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Windows 7: SATA 6 Gb/s to SATA 1.5 Gb/s possible or not?

02 Sep 2014   #1
sportsfanatic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
SATA 6 Gb/s to SATA 1.5 Gb/s possible or not?

I wish to replace my old laptop hdd(WD2500BEVS-250 GB) at SATA 1.5 Gb/s with a new one(HTS721010A9E630-1TB) at SATA 6Gb/s.Will this downgradation from 6 to 1.5 work on the laptop with:
CPU:Intel Core 2 Duo P8700@2.53 GHz
Ram:4GB
Motherboard:Lenovo 2743A92
HDD:WD2500BEVS (250 GB)
Also both the drives have identical dimensions.
Please Help Thank You


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02 Sep 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Any Sata drive should work. Your Sata bus is probably 3Gb/sec and data transfer will work at that speed.
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03 Sep 2014   #3
CaptainWD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hey there sportsfanatic,

SATA 1, 2 and 3 are backwards compatible and the HGST drive should work just fine in there at reduced speed (most probably SATA 3 Gb/s).
As for the old drive, I could advise you to run the WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic tool to make sure it does not have any issues and use it as a backup for you more important information. Here's a link: WD Support / Downloads / Other Products / Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows

Hope this helps,

CaptainWD.
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03 Sep 2014   #4
sportsfanatic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 


Much appreciated
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Any Sata drive should work. Your Sata bus is probably 3Gb/sec and data transfer will work at that speed.
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03 Sep 2014   #5
sportsfanatic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 


Thank You
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CaptainWD View Post
Hey there sportsfanatic,

SATA 1, 2 and 3 are backwards compatible and the HGST drive should work just fine in there at reduced speed (most probably SATA 3 Gb/s).
As for the old drive, I could advise you to run the WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic tool to make sure it does not have any issues and use it as a backup for you more important information. Here's a link: WD Support / Downloads / Other Products / Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows

Hope this helps,

CaptainWD.
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03 Sep 2014   #6
sportsfanatic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
This is what WD support team told me

"On the drive side, your understanding is correct, SATA interface speed is downgrade-able, that means that SATA 6Gb/s drive can work in 3Gb/s or 1.5Gb/s line with ease. However, on the motherboard side, there are older motherboards which do not recognise a SATA 6Gb/s drive at all, the drive needs to be recognised first before it can handshake the interface speed to go to the lower interface speed.

In such scenerio, we would advise customer to find a SATA 6Gb/s system first, then plug the SATA 6Gb/s drive in and run a utility to lower the drive interface speed lower to that of 1.5Gb/s."

My Question:Will i be needing to lower the drive interface speed to 1.5 Gb/s to be able to run it on my laptop?
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03 Sep 2014   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Check the jumper settings for your WD drive.
Link is not your drive.
Specifications for the 300 GB SATA 3 GB/s VelociRaptor® drive (Gen 1)
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03 Sep 2014   #8
sportsfanatic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Can you please elaborate on the jumper settings as i am a layman to this subject? I can't find the jumper settings for this drive.
Where can i find it?
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03 Sep 2014   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sportsfanatic View Post
Can you please elaborate on the jumper settings as i am a layman to this subject? I can't find the jumper settings for this drive.
Where can i find it?
Link is not your drive.
Specifications for the 300 GB SATA 3 GB/s VelociRaptor® drive (Gen 1)


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03 Sep 2014   #10
sportsfanatic

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sportsfanatic View Post
Can you please elaborate on the jumper settings as i am a layman to this subject? I can't find the jumper settings for this drive.
Where can i find it?
Link is not your drive.
Specifications for the 300 GB SATA 3 GB/s VelociRaptor® drive (Gen 1)


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Ok i can see 4 pin jumper on the drive so what do i do now?
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