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I have the rampage IV extreme. I got a sata II 120 Gb ssd and a sata III barracuda. I'm under the impression that the HDD will not max out sata II speeds let alone sata III. What I've done is set the sata II ssd to the intel sata III port I, and I set the HDD to the other Sata III drive that is for data only (e1). I then set my blue ray drive to sata II. Additionally I used all sata 6 Gb/s cables. Should I set my system up differently? I'm still waiting on the ram but I have every other component installed.

Thank you in advance
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  1. Should work fine as all ports are backwards compatible.

    Somewhat related is that you can plug USB 2.0 devices into USB 3.0 ports.
  2. Thank you for the response. I was going to use the hard drive as data and the SSD as my main board but I think I'm going to boot OS from the hard drive and use SSD as my drive for gaming. I can just get an external usb 3.0 drive for my music storage.
  3. This is a pretty standard way of setting things up. http://www.pcworld.com/article/237496/the_best_of_both_worlds_an_ssd_and_a_hdd.html

    Not using the SSD as boot sort of defeats the whole purpose unless you were going for a caching solution with one of those small 32gb SSDs. Even at SATA II, the SSD is still going to be faster than any HDD. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-upgrade-hdd-performance,3023.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sata-6gbps-performance-sata-3gbps,3110.html

    In addition to the OS and a few select programs running from the SSD, remember that the Windows swap file will also be on there, and it tends to bog down on a HDD.
  4. tlmck said:
    This is a pretty standard way of setting things up. http://www.pcworld.com/article/237496/the_best_of_both_worlds_an_ssd_and_a_hdd.html

    Not using the SSD as boot sort of defeats the whole purpose unless you were going for a caching solution with one of those small 32gb SSDs. Even at SATA II, the SSD is still going to be faster than any HDD. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-upgrade-hdd-performance,3023.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sata-6gbps-performance-sata-3gbps,3110.html

    In addition to the OS and a few select programs running from the SSD, remember that the Windows swap file will also be on there, and it tends to bog down on a HDD.


    Thanks a lot man. I ended up putting my SSD at Sata 6Gb/s 1 and my HDD at slot 2. I then put the optical and front storage in the sata 3Gb/s spots.

    I have the rig together, now I just have to pick up the ram from the post office.
  5. That pesky ram is always holding up the parade. ;)
  6. tlmck said:
    That pesky ram is always holding up the parade. ;)



    Lol well stated. I did end up putting my ssd in windows sata III slot 1 at 6gb/s and then putting my hdd in slot 2 and then switched it to slot 4 (which is sata II/3gb/s). The system is recognizing the hdd but not when I go under computer. I can only see it in some bios spots and under device manager.
  7. You'll probably have to enable the drive in disk management. I do not know why Microsoft made this so difficult. Must have something to do with their idea of security.
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