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What happens when SATA 2.0 is saturated?

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August 12, 2011 10:41:21 PM

Hello All,

Excuse me for asking what I suspect is a dumb question, but I'm stuck with SATA 2.0 on my 1st generation iMac 27" and want to add a SSD in place of the optical drive. Should I buy a SSD with SATA 3.0 even though it will saturate the SATA 2.0 system or would purchasing a SSD with SATA 2.0 be more advisable. Is SATA 3.0 backwards compatible with SATA 2.0? There is no price difference on the OWC drives I'm looking at.

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a c 536 G Storage
August 13, 2011 12:19:06 AM

Yes, SATA 3.0 is backwards compatible with SATA 2.0, so the SATA 3.0 SSD will work, but at the maximum speeds of SATA 2.0.

Buy the SATA 3.0 SSD so you will be set whenever you decide to upgrade your system.

August 13, 2011 3:47:39 AM

Best answer selected by wmsjb.
August 13, 2011 3:48:02 AM

Many thanks!