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I'm building my brother in law an HTPC, however to keep the cost down I have an older 160G SATA drive that I would like to use, however the newer motherboard I'm purchasing has a 3Gb SATA connectors.

I've been out of the loop for many years now, does SATA, SATA2, and SATA3 all use the same connectors? and if yes, are the newer boards with the SATA2 and SATA 3 ports backward compatible when installing an older SATA drives?

Thanks!

Motherboard I plan on buying for him, it also has an integrated video card with an HDMI port.

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They should be fully compatible. The connectors are the same. Is similar to USB in regards to backwards compatibility.
 
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I noticed some of the connectors are kinda L shaped orthers seem straight? I didn't think these would fit??
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Originally Posted by thestef View Post
I'm building my brother in law an HTPC, however to keep the cost down I have an older 160G SATA drive that I would like to use, however the newer motherboard I'm purchasing has a 3Gb SATA connectors.

I've been out of the loop for many years now, does SATA, SATA2, and SATA3 all use the same connectors? and if yes, are the newer boards with the SATA2 and SATA 3 ports backward compatible when installing an older SATA drives?

Thanks!

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Yep! Should be fine!

Also, I went with the 880 as well and my HD playback is flawless! Yours should do well too!
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If you want more info, a quick google turned up this: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/18...ters-sata-sata
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post #6 of 8
yes, it is backwards compatible. i have personally put sata I into sata III slots. i have also put sata III into sataII, and it works flawlessly. all sata should be the L shaped connector, the long one is the power, and will come from your PSU, and the short one is the data which will connect to your motherboard. you should have a couple sata cables that either come with your case, mobo, psu, or left from wherever you got the drive. (if it is new it will include them in the box)

good luck!
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by thestef View Post
I noticed some of the connectors are kinda L shaped orthers seem straight? I didn't think these would fit??
One is for data, the other is for power.

Just use the cables that come with the motherboard and PSU.
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All of them work with each other. The only difference is the speed at which each work.
 
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