I have a question regarding the compatibility of SATA II on my current rig.
I currently have a Seagate ST-3160023AS (Barracuda 7200.7 160 Plus, Serial ATA)
as my primary drive.
I'm looking at getting a ST-3160812AS (Barracuda 7200.9 160, Serial ATA NCQ) which has SATA 2.0 w/NCQ
as a second hard drive.
Will the 2nd Barracuda with SATA 2.0 w/NCQ be compatable with my computer, although the primary drive is only Serial ATA? I plan on also purchasing Norton Ghost 10.0 and use that in conjuntion with the two drives.
IOW: Will the SATA II drive work on my computer? ..with the SATA I cable? ...with the SATA II cable? ...with the SATA I to II converter cable? ...or do I have to buy a SATA I hard drive?
I believe my motherboard is a ACPI Multiprocessor PC? (I have a Dell Demension 8400)
Dell Demension 8400
Pentium® 4 Processor 540 with HT Technology (3.40GHz, 800 FSB)
1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz (2x512M)
17, E173FP Flat Panel Display
256MB PCI Express x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) nVidia GeForce 6800
160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/ Native Command Queuing
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 48x CD-RW Drive
Sound Blaster® Live! 24-bit ADVANCED HD Sound Card