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December 12, 2012 12:08:12 PM

I have an MSI 915GM Motherboard coming from ebay. :pt1cable: 
It has connections for IDE and SATA hard drives.

Can i use SATAII or SATAIII hard drives on this m/b, or just SATA.


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December 12, 2012 12:17:16 PM

SATA ports are backwards and forwards compatible.

So you can connect any SATA drive to any SATA port.

You will have the same performance if you connect a hard drive to a SATA II or SATA III port.
December 14, 2012 10:59:09 AM

Thank you Dereck :) 

I wanted to fit a 'Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB' h/d to my m/b.
I asked CCL for advice, and here is the answer.

"It certainly should be compatible, the motherboard has two SATA ports, however due to the age of the motherboard I cannot guarantee the two will work together"

Your thoughts please?.

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December 14, 2012 11:05:59 AM

Some earlier motherboards didn't auto-negotiate the transfer speed properly. Because of this, most drives have a jumper to force them to SATA-I speeds. It shouldn't be a problem.