and it will work? Thanks for your help. More about : sata hard drive sata laptop F3Ature1 December 30, 2009 11:53:39 AM He will be fine to use your old 320GB drive. Best solution xrodney December 30, 2009 11:57:22 AM Share Sata1/2/3 are backward compatible, only limitation could be speed and maybe lack of some advanced function as they need both sata controler and drives to support them to work. But I doubt 5400rpm drive can saturate 1.5Gb/s. Related resources Sata to ide laptop hard drive conversion - Forum Does SATA external hard drive work with usb connection - Forum Best bang for bucks sata 6 hard-drive - Forum Sata III Laptop Hard Drives - Forum Worthwhile to install SSD on SATA 1 laptop ? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer crazyal December 30, 2009 4:01:47 PM Thanks, I did a bit of googleing and it I came across something about jumpers and about setting the jumper to make the drive operate in 1.5GB/s mode would I be correct? cjl a b G Storage December 30, 2009 4:20:18 PM You shouldn't need to set a jumper. It should work flawlessly with no need to mess with anything like that. shovenose December 31, 2009 11:33:24 PM just out of curiosity, is it neccessary to set the jumpers on my wd 160gb SATA II drive to run in SATA I mode if im using an older MOBO that only has SATA I? cjl a b G Storage December 31, 2009 11:43:46 PM You shouldn't have to. shovenose December 31, 2009 11:53:15 PM oh i did it anyway but i forgot to do it on my new c2d build Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Will a sata hard drive work on a smart sata 2 connector in my laptop ? THANKS! Forum Sata hard drive wont copy any faster than 8mb/s Forum Sata hard drive not passing chkdsk /r Forum Will a SATA I ( 1 .5) dvd rom slow my sata III (6GBs) hard drive to 1 .5? Forum Sata hard drives will fit toshiba satellite a660 Forum Connecting a Laptop Hard disk directly to Desktop ( SATA ) Forum Laptop SATA Hard Drive Fail Forum To RAID or not to RAID, backup advice. Forum Connecting sata laptop drive to pc Forum Hard drive undetected Forum SATA disk not running in correct DMA mode? Forum Have 2 drives in raid 0 how to add third drive NOT in raid? Forum Laptop Internal Hard Drive RPM? Forum PS3 Hard Drive Upgrade Forum 2TB Drive Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !