kwertyuk 16:35 30 Jul 06

Hey, I have an ASUS K8V-MX Motherboard with a SATA HDD.

Im running out of space so i need a new HDD. In overclockers, etc, they sell SATA-2 (SATA-II) as well as SATA drives.

- Are these compatible with my system?

- And/or are the cable interfaces the same in SATA and SATA-2?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:46 30 Jul 06

SATA 2 (SATA 300) is not backwards compatible with a SATA (SATA 150) controller.
In order to use a SATA 2 drive on a SATA (SATA 1?) controller, the hard drive must have a jumper position to restrict it to using SATA (SATA 150), and a jumper must be installed. Some drives have the jumper position available (e.g. some recent Samsung), some don't (e.g. some recent Maxtor).
This information can also probably be easily found on your hard drive manufacturer's web site.
If your drive does not have the jumper position available, you must return it and get a SATA 2 one that does, or a SATA drive.

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