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: 5,332   +101

    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: 5,332   +101

    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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