Question about SATA

By gdquinn ยท 4 replies
Nov 15, 2007
  1. I do want to install 2nd hard drive and it will be SATA. I am concern that my 2nd hard drive might not work because of the SATA. I don't want to format my primary hard drive. Any advice on it? I am not expert on SATA here.
  2. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    SATA don't require any jumpers or anything, just plug it in, go to BIOS setup, and make sure the Origional Drive is set to boot 1st.

  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,472   +126

    Well the new SATA II-300 do have jumpers for making it SATA-150. Make sure your MOBO can handle new SATA-II 300 or make sure that the SATA has 150 support.

    What do you have now?
    Do you have have SATA support?
    Do you have PSU that has SATA power connectors? (you can buy add-ons)
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    should it not be backwards compatible
    just installed 2 sata II on sata I system no jumpers added
  5. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    Many sata2 supported boards will support sata1 drives. There are a few Sata2 boards that will not "see" the Sata1 drives. Try 'googling' your exact parts.
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