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Old 19th October, 2005, 04:22 AM
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Question Please Help! Hard Drive question?

I need to know what SATAII is. Is it the same as SATA 3.0Gb/s? I will be getting a new mobo soon and was wondering what drive I need to get as it says it supports SATAII but I can't ever find drives that actually say that. Thanks
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Dispelling the Confusion: SATA II does not mean 3Gb/s

The term SATA II has grown in popularity as the moniker for the SATA 3Gb/s data transfer rate, causing great confusion with customers because, quite simply, it’s a misnomer.

The first step toward a better understanding of SATA is to know that SATA II is not the brand name for SATA’s 3Gb/s data transfer rate, but the name of the organization formed to author the SATA specifications. The group has since changed names, to the Serial ATA International Organization, or SATA-IO.

The 3Gb/s capability is just one of many defined by the former SATA II committee, but because it is among the most prominent features, 3Gb/s has become synonymous with SATA II. Hence, the source of the confusion.
http://www.sata-io.org/images/SATA%20Naming%20Chart.jpg
http://www.sata-io.org/namingguidelines.asp

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Thank you for this. It helps shed a little light on things! So assuming I read that right, than it couldn't hurt to get a SATA 3Gb/s drive because it should backward compatable with SATA 150 correct? Or should I just stick with a regular SATA 150?
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Old 19th October, 2005, 05:23 PM
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AFAIK, the SATA 2 HDD's will be backwards compatible with SATA (1) Controllers. I don't know how long it will be before "everything" will be SATA 2.
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