SATA 2 backwards compatible?

April 6, 2006 at 01:26:14
Specs: Win XP SP2, 64 3400+ / 1Gb
I've bought a SATA 2 drive but i cant get i to work with my "SATA 1" motherboard, is SATA 300 backward compatible with SATA 150?

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April 6, 2006 at 01:35:34
Yes, in theory they are backwards compatible but you need your board to be able to recognise it - I think it's called 'autonegotiation' from what I remember reading. You can also check on the hard-drive itself, one I've seen had a jumper to limit it to SATA1 speed.

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April 6, 2006 at 06:24:24
For example:

Western Digital

SATA Compatibility Modes
WD Caviar Hard Drive Labels are Key to
Determining SATA Compatibility

Luke Chi

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April 6, 2006 at 06:27:23
It is the auto negotiation it has to sort out.The manufacturers' Support showed me how to set the jumper.
Got it to work :D
Thanks anyway.

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April 6, 2006 at 09:01:32
SATA 2 (SATA 300) is not backwards compatible with a SATA (SATA 150) controller. In order to use a SATA 2 drive on a SATA (SATA 1?) controller, the hard drive must have a jumper position to restrict it to using SATA (SATA 150), and a jumper must be installed. Some drives have the jumper position available (e.g. some recent Samsung), some don't (e.g. some recent Maxtor).
This information can also probably be easily found on your hard drive manufacturer's web site.

If your drive does not have the jumper position available, you must return it and get a SATA 2 one that does, or a SATA drive.

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