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Sata2 hard drive on a P4P800 SE that supports Sata1

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I'll try to be as specific as possible.

The computer that I'm working with in this question is in my rig. Currently, the hard drive on mine is slowly getting slower and louder, signs of a future hardware failiure. Right now I have WD 160GB ATA. I'm planning on getting the WD Caviar SE16 500GB Sata2 (http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...500GB%20Caviar).

Now my question is, I have a P4P800 SE motherboard. I have all the cables for Sata (the drive cable and the power cable). This hard drive that I'm buying is SATA2 and the motherboard DOES NOT support Sata2, it supports Sata1.

1. Would it work in my P4P800 SE? (supports Sata1)
2. Do I need new cables other than the ones that came with my motherboard. (is there a difference between Sata1 and Sata2 cables)?
3. What performance boost/loss should I expect from the Sata?
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Yes it'll work. You don't need any different cables (I believe SATA I and SATA II cables are exactly the same). You will see MINOR performance boosts over ATA 100 / 133. However cable management is a lot easier with SATA.
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post #3 of 8
Sata 2 is backwards compatable, Any sata cable will work, You will most likely gain performance being that it is a newer drive with newer tech.
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post #4 of 8
I had the same board and I had no problems with any hd that were sata2 and yes you can use the same cable that came with the board.

You would get a little boost and less cable in your case.
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post #5 of 8
Sata2 should be backward compatible, but I'm not 100% sure.
What I'd do is buying a sata 2 controller, but I don't know if that is affordable...
post #6 of 8
1 yes. it will just run at sata1 speeds
2 no. there is no difference in cables
3 you will see a boost going from a older HD to a new one and also from ide to sata
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Thank you everyone for the fast reponse.

I have looked at the Sata data cable and was wondering is that was the power cable. Then I wikipedia "SATA" and found out that it was a Data cable LOL. It is soo small. Finally, my PC will become less cluttered

I will definately be doing IDE vs SATA1 to see actual performance increase!
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Actually.... some SATA 1.5Gb/s controllers will not support SATA 3.0Gb/s drives. This is why some SATA 3.0Gb/s drives have jumper to force them down to SATA 1.5Gb/s. I forget which controllers have the issue though....
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