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Is it possible to fit a 3TB SATA III hard drive as a second hard drive into a system which has a 1 TB SATA II hard drive as the first drive without losing the SATA III speed or performance? I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit with an Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.67GHz 4 core processor.

I have been told it is possible to use an add on card for the motherboard which will allow this configuration, but I do not know if this is true or if it is, where to purchase such an animal.

The specs of the motherboard are as follows

ASUSTeK Computer INC.

Model P7P55D PRO (LGA1156)
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model DMI Host Bridge
Chipset Revision 11
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model P55
Southbridge Revision 05
post #2 of 6
1.) SATA II or SATA III for a mechanical HDD makes no difference, and is just a marketing gimmick. It is impossible for a mechanical HDD to bottleneck a SATA II connection. So a SATA III connection is just overkill.

Just plug in your SATA III drive regularly into any SATA connector, and your be fine.

The type of connection on a mechanical drive is a poor indication of it's speed. A better indication is to look at benchmarks.

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( SSD's are the only drives that get noticeable performance gains from SATA III. Even then, going from a SATA II connection to a SATA III connection on a high-speed SSD gives you a very small performance gain in real world applications. The speed difference with SSDs is only clearly noticeable in benchmarks. )
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For the most part, SATA is all backwards compatible.

Just plug your new drive in and forget about it. If you feel that the drives are not performing optimally, you can always verify it using HD Tune.
    
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Do you think that the fact that the second drive is a 3TB drive will have any detrimental effect as the BIOS of the machine is not EUFI
post #5 of 6
Well, I had not considered that. I've not much experience with UEFI but some quick searching tells me that you might encounter a few small hurdles there.

Perhaps may not be able to use the 3TB drive as a boot drive. But you said you want it for storage.

May have to break it up into two 1.5GB partitions for it to behave correctly. If it was me, I would just plug it in and start messing around with it. Just realize that you aren't going to break anything by experimenting here.
    
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I would break it into smaller partitions anyways to keep a big drive like that organized. I typically have a movies, music, and programs partition on my system. But that's just my personal preference.
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