My Studio XPS8000 is reporting a C-drive S.M.A.R.T. HDD error; therefore needs to be replaced. The original C drive in this computer is a 1TB Seagate BARRACUDA 7200.12 Model ST31000528AS; interface SATA 3Gbp/s. This drive is not now offered by many sellers because it has been superceded by the newer Seagate ST31000524AS. Specifications for this newer HDD are the same as the older one except its interface is SATA is 6Gbp/s instead of 3Gbp/s.
Seagate states in the manual for the newer ST31000524AS HDD under 'Configuring the drive' that it may not work unless the motherboard or host adapter supports SATA speed autonegotiation. I can find nothing in Dell manuals for the XPS8000 about this capability.
Does anyone know whether the XPS8000 supports SATA speed autonegotiation OR whether a SATA 6Gbp/s HDD will work as its C drive? Has anyone had success using a SATA 6Gbp/s HDD as C drive in a Studio XPS8000?
Thank you for any help resolving this issue!
Thank you for your response, OSPREY4.
I could not be positive that a 1TB SATA 6Gbps HDD would work in a Dell XPS8000 when Dell delivered it with a SATA 3Gbps HDD as C-drive, because the difference in read/write transfer rate is SATA II vs. SATA III. So I wanted to be certain before installing the SATA III HDD as C-drive.
A Dell tech rep assured me this morning via online chat that the XPS8000 does support SATA speed autonegotiation, and therefore the 6Gbps SATA III HDD will work in it. In addition, I was assured that this is true for the Dell XPS8300 as well.
Again, I appreciate your response to my post.
There should be no problem with using pretty much any SATA 6 Gb/s with a SATA 3 Gb/s controller provided the capacity is 2TB or less.
Please post back and let me know if you need more help.