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SATA II or III Question?.


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#1 bluesjunior

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 07:05 AM

I have a self built desktop PC with the gigabyte MA770T-UD3 1.4 motherboard an AMD Athlon II X3 450 CPU running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1 and a Samsung HD502HJ hard drive. The hard drive is SATA II. This has been a terrific PC with not one single problem in the 4yrs since I built it, lately I have been deliberating over whether to put in a SSD hard drive for the OS and daily operation and use the present hard drive as just storage. I have looked at the SSD drives at Ebuyer and see that although they do have SATA II ones, obviously there is more choice in the SATA III versions. My question is, are the SATA III ones backwards compatible with my PC or do I have to use a SATA II one?. If so, then is there an easy way to make my PC SATA III ready or do I need to build a new PC?. Thanks in advance for any advice offered.

 

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 09:06 AM

SATA III devices are backward compatible with SATA II.  They will just connect at the lower speed (3 Gb/s).


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 04:10 PM

Thank you.


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 04:56 PM

That motherboard doesn't support Sata III only Sata II. You can get a Sata III device, but you won't benefit from the speed until you upgrade your motherboard.

 

 


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  2. 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 0+1

Edited by chrisd87, 16 January 2014 - 04:57 PM.

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 07:51 AM

Do some research on SSD drives there is a bit of work, also need to see if your board has the needed features to gain the full advantage.  I have to do a complete reload after some needed bios changes, mine runs fairly fast but quite a bit off the scores it should be.  All data needs to be backed up as a clean install is necessary, no following the guides can lead to a shorter life and mediocre performance compared to doing it right.

 

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 08:37 AM

Here are the basics you really need to take advantage of a new SSD.

1st: Get the largest drive you can. The larger the drive, the greater your wear leveling space.

2nd: Get one with a good reputation, and a company standing behind it. Plextor, Samsung, Crucial, and Intel make great drives, and would all be highly recommended.

3rd: Being as this is a slightly older system, avoid exotic drives, such as Sandforce based drives. The reasoning, is that these drives tend to have a higher rate of incompatibility.

4th: Leave a small amount of space unused. Many people like to leave a space unpartitioned - a few GB is plenty, you just want to ensure there is always space available for wear leveling.

5th: STRIP Windows functions that are not necessary. Kill Superfetch, Indexing, and any other service that likes to write to the disk repeatedly. If you have enough ram, kill the paging/swap file. Get rid of the hibernate function. This has the added benefit of freeing up space equivalent to the amount of ram you have. Use Disk Cleanup to remove all the extra Windows installation files.

 

Lastly, understand that 99% of the performance gain is from the SSD not having to wait to access data. Don't get hung up on it "only" being capable of 250MB/sec. Those drives are still insanely fast, and unlikely to disappoint.


Edited by waldojim42, 18 January 2014 - 08:38 AM.

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