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By Amjad Zoghbi ·

I have an Intel SS4000-E storage device, the spec says you need to connect up to 4 SATA-I hard drives. Do you think it is possible to use SATA-II drives instead? Is there such a thing as SATA-I controller only? If so, what happens if SATA-II drives are used on a SATA-I controller?

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by fungus-among-us In reply to SATA I and II

Just like the the PATA world... the higher spec'd parts are backwards compatible. If you connected an ATA133 hard drive to a system that only supported a max ATA speed of ATA66, your drive would operate at the lower speed. Same thing with SATA. SATA II drive would run at SATA I speeds.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to SATA I and II

With the Intel Device you shouldn't have any problems but if you do it's possible to limit the speed of the SATA 11 Drives with a Jumper back to SATA 1 Standards.

I've only seen this on AMD M'Boards as an issue but if you need to you can look up on the drive makers web site on how to limit the Top Speed of the latter SATA Drives.


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Can you or others give an update ?

by Rob C In reply to SATA I and II

I have Seagate 500GB Sata 2 drive (Barracuda 7200.12).
Will it work happily with a PCI Sata 1 card ?
Or does one have to resort to the Jumper ?

If I need the jumper, is it the same as an IDE one, or do I have to purchase one ?
If purchasing, what would be the correct terminology ?

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