I want to install a new SSD to a XPS-435T, built in 2010. AFAIK the motherboard supports SATA I, but I am not sure about SATA II or SATA III. Attached JPG is a screenshot of the motherboard specs from CPU-Z analysis.
So my first question is this: Does anyone know what SATA versions are available on this motherboard?
What is a good way to identify what type of SATA is built on it now?
Second, there are two HD drives:
Primary (boot) drive is a Seagate ST3320418AS (320gb). I believe it is SATA I.
Secondary (data) drive is a WD WD5000AAKS-75V0A0 (500gb). I believe it is also SATA I.
I want to replace the 320gb Seagate with a SSD drive. Probably a 250-500gb.
What I need to know is if there are any special warnings/issues in trying to replace a SSD from a conventional (previous) HD.
Also, what you guys think about the Crucial vs. Samsung SSDs?
i've read somewhere that the SATA III drives are backwards compatible with SATA I standard. Is this true?
Thanks in advance for you replies!
Phil in Sugar Land