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Upgrading a HDD from sata 3gb/s to sata 6 gb/s

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Last response: in Storage
March 17, 2011 11:24:00 PM

So im thinking about upgrading my HHD. I have 2 questions.

1. What is the main difference I will see going from 3 to 6 gb/s. thats the short one lol.

2. I did read the guide at the top of this forum section, however it seems only to have info up to windows XP. If i do upgrade I would like to do so by copying one HDD to the other and not doing a fresh Install. So what is the best program to do this and will it be pretty easy once I get that program? I learn fast and have just finished my first build by myself never working on a computer before. The only help I had was this forum :)  so im confident as long as its not to hard Ill be able to do this with just a little help and guidance.

Thanks in advance :bounce: 

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a c 155 G Storage
March 18, 2011 1:46:37 AM

1. Make sure you plug into a SATA port on the motherboard that is rated for 6 GB/s

2. If you want to replace your HDD (higher capacity newer tech HDD) then you need to 'clone' the present HDD. I did this to a laptop and to two desktops very successfully using Apricorn's Drivewire. Details here:

This is available at most computer stores as well as directly from Apricorn. Very helpful folks!

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a c 427 G Storage
March 18, 2011 2:17:52 PM

1. Most likely none. Mechanical drives aren't that fast. They barely reach the 3g/s spec of SATA2. SATA3 (6G/s) is more for SSD's.

2. Clonezilla works well.
March 21, 2011 4:29:25 PM

Best answer selected by cburke82.