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Windows 7: Sata 6gb/s compatible with my HD?

10 May 2011   #1

Win 7 home premium x64
Sata 6gb/s compatible with my HD?


I'm thinking about purchasing a new motherboard & processor to upgrade my old Dell stuff. this is the motherboard: - MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Is this compatible with a regular ole SATA hard drive? I notice it says SATA 6b/s. will i haev to buy a new hd and dvd drive or what?


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10 May 2011   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Arv3n,

No, you will not need to buy a new HDD. Any SATA HDD is compatible with the SATA 6 Gb/s port on the motherboard. That motherboard has 4 SATA 3 Gb/s ports and 2 SATA 6 Gb/s ports on it.

The link below can help give you some more details about these two though if you like.

SATA revision 2.0 (SATA 3 Gbit/s) VS SATA revision 3.0 (SATA 6 Gbit/s)
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10 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

SATA is SATA is SATA. The drive will work fine, but it will run at the slowest point of the two. For example, if the board is 6 Gbps and the drive is will run at 3. If the board is 3 Gbps and the drive is will still run at 3.
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10 May 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

A 6GB port is an overkill for any HDD - but it works. If you are lucky. the HDD can feed it at 1GB/sec. Those boards are made in anticipation of fast SSDs. But even Gen3 SSDs do not feed at 6GB though they are getting closer.
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