new SATA 3GB/s drive in older SATA capable mobo?
Posted on 2008-10-22
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.