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Sata 2 with Sata 1?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by M!!cook, 3 May 2006.

  1. M!!cook

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    Hello all!
    i have 4 150gig raptors and 2 500gig sata 1 drives, crazy as it may sound, i need more space! (Mainly downloads, lots of movie work and the good old 1gig images)
    I am unsure if sata 2 will work with the rest of my drives?
    I have a DFI Expert.
    I sata 2 backwards compatible?
     
  2. Dutch Guy

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    SATAII are default SATA when you buy them, you need to use a utility to set them to SATAII sot hey work on any mobo with SATA ports.

    After doing that you can only use the drives on a mobo that can use SATAII drives so if your boot drive fails you cannot connect the drives to another computer that doesn't have SATAII
     
  3. M!!cook

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    so in theroy, i buy some sata 2's, i will recive them as sata 1's?
     
  4. Dutch Guy

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    Yes, I had to use a bootable CD with a utility on it to set my Hitachi drives to SATAII
     
  5. smids

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    However Dutch Guy, this only applies to the Hitachi's. However all drive manufacturers other than Hitachi will have a jumper which you can set to force 150MB/s external transfer rate. Either way, the drive will work fine. See my sticky for more info (top of HDU forum).
     
  6. Sydk

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    is there a utility available for free, which tells you all the info you need about your hdds.

    A bit like CPUZ for cpus.
     
  7. smids

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    Everest is pretty good from Lavalys.
     
  8. ashmanq

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    sooooo much capacity!!! :eek: