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Intel SRT - Sata III SSD and Sata II HDD

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July 26, 2011 7:59:48 AM

currently have a WD Velociraptor 300gb 10k rpm Sata II drive for sys and apps.
in a 3yr old P5E Deluxe asus X48 board, Q9650 proc, etc.

want to upgrade my box to a Z68 board, 2600K proc, etc. and keep using the WD with an SSD Cache.

can I re-use the WD on a sata 3 Gbps bus and marry it via SRT with a cache SSD on a Sata 6Gbps bus ?

or would I need to plug the WD into a Sata 6Gbps bus, so they're both on the same speed (even though the HDD bus would be dumbed down to accommodate the Sata II WD).

anyone done this? or pass a link that spells it out? or is this no big deal - it works?

July 27, 2011 6:18:47 AM

Thx Johnny.
I'm going to assume its a non issue: having SRT with SSD on Sata III and HDD on Sata II.

That said, the SRT How To guides seem to show SSD and HDD as same bus speed: i.e., both HDD and SSD are Sata II drives.
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July 27, 2011 7:21:24 AM

Should work without any problem. Just turn on the XHD under integrate ...... in the bios and run the Intel RST tool from windows....

You planning to get the Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Board from gigabyte?

Have fun.
a b G Storage
July 27, 2011 3:00:27 PM

Are you gong to purchase that SSD?

If so, not saying its a better choice, but consider also selling the Raptor and getting a 240GB SSD, wich is $360 nowadays.