ATA 3.0 run at 1.5?

By adamwhiles
Mar 24, 2008
  1. If my motherboard only supports 1.5 SATA can I buy a 3.0 drive and it work at the slower speed?
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,266   +92

    Yes, it will. ATA and SATA are always (I believe) designed to be backward compatible.
  3. adamwhiles

    adamwhiles TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, and thanks for help on my previous question. Your a pretty knowledgeable guy
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,266   +92

    Haha, I hardly consider myself to be "knowledgeable", especially considering the fact that I have to load my posts full of a**-coverage like "I believe" :D. I'm just pretty sure there were strict ATA guidelines that kept it backward compatible, so, I assume it's the same deal with the SATA interface.

    You're more than welcome, adamwhiles.
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