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Does a SATA II device work with a SATA mobo?

By ihaveaname ยท 5 replies
May 18, 2011
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  1. Umm, this was probably a stupid question, but, SATA II hard drives are easier to find than SATA hard drives. Could I just buy a SATA II drive for my netbook (which I think has a SATA HDD)?

    The netbook is an Acer Aspire One D260.
     
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    This will probably be ok but I would check with Acer first.
     
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    I'm not sure on notebook drives, but a lot of SATA II desktop drives can be made SATA I with a jumper. If the drive you are looking at has a jumper for that then I'm sure it would work.
     
  4. ihaveaname

    ihaveaname TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 107

    Okay thanks for the help guys!
     
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,357   +1,516

    Short answer is "Yes", SATA is backwards compatible just as USB is.
     
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,505   +2,298

    A while back, (2 or 3+ years ago), I think that Seagate drives were shipped jumpered to SATA 1 (150Gbs). I remember having to pull it for the SATA 2 spec to work. AFAIK, WD never required this. (I hope I don't have this backwards with respect to brand). With that said, I interchange SATA 2 drives on my SATA 1 mobo (Intel 915 desktop), with absolutely no regard for jumpers. They work fine. Intel 915 is 6+ years old.
     

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