Sata II compatible with older stuff?

imperial

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Hard Disks SATA 2 by default should be compatible with moterboards like Asus P4S800 Deluxe (socket 478) Fsb 800, and Pentium IV 3.0GHz Prescott 1MB L2 ?

Because mine Western Digital 250 Sata II took more than 14 hours to format, plus everytime I boot the pc the bios kept giving me a error.. something like: "BAD!".. after pressing F1 to resume I can install windows xp, format it, and use the SO.. but Every single time it boots I need to press F1..

So.. I returned to the store and they are looking at it, I am wandering if it happens just because its not plugged on a recent motherboard or Pentium D / Core 2 duo processor..

Thanks!
 

nobly

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Since the motherboard is older its probably spec'ed at SATA 1.5Gbps. There might be a jumper on the HDD itself that will let you specify the drive to work at SATA 1 speeds (1.5Gbps). Look on the HDD - it should provide jumper details on it somewhere.

If there's no jumper for that, the HDD probably auto-detects the speed - these are becoming more common.
 

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