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Helo, I'm looking to buy my first SSD. My mobo is SATA II but I have noticed that the newer SATA III drives are cheaper and the reviews say they are more reliable than the older SATA II drives. Can I install a SATA III drive on my SATA II mobo? What would be a good drive (around 120gb) to buy thats not going to die in a year. I'm also going to be upgrading to windows 7. Thanks for any help
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SATA III is backwards compatible.

If you want a reliable SSD Intel would be recommended.
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Yes it will work fine. I recommend Crucial M4 for best value and reliability. You can get a 128GB one.
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It works fine. There will be a bottleneck, but you will still get huge performance increase.
    
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Yep.

A SATA1 controller can run SATA3 devices and SATA3 controllers can run SATA1 deviceS thumb.gif A SATA3 SSD will run on a SATA2 port, but the maximum read/write would be lower. From what I hear though, it's a HUGE improvement nonetheless and most people cannot tell the difference between SATA2/SATA3 ports for SATA3 SSDs without using benchmarks.

Just a little somewhat-relevant fun fact for you, a SATA 1 cable is the same thing as a SATA 3 cable thumb.gif it's all marketing, so using a SATA 1 cable for a SATA3 controller&drive will not slow you down biggrin.gif
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Helo, I'm looking to buy my first SSD. My mobo is SATA II but I have noticed that the newer SATA III drives are cheaper and the reviews say they are more reliable than the older SATA II drives. Can I install a SATA III drive on my SATA II mobo? What would be a good drive (around 120gb) to buy thats not going to die in a year. I'm also going to be upgrading to windows 7. Thanks for any help

short answer is yes.

long answer is, if the SSD exceeds sata ii speeds and actually utilizing sata iii speeds, then that drive will not run at it's full speed if you plug it to a sata ii port.
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Wow you guys are fast. Thanks for the help. I figured they would work just wanted to make sure.
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Are their any ones I want to stay away from?
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post #9 of 15
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Are their any ones I want to stay away from?

OCZ? lol

samsung 830 is highly rated right now, before it was crucial m4
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OCZ? lol
samsung 830 is highly rated right now, before it was crucial m4

I've been running two OCZ Agility 3s in a RAID 0 config for almost a year now with 0 issues. Never updated firmwares or anything. Plugged them in and configured the array and walked away.
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