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Friend of mine is putting together a cheap server and wants to know if he can use a sata 6GB/s drive on a sata 3GB/s board.

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58834&vpn=GA-M68MT-S2P&manufacture=Gigabyte

Thats his board (he has the rev.3 board, rev.1 is shown but both are Sata 3GB/s).

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57432&vpn=WD5002AALX&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD&promoid=1302

That is the drive he is considering.

His reason for this is that ncix said they would give him a deal on that specific drive (free shipping and 10 bucks off).

Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 8
Yes it will work just wont get sata 3 speeds

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yup will work!
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Thanks guys. +rep

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post #5 of 8
Although the question has been already answered i wanted to point out that
A single mechanical hard drive will see minute if measurable differences with a sata III interface because it is not capable of saturating the bandwidth of a sata II port
All sata standards are backwards compatible the connecter does not change just the protocol and interface speeds.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Original;12872939 
All sata standards are backwards compatible the connecter does not change just the protocol and interface speeds.

Mostly correct. There was a connector change between SATA 1 and SATA2/3. SATA 1 does not have the metal locking latch that was added to the SATA 2 spec. While you can still use a SATA2/3 cable with a latch on a SATA 1 port or drive and a SATA 1 cable without the latch on a SATA 2 or 3 drive or port they won't connect as securely. They will connect electronically just fine though and run normally.
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post #7 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by PapaSmurf;12873211 
Mostly correct. There was a connector change between SATA 1 and SATA2/3. SATA 1 does not have the metal locking latch that was added to the SATA 2 spec. While you can still use a SATA2/3 cable with a latch on a SATA 1 port or drive and a SATA 1 cable without the latch on a SATA 2 or 3 drive or port they won't connect as securely. They will connect electronically just fine though and run normally.

lol u own sata III cables huh
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cpyro;12873230 
lol u own sata III cables huh

The latest ones are marketed as SATA 3 so un-informed consumers aren't afraid to buy them. They have no problems understanding that a 3 is backwards compatible with 2, but have problems believing that 2 will work on 3. People like us know the only difference between a SATA 2 cable and a SATA 3 cable is the label on the package, but not everyone is so knowledgeable.
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