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    Older Computer: SATA Drive/Cable Question


    Don't have many of the specifics of the computer with me. Generally speaking, I have an older (circa 2006), but still pretty darned capable, Gateway FX Desktop. It's running Win7 on a SATA 2. Want to buy a new drive to dual boot with Win8. In general, are the SATA 3 drives backwards compatible with a mobo supporting no more than the SATA 2 data rate, etc? I think he answer is yes, but just checking. Would I need a different cable? I doubt you can even find much in the way of new (not refurbished) SATA 2 drives these days. I have found quite a few refurbished--e.g. this one. I will need very little storage. Don't want an SSD.

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    YES & NO.

    Western Digital SATA III Desktop Drives are backwards compatible with SATA II Motherboards only with a jumper is set on pins 5 & 6.

    You can check the JUMPER setting here:
    WD Support / Installation / SATA & SAS / WD Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II)
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    Thanks much. Useful info. I tend to favor WD drives.
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