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How do I find out if my laptop can take advantage of SATA 2 hard drives?


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#1 solaris32

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:34 AM

I've got an older laptop made in late '06. The hard drive I have is SATA 1. I just bought a new one based off of Dell's site. Dell's site said the SATA 2 drives it had were compatible with my laptop and I got one of them. However, my friend says that although my laptop can use the hard drive, it probably won't be able to take advantage of the faster speed of the SATA 2. So the question is, how do I go about learning this of my laptop?

This is the current hard drive I have:
http://www.esaitech.com/commerce/ccp50363-hitachi-travelstar-5k160-120gb-5400-rpm-8mb-cache-hts541612j9sa00--5646.htm?gclid=CIKOmJfu0a8CFQfPKgodzBurFA

This is the one I just bought:
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Scorpio-Black-Notebook/dp/B001CO3EKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335421762&sr=8-1

This is my laptop here and these are the hard drives Dell says are compatible with it including the one I bought:
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/category.aspx?c=us&category_id=6990&cs=ussoho1&l=en&s=soho&mfgpid=167675&chassisid=8448

So how do I find out if my laptop can indeed take advantage of this SATA 2 drive?
When I'm asking for help, please explain, in detail, every step. Thank you :).
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#2 rotor123

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:52 PM

The reason for switching to the new drive would be mostly more space, not more speed.

It should in theory be slightly faster since it is a 7200RPM drive and has more cache than the old 5200Rpm drive.

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#3 solaris32

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:21 PM

My friend says I should've saved a little money and gotten a SATA 1 drive, because he claims my computer can't take advantage of the faster speed of SATA 2 drives. Is this in actuality not an issue? How does it work?
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:37 AM

Whether or not it can take advantage of a SATA II drive I would expect any SATA I drives to be old.

Plus sooner or later you may use that drive elsewhere and the extra speed of SATA II could be a benefit then.

I'll put it this way, I'm frugal but when I buy drives I buy SATA III, or USB3 for externals now. For future speed benefits as I upgrade my equipment.

How much could you have saved? I'll bet not much unless You bought used.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:43 AM

I'm pretty sure you don't save much, yea. I'll just have to hope he's wrong because faster write speeds and such would be nice.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:51 AM

There would probably be a very small slight read and write speed increase.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:53 AM

There would probably be a very small slight read and write speed increase.

Coupled with the fact my current hard drive feels like it's starting to crap out :P.
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