SATAII or SATAIII, on a SATA M/B Tags: Hard Drives SATA Motherboards Storage Last response: December 14, 2012 3:32 PM in Storage Share wufer December 12, 2012 12:08:12 PM Hello. I have an MSI 915GM Motherboard coming from ebay. It has connections for IDE and SATA hard drives. Can i use SATAII or SATAIII hard drives on this m/b, or just SATA. Cheers. More about : sataii sataiii sata Dereck47 a b V Motherboard a c 403 G Storage 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. wufer 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?. Cheers Related resources SATAIII speed on SATAII MB - Forum RAID 4x SATAII vs 2x SATAIII - Forum SSD in SATAII not SATAIII - Forum HELP Needed SSD Speeds ok? ( SATAIII SSD on SATAII ) - Forum Optical Drives need SATAIII over SATAII ? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Hawkeye22 a b V Motherboard a c 294 G Storage 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. Dereck47 a b V Motherboard a c 403 G Storage December 14, 2012 3:32:39 PM Hawkeye22 is correct. If you have any problems connect the jumper on your Caviar Blue to pins 5 & 6 (see "OPT1 enabled" on attached link): http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/search/1/a_i... Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumHDD SATA-III and old Motherboard ForumINTEL D975XBX2 Extreme Motherboard & SATA-III Drives ForumFrom SATAII to SATAIII without new Win7 installation ForumAsus (P6X58D-E) SATAII and SATAIII bios settings ForumSataII 3gb in raid 0 or 1 vs single sata III 6gb ForumSilverstone GD06 - Hot Swap Bays SATAII or SATAIII ? ForumDisappointed is SATAIII , alternatives? ForumRAIDing SSDs in a SATAII enviornment. ForumSATAIII /USB3/PCI-e3/i7X/X68/HD5xxx/GT3xx and others. Input ENCOURAGED! ForumAny recommendations for an SSD for a SATAII mobo? ForumBest SSD Of 2013, Which is it? ForumSATA SSD + SCSI Disk in RAID? ForumRaid 1 on Intel Sata 3 or Marvell Sata 6? ForumSATA Ports not working Forum[Solved] Can i use Sata 6gb/s on Gigabite G41 combo mobo More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !