INFO: What is Serial ATA (SATA)?
|An example of SATA ports on a motherboard.|
|An example of a right-angle SATA data cable.|
There are currently three versions of SATA which are all compatible with one another. The first SATA interface was SATAI, also known as SATA 1.5 because of its 1.5 Gb/s transfer rate. The second was SATA II, also known as SATA 3.0 because of its 3.0 Gb/s transfer rate. The latest is SATA III, also known as SATA 6.0 because of its 6.0 Gb/s transfer rate.
|An example of the SATA power connector.|
Serial ATA also uses a power connection that is different than IDE/EIDE. The Serial ATA connection allows a smart, power-saving connection to the power supply.
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