Will a Sata 3 Hard drive work on a Sata 2 Motherboard?

  VNAM75 04 Feb 12

I understand Sata 3 is backward compatible with Sata 2. So will a Sata 3 Seagate HD work if plugged into the Sata 2 port of an Asus motherboard using the included Sata 2 cable? Will there be any problems/disadvantages apart from the HD only performing at Sata 2 speeds?

Hard drive http://www.ebuyer.com/272944-seagate-500gb-3-5-sata-iii-6gb-s-barracuda-hard-drive-7200rpm-16mb-cache-st500dm002

Motherboard http://www.ebuyer.com/269072-asus-m5a78l-m-usb3-amd-socket-am3-8-channel-hd-audio-matx-motherboard-m5a78l-m-usb3

  KRONOS the First 04 Feb 12

Go ahead, you will have no problems at all.

  KRONOS the First 04 Feb 12

Sorry that posted all by itself, I am answering from the iPad,had a quick look and you have Sata 3 connections on the mobo. Ebuyer does not display particularly well on the iPad so I'll confirm later unless someone else does so before me.

  D@ve 04 Feb 12

"6 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue" (i.e. SATA II)

Can't see any mention of SATA III ports on that motherboard. But yes, it will still work.

  KRONOS the First 04 Feb 12

Sorry D@ve is quite right. Getting a little muddled in my old age. But you will not have any problems.

  VNAM75 05 Feb 12

Thanks a lot.


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