Do I have SATA 2 or SATA 3?
On the left in the device selection panel go to the Motherboard section. The right side of the window will show which SATA ports are available. If 6 Gb / s is written near the port, it means that it is SATA 3 standard. If 3 Gb /s is written near the port, it means that it is SATA 2 standard.
Can SATA 2 cables work on SATA 3?
Yes. There is no difference in the cables. They have not changed with SATA revisions.
How do I know what SATA drive I have?
Look for the “Interface” option in the specifications. SATA drives generally will be referred to as “SATA,” “S-ATA” or “Serial ATA,” while PATA drives may be referred to as “PATA,” Parallel ATA,” “ATA” or, on older drives, simply as “IDE” or “EIDE.”
Are SATA 1/2 and 3 connectors the same?
Yep. They’re interchangeable. All SATA is backward (and forward) compatible.
When did SATA 3 come out?
May 27, 2009
SATA revision 3.0 (6 Gbit/s, 600 MB/s, Serial ATA-600) Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) presented the draft specification of SATA 6 Gbit/s physical layer in July 2008, and ratified its physical layer specification on August 18, 2008. The full 3.0 standard was released on May 27, 2009.
Does it matter what SATA port I use for HDD?
SATA ports are numbered starting from 0. As far as the performance goes, it does not matter which port number you use (as long as they all belong to the same version as discussed earlier). However for the sake of consistency, generally, it is preferred that the first port i.e Port number 0, be used for the boot drive.
Can I use a SATA2 drive on a SATA3 motherboard?
In summary of the Wiki link below: Yes you can use a SATA2 drive on a SATA3 motherboard. So, not only were they designed for backward compatibility, SATA ports were designed for forward compatibility. You should, technicall, be able to take a SATA 3 drive and plug it into a SATA 1 port and the drive will work just fine.
What is the difference between SATA II and SATA III interfaces?
SATA II (revision 2.x) interface, formally known as SATA 3Gb/s, is a second generation SATA interface running at 3.0 Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 300MB/s. SATA III (revision 3.x) interface, formally known as SATA 6Gb/s, is a third generation SATA interface running at 6.0Gb/s.
What is the bandwidth of SATA II?
SATA II (revision 2.x) interface, formally known as SATA 3Gb/s, is a second generation SATA interface running at 3.0 Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 300MB/s.
Is this interface backwards compatible with SATA 3 GB/s?
This interface is backwards compatible with SATA 3 Gb/s interface. SATA II specifications provide backward compatibility to function on SATA I ports. SATA III specifications provide backward compatibility to function on SATA I and SATA II ports. However, the maximum speed of the drive will be slower due to the lower speed limitations of the port.