Concur with dereck47
If going with a SSD, recommend a sata III SSD even if using on a sata II port
For HDDs - Mocs-nicks as SATAIII HDD is more a marketing gimick as the ONLY benifit of using a sata III HDD on a Sata III port verse Plugging it into a sata II port is that very short Burst speed - NO diff in sustanded throughput.
@MatildaPersson - I think each sata port is a master and speed is goverend by the device enogotion with he host. Not like the old PATA (master/slave) where speed is governed by the slowest device. Yes, if a sata III SSD is pluged into a sata II port, it's speed will be limitedby sata ii throughput, BUT a Sata III ssd is still the choice.
Bottom Line: If going with a SSD, go with a sata III SSD, preferably one based on Marvel controller (Ie Crucial M4) ot the Samsung 830/840. NOTE the Samesung 840 pro has the lowest power consumption. IF asking about a HDD - Flip coin, but go with a 7200 RPM drive.
Side comment, if this laptop only has one Hardrive Bay then MatildaPersson comment is pointless. My laptop has two HDD bays, both with an SSD.
No. A SATA 3 capable device, if plugged into a SATA 2 port, will drop down to that speed.
You are correct. I was not trying to say that he was going to get SATA 3 Speeds.
I was trying to say that compatibility and reliability will be better with a SATA 3 drive.
TRIM, Garbage Collection, Wear-Leveling algorithms, are all better with current generation SSDs.
^ Not so much due to initial controller problems, more to the company attitude inthat they blamed the user knowledge and/or system while saying they DID NOT have a problem. Can forgive the problem (Note even intel had a couple of problems, one that turned the SSD into a 8 mb SSD - then crucial with there 5000 Hr bug) - But can NOT forgive management attitude!