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Jim Ford
17th September 2018, 11:21 AM
I'm getting SMART warning about imminent HD failure, so I'm looking for a new HD for my laptop.

The existing HD is a WDC WD5000LPLX-00ZNTT0.

Looking at ebuyer I see that their drives are SATA-III.

Are all SATA drives backwards compatible? I've got a feeling that there may be compatibility issues with the connector.

Jim

Harold Gough
17th September 2018, 11:34 AM
A side issue.

I needed my SSD replaced a few months ago. A great deal of copying or reinstallation was avoided because a lot of my software, including all image processing packages, is on my data drive (in Documents). Worth considering?

Harold

wornish
17th September 2018, 11:57 AM
Sata-III is backward compatible to SATA-II and SATA- II is backward compatible to SATA-I.

https://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8142/~/difference-between-sata-i%2C-sata-ii-and-sata-iii

Naughty Nigel
17th September 2018, 01:16 PM
Are all SATA drives backwards compatible?

Yes.

And seeing as I need to write more than ten characters why not take the opportunity of updating to an SSD?

Jim Ford
17th September 2018, 02:00 PM
Yes.

And seeing as I need to write more than ten characters why not take the opportunity of updating to an SSD?

Cost and capacity.

Jim

TimP
17th September 2018, 02:58 PM
Eggs and baskets?

SSD will make a huge difference to performance, should be able to get s 500GB for less than 100. (Last week Ebuyer had a Samsung 500GB for 89)
Got to be worth considering.

wornish
17th September 2018, 03:30 PM
I put this one in my laptop a few weeks ago. It is a different machine it just feels so much faster.


Goods Ordered (prices in GBP)
91.66 x 1 - Samsung 500GB 860 EVO SSD 2.5" SATA 6Gbps 64 Layer 3D V-NAND Solid State Drive (MZ-76E500B/EU)

I bought it here.

https://www.overclockers.co.uk

They are a great company.

TimP
17th September 2018, 03:40 PM
Love their forums too

Jim Ford
17th September 2018, 04:41 PM
You've convinced me - a 500G SSD it is!

Jim

Naughty Nigel
17th September 2018, 07:04 PM
You've convinced me - a 500G SSD it is!

Jim

You won't regret it Jim.

I fitted one to my old i3 laptop about five years ago and it transformed the machine. Battery life will also be better.