So recently my friend gave me a used drive that I plan on using as a backup drive. However, I own a GA-Z77-D3H motherboard and have already used all of the native Sata 3 slots. I was wondering. Should I plug this sata 3 compatible hard drive into the marvell controlled sata 3 or the chipset controlled sata 2?
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IT will barely matter with a HDD as your not bottlenecked by the interface
you won't reach the max interface transfer rates of SATA 2 with a HDD. so it will work just the same as if it were in a SATA 3 port.