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Willy Jonasty Mar 19, 2006, 08:31pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have a sata150 drive and I can get a good deal on a sataII drive. I was wondering if they will work together...Will it work if I boot windows from the sata2 and then use my sata150 for regular files?

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-Will


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Beavis Khan Mar 19, 2006, 08:48pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sata II and Sata150
Yup.

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Willy Jonasty Mar 19, 2006, 08:50pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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cool thanks

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Mike L. Mar 19, 2006, 08:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'm pretty sure they would, then again you have to check if your motherboard supports SATAII and if your chipset supports NCQ(Native Command Queuing). It's just a feature that aids in the hard drives productivity, but I say this because if your chipset doesn't support it, then you'll have alot of problems. For example, very, very slow performance, random reboots and lockups. This is because that feature is not supported and is trying to implement itself regardless, thus creating lots of conflicts in your system. With that said, it's not like you'll notice any kind of boost in performance, this is only relevant when you use a R.A.I.D array.

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Mike L. Mar 19, 2006, 08:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sata II and Sata150
Disregard everything I said, I didn't see what board you had. Therefore it will work.

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SuPeR Xp Mar 19, 2006, 09:29pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sata II and Sata150
Yes, they will. I have a IDE 133, SATA150 & 2 x SATA300's all working great with each other. I am also Dual Booting MCE & x64 XP.

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Gerritt Mar 19, 2006, 10:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sata II and Sata150
Yes they will work together.
As each SATA drive, whether it be 150 or 300 has it's own channel and SATA II controllers are backwards compatible there should be no issues. Having said that, if you have a RAID comprised of both types of drives you will probably be limitted by the throughput of the lower end drive.

My Hitachi SATA II drives actually shipped configured for SATA/150 mode and I had to use a utility to jack them up to SATA II operability.

OK, that it for the BUS Side. The real issue is that SATA II drives cannot transfer data off of the platters at speeds that would utilize the bus transfer speeds. A pair of 10K RPM SATA drives are still faster than a pair of 7.2K RPM SATA II drives. Now when we get to 15K RPM or very high density media, this may change. The only time that the bus speeds are even approached is when the data requested resides in the drives cache.

An old, and probably outdated rule of thumb used to be that the Mb/sec approximated the the spindle speed/1000. Thus a 10K RPM drive would transfer approximately 10Mb/sec of data from the surfaces.
Given the higher density of the media and lower latencies this is probably low, but not too low.

Another caviate may be how the SATA controller is implemented. When you get into multiple SATA connections the way the controller is integrated into the system becomes more critical. If it is attached via a PCI/33 interface it will be slower than one off of a directly integrated bus or PCI-E interface.

It's not easy, but if it was, would we have so much fun with it?

P.S. The same thing holds true for SCSI to a degree. SCSI is much faster than IDE/SATA on large file reads, but IDE/SATA is faster on small file reads due to lesser overhead associated with each fetch/put instruction.

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Willy Jonasty Mar 20, 2006, 12:18am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sata II and Sata150
Wow, I now feel like an expert on Hard drives...Thanks guys


-Will

eVGA GeForce 7800GT 256MB @ 471/1120
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ @ 2.2 ghz
2 gigs (2 X 1024gb) OCZ Platinum
eVGA 133-K8-NF41 Motherboard
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
1X WD SATA2 160gb
1x Seagate Barracuda 300gb SATA150
Enermax Liberty 620 Watt PSU

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