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I installed my OS on my sata 3 drive on a sata 3 port. If I wanted to move it to a sata 2 port will I have to re install Windows or can I just move it? Anyone done this before?

Windows 7
P6X58D Premium MB

asked Jun 08 '12 at 14:17

IamTechCrazy's gravatar image


I have not done it before, but as long as the bios is set to boot from that drive, you should be fine.

answered Jun 08 '12 at 15:39

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It should work fine, but you may want to make sure that both ports are on the same controller.

Also, may I ask, why?

answered Jun 08 '12 at 19:23

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Tim Fontana

Different controllers. That's why I'm wondering. Sata 3 is Marvell and sata 2 is intel. Better performance on Intel.

(Jun 09 '12 at 23:30) IamTechCrazy IamTechCrazy's gravatar image

Sata3 is better than any Sata2.....

(Jun 09 '12 at 23:43) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

Not really. The Marvell 91xx sata 3 controller doesn't perform as well as the Intel ICH10R controller on this board. There are many forums where this is discussed at length.

(Jun 09 '12 at 23:52) IamTechCrazy IamTechCrazy's gravatar image

You can move the drive between ports and controllers, as long as the drivers are installed before hand. (this can be done be enabling the other controller and booting into windows then installing the drivers, then shutting the system down and moving the drive over)

answered Jun 10 '12 at 13:15

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