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Sata 2 hard drive in sata 1 laptop

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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.

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December 30, 2009 11:53:39 AM

He will be fine to use your old 320GB drive.
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December 30, 2009 11:57:22 AM

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.
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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?
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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.
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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?
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December 31, 2009 11:43:46 PM

You shouldn't have to.
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December 31, 2009 11:53:15 PM

oh i did it anyway but i forgot to do it on my new c2d build
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