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can i use a sata 2 hd on my mobo

post #1 of 11
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Hi, the motherboard ive got says its got sata and i can see the sata connectors on the board. Ive always used ide drives but my hard drive packed in today and im thinkin of getting a sata instead.

Are sata 2 drives compatible with sata 1 motherboards or will i have to look for a sata 1 drive ?

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Sata2 drivers are compatible. No problems there
    
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post #3 of 11
SATA2 HDDs will work in SATA1 ports, but you will need to put a jumper on the SATA2 HDD and limit it to SATA1 speeds.
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That's only with a few brands. most brands do not have this jumper, and will automatically adjust.
    
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ok, cheers.
o do i just plug it into the mobo and install windows like i would with an ide drive or will i need to install drivers? Or are the drivers only needed if you are using raid.
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post #6 of 11
Generally, drivers are only needed with RAID. Do make sure the settings in BIOS are correct (SATA, and not RAID). However, there are some motherboards that might need drivers (check the manual). Also, do check whether your specific hard drive has a jumper to switch between SATA2 and SATA1. You might need to look up specifications online, or if the drive has a jumper, it's functionality is likely explained on the label
    
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post #7 of 11
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cheerz everyone. Just bought my 80 gig sata2 disk and i got windows installed with no problem. Can really tell the speed difference compared to my old 5400rpm 40gig ide drive lol.
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post #8 of 11
u bought a 80gb sata... :|
y wouldnt u just get like 160 or 180.. they are almost the same price online..
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post #9 of 11
You try finding a 160GB drive for £32.89

There is about a £10 price difference in the UK. And if you don't need 160GB, why bother? £10 is £10 after all.....
    
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post #10 of 11
I there is a jumper, make sure to switch it to SATA 1 because i didnt and my PC crashed all the time and i thought the drive was defective... all is good now
    
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