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I have a hard drive that appears to be failing. It is a normal SATA based hard disk that I am looking to replace with a Solid State Drive but I have a few questions.

  1. I have a motherboard that is a few years old. It is an ASUS Rampage Formula. I can't find my old manual but I think it is a SATA 3gbps? Is that SATA 2?

  2. It seems that all of the SSD that are on newegg are 2.5". I believe my case only has slots for 3.5" drives. Do they make something that I could put in a 2.5" drive into a 3.5" slot? Any recommendations on that?

  3. If I buy a SATA 3 drive but my motherboard is only SATA 2, will it still work? Does it just "downgrade" the speed to the one below?

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The answers to 1, 2, and 3 are all "yes". As for 4, we don't do product recommendations. – David Schwartz May 7 '12 at 0:30
@DavidSchwartz You should have answered... you still should. – Bon Gart May 7 '12 at 0:38
up vote 5 down vote accepted
  1. Yes. SATA 2.0 is 3Gbit/s
  2. Yes. Newegg has many
  3. Yes. Read the last sentence in this section.
  4. As has been pointed out, SU doesn't do product recommendations. There are multiple sites out there reviewing SSDs. Here is one of them.
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