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SSD Compatibility

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#1 Robbie7712


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Posted 27 March 2015 - 07:53 AM

Hi, It's a long time since I visited, but could use some advice right now.
I have an old Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo P5905 DT.  It was getting slow, so I installed a 120G SSD from Kingston.  It seems to be working well, definitely faster-- but Kingston say it's not supported by the SATA 1 connector and won't work----the mobo  only has the one SATA connector.  Obviously it's not working at the speed intended due to the SATA 1, so I wonder if there s anything else I can do to get a bit more speed out of it.   I was thinking maybe change the  Chipset---presently Intel ICH 7 Storage Controller for an ICH 10R---would that be possible---and would it help?
OS is Win7 SP1.
Maybe it would be better to change the Motherboard, and get 4 SATA connectors---could change my CD / DVD Drives to SATA too.  I'm only an amateur so please, no  high tech jargon.
 thanks  Robbie

Edit: Topic moved from Windows 7 to Internal Hardware ~ Computerxpds

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#2 Citizen_WD


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Posted 27 March 2015 - 10:49 AM

Hello there Robbie7712,
In principle, SATA-2 hard drives are backwards compatible with SATA-1 controllers. The same is also true with SATA-2 controllers and SATA-1 drives.  Your sequential read/write speeds will be bottlenecked by sata 1 speeds ( about 130 -140MB/s) but you still get full benefit of random read/write speeds and low latency of the SSD. 
My personal opinion is that it's not the best idea to run a SSD on anything less than SATA III, considering that even it could limit the speed of a modern solid state drive slightly. In your case, the best solution is to change the motherboard (and probably the CPU as well) to at least a SATA II compatible one. And, of course, if you do that i would also recommend running an SSD + HDD combo.  This way you will get the best from both worlds - speed and fast load times, as well as the reliability and capacity of a HDD. 
Hope this was helpful, Citizen_WD

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