Can you connect SATA II drives on a 2008 2.8 Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sparkie7, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. sparkie7 macrumors 68000

    sparkie7

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    Sorry dont have the specs with me. Can the 2.8 MP Octo handle SATA II HD and SSD connections? Or can it only handle SATA. From what I understand 3Gb/s data transfer rate equates to SATA II. And I think the 2.8 MP has this speed on the Bus. Can anyone confirm?
     
  2. xgman macrumors 601

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  3. macz1 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, the 2008 Mac Pro is provided with 3 Gbit/s SATA II interfaces. But anyway, SATA is backwards compatible. SATA II drives can be connected to SATA connectors and vice versa.
     
  4. sparkie7 thread starter macrumors 68000

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  5. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    SATA II is a misnomer. There is no such standard.

    There is no such thing as a "SATA II" drive. There are SATA 1.5Gb/s and SATA 3.0Gb/s drives. There will be SATA 6.0Gb/s drives at some point too.

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  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Atto's already made HBA's that can control 6.0Gb/s. :p
     
  7. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    But can you buy a SATA 6.0Gb/s drive retail yet????

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  8. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Exactly, hence the :p at the end. ;) :D
     

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