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Will I still see good speeds using a SATA 3 SSD on a SATA 2 mobo?

Q: Will I still see good speeds using a SATA 3 SSD on a SATA 2 mobo?

I am looking to purchase an SSDD ( - Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F90GB3-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)) and am wondering if I will still see good speeds as my motherboard only has SATA II connections and the drive is SATA III.

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A: Will I still see good speeds using a SATA 3 SSD on a SATA 2 mobo?

Yes sir you will. Regular hard drives don't even use the max bandwidth speed of Sata II, and its still tricky to get the full speed of Sata III, so you will notice a very good speed improvement with what you have. I have done this very thing in the past
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My Box config

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want to upgrade to 500 gigs or if possible to 1tb Sata HDD

Problem is
1) Mother board is old done almost 3 years
2) I don't know what version of SATA will be supported
Please advise

Thanks in advance for your answers


A:Need to upgrade to SATA Not sure if it is sata or sata II which my mobo supports

I don't know why, but everytime I go to asus, they're hving site maintenance
Anyway see if you can click on Specifications there
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A:Will SATA II mobo headers accept SATA I drive?

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A:can new sata II 1 tb hd work with a sata i mobo?

If the drive is detected then the SATA 1/5 versus 3.0 is not likely an issue.

But the drive needs to be initialized, partitioned and formated before it will get a driver letter and be accessible.

To do that you must use Disk Management and here's how:
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A:SATA II Speeds Inop?

It seems from some google searching that these are limited to SATA 1.50Gbps. That's a real bummer;
SATA 3.0 Discovery

Oh well, at least you get the biggest benefit from the SSD, very low access times. The sequential throughput speeds look great on paper, but don't make a world of difference in day to day usage.
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A:SATA sustained speeds question. What is yours?

This is a normal misconception caused by marketing hype and misleading ads.

The HD interface speed is meaningless - the real bottleneck is the drive mechanics that limit the transfer rates well below the interface speeds. As you can see you wouldn't lose anything even if you had ATA133 and the difference would be nonexistent even with ATA100.

Those speeds you got are perfectly normal and I'm sure they match the quoted speeds from your hard drive manufacturer.
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A:Are these speeds average or perhaps normal for a SATA II connection?

Yes that is a normal speed for SATA II. You did not reach the max for II so your drive will work fine. The max speed for II is 300mb so that is totally fine.
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A:Extremely Slow speeds using e-sata and usb 3 external raid box

Task Manager -> Resource Monitor (tile at bottom left)

Once that's opened, click the DISK tab at the top. Slide the slider to have the lower portion be most of the screen. It is showing most active files and their rate of xfer AND the I/O time itself (rightmost column).

Fire up your xfer and go back and see what the numbers look like on this Resource Monitor screen. Screen shot and repost.
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A:mobo sata

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A:Both sata and ide on same mobo

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Does the BIOS see the drive after you push the reset button or ctrl+alt+del at the error message to reboot? (Do not power off!) Does the HD actually spin up?

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A:How to put a SATA & Ultra ATA on the same mobo?

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A:How to add more SATA 3.0 slots to an old Mobo

You can use something like this card;

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A:SATA and MSI K8N NEO4 Mobo

Ah yes, the good ol' nForce4 chipset

What do you mean when you say "the high speed SATA ports"? You will want to use the purple SATA ports for the system install, since they more closely work like an IDE channel. Also, is the 80GB drive is for the system install? If so and you aren't planning on RAID striping them, I would just try to install with the system drive plugged into the #1 purple sata connector (oddly, the 2nd one from the battery).

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A:New mobo, old sata hd problem

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A:ide hdd conversion to sata mobo?

Google SATA to IDE
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A:Installation of XP on MOBO/SATA drive

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<<I have all the updates installed, "I think".>>

What updates to what?

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any help?
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Install Driver ...
If driver is not the issue Update the BIOS ...

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A:Gigabyte Mobo forcing IDE over SATA

I'm not sure what you mean. Where are you seeing the drive identified as IDE?
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A:Booting W/SATA HD on older MoBo..?

Good Question.

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Never mind; I got it worked out.

Long story about RAID controllers and poorly labeled/missing drivers!
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Quote: Originally Posted by pstein

Can I arbitrarily plug in and out SATA cables (coming from DVD and (external) hard disc) into and from SATA slots on the motherboard?

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Hello Peter and welcome to the forum

The answer I will give you is that the drive and PC must support hot plugging, You need to select AHCI in the BIOS and the drive must have a SATA power cable (as opposed to the old four pin molex connectors that were used by some of the early SATA drives.)

I have never heard of hot plugging a DVD drive.

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Did you install the driver for the card?
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Welcome to TechSpot

Yes I'll try.
You do need the drivers on a non bootable floopy.
When starting the install of XP (boot from cd?)
almost immediately you are ask to press f6 to load
any third party scsi drivers.
All MoBo's I use that have sata it's reffered to as scsi
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G'Luck :approve:
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Was xp already on the hard drive for the new motherboad?

if so you need to do a repair installation and install the new motherboard drivers.

ACHI should be the correct setting

Disk read error could mean the disk is damaged or dirt have you tried cleaning it or another disk?
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A:Trouble migrating an IDE drive to SATA mobo

hit f8 during boot up....go to advanced boot your "enter"...startup repair
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A:No boot after switching HDD Sata order on Mobo

Try a startup repair and run it 3 seperate times...

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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I added my system info to attach...

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