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new SATA 3GB/s drive in older SATA capable mobo?

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Hi,

I have an Albatron PX865PEC Pro (not rev 2) with a couple of IDE hard drives (maxed out.)

I want to add an additional drive, and SATA makes sense financially and evidently will not interfere with the IDE drives. I have never installed a SATA drive, so I really don't know much about them.

I see good prices on Western Digital drive:
WD Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS , SATA 3.0Gb/s, 500GB, 7200 RPM, 16MB Cache.

According to the Albatron website, my motherboard can handle 150MB/s (quite a bit slower than what the drive can do), so I need to know if that will work.

I also wonder if the Albatron spec of 150 MB/ sec is a misprint. Should that be 1500MB/s (1.5GB/s)?

If it is compatible, do I just have to jumper the drive down to 150GB/s, as I have seen suggested somewhere, or is there more to it? It seems like some folks say the drive will automatically sense the SATA-1 on the southbridge on the motherboard, and will just run as a 150 drive, and others say there is a jumper. I'd like to clear that up too.

Thanks!

Dennis
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Just do jumper to limit to 150 and the drive will work just fine. If you want full transfer rate, then get PCI sata card and that would be nice.
If the drive has no jumper, it will also auto detect and work but with slower rate.
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Thanks, PUNKY. Hey, is there really any difference between SATA-1 and SATA-2 cables? Seems like manufacturer's hype, in this case.

Thanks,

Dennis
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Thanks! I appreciate your time!

Dennis
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The cable is same (data and power).
Thank you.
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Thanks!

-Dennis
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