I have an old Dell Dimension XPS that has a 200GB EIDE Internal hard drive. (WDC WD2000JB). It has recently crashed and I would like to get a new hard drive. The motherboard has 2 SATA ports also. I would like to upgrade to use 2 independent SATA hard drives (non-RAID). All it says in the manual is that there are 2 SATA ports. It doesn't give any specs. Are there any limitations on motor speed, transfer rate, size (capacity/cache) that would maybe not work with these SATA ports? Like maybe the SATA port only supports certain types of SATA hard drives? What would be some bottlenecks to look for?
id seccond that advise from rdunnill ,itll be backward compatible ,,my gx270 was supplied with ide but theres 2 sata ports on the mb. i just ordered a sata2 Drive and a cable i ordered sata2 but they sent sata3 no worries as its backward compatible ,,only thing i found was id have been better with get a cable witha rightangle sata cable for the mb due to the 2 ports laying flat at the front of the mb