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January 31, 2012 3:42:19 PM

For a new PC with some mass storage I'm considering either:
WD Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2 TB Raid 1 (3GB/s) 209$
WD Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2 TB Raid 1 (6GB/s) 261$

(Don't argure with the price, I'm from Scandinavia)

They should be about the same speed but the newer standard is way more expensive.
My only concern is wether the SATA2 standard will be phased out, so that SATA2 HHDs will be a problem for motherboards 3-4 years from now?

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a b G Storage
January 31, 2012 3:52:21 PM

Nothing is future proof. Almost everything is outdated by the time you buy it.
January 31, 2012 4:01:15 PM

As much as I appreciate the time people take to answer my questions... why, OH WHY is it impossible to just answer what I asked! You did nothing... I ask for motherboards 3-4 years in the future, not the general idea of outdated electronics... Ram1009, stop wasting my time...

now, lets be kind to each other and get on with my question...
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January 31, 2012 4:02:52 PM

well at least SATA is backward compatible. SATA 3 is out now and it will work with SATA 2 ports but at a slower speed. but this does not mean that future versions of SATA will be backwards compatible
January 31, 2012 4:05:30 PM

Thank you
a c 372 G Storage
January 31, 2012 5:02:45 PM

As stated, all current versions of sata are backward compatible. I don't foresee future sata's not being backward compatible. Normally a new type of connection comes along to obsolete a previous version. So, until something newer than sata comes along, I think you are safe.
February 1, 2012 2:24:51 AM

Can you add sata 3 to a mobo
February 1, 2012 4:40:18 AM

There's absolutely no reason to spring for the SATA 6Gb/s drives. Mechanical drives are still very far from saturating SATA 3Gb/s bandwidths. There will be no future technology that changes this.
February 1, 2012 5:17:19 AM

a4mula said:
There's absolutely no reason to spring for the SATA 6Gb/s drives. Mechanical drives are still very far from saturating SATA 3Gb/s bandwidths. There will be no future technology that changes this.


Now that's a little hasty. Suppose someone decides to make a disk drive with 25 heads per platter and 8 platters and could do this inexpensively. That might get kind of fast. Access times might even look nice.

I actually share his concern. I am quite happy with my 4 WD RE4's in RAID 10 on my SATA 2 RAID card but I worry about the compatibility a few generations in the future.
a b G Storage
February 1, 2012 6:07:02 AM

Inexpensive 8 platter, 25 head drives? Not likely. We are more likely to see large, affordable SSD's first. Moving parts are expensive

Your problem is likely to be finding another SATA 2 RE4 in a few years if one of yours dies.

jdx3ds,
Sure. expansion cards.

mazuren, buy the SATA2 version of the drive. Like Hawkeye said, the drive mechanicals, not the SATA2 interface are the bottleneck.
February 1, 2012 2:49:39 PM

mechanical drives are not going anywhere for a very long time. its going to be a few more year yet before you are able to buy a 1 TB SSD for the same price you can buy a non HDD drive for the same price
a b G Storage
February 1, 2012 2:55:52 PM

mazuren said:
For a new PC with some mass storage I'm considering either:
WD Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2 TB Raid 1 (3GB/s) 209$
WD Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2 TB Raid 1 (6GB/s) 261$

(Don't argure with the price, I'm from Scandinavia)

They should be about the same speed but the newer standard is way more expensive.
My only concern is wether the SATA2 standard will be phased out, so that SATA2 HHDs will be a problem for motherboards 3-4 years from now?



Something is always better after you purchase it. Buy something that you can afford and fits your need
a c 261 G Storage
February 1, 2012 3:08:19 PM

For the price savings go with the SATA 2 drives, as stated above no SATA 3 mechanical drive can saturate the SATA 2 interface.
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