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SATA III Hard Drive Upgrade for Project Lil Fusion


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SATA III drives are close to the same price as SATA II drives so if you have a motherboard that supports SATA III now might be the time to upgrade hard drives! Check out this short article on upgrading to the next SATA spec!

WD Caviar Blue

I recently did a build for my test bench called Project Lil’ Fusion – Code name Zacate Light and used a standard SATA II drive for the build.

SATA III Hard Drive Upgrade for Project Lil Fusion

With drive prices falling so quickly I thought it was a good time to step up to a SATA III drive for the Lil Fusion box. The Zacate motherboard by MSI has four SATA III connections and I wanted to take advantage of the speed. Newegg had a sale so I decided to go for a SATA III WD drive.

WD Caviar Blue

The full drive Spec sheet can be found at:

WD Caviar Blue

The drive was only $5 more than the SATA II version.SATA III Hard Drive Upgrade for Project Lil Fusion

Before I replaced the drive I wanted to get numbers on the existing DeskStar SATA II drive. The numbers were in the mid 60s and as expected. In addition, I timed the boot and it was 60 seconds from pressing the button to the Windows desktop.

SATA III Hard Drive Upgrade for Project Lil Fusion

It was then time to disconnect the power and all of the cables and then remove the motherboard.SATA III Hard Drive Upgrade for Project Lil Fusion

Timothy Daleo
Timothy Daleo is a Project Resource Analyst and Oracle Applications Trainer in Pasadena, California. In addition to financial analysis, Tim has been developing training materials since 2003 and supporting direct projects through various auxiliary databases since 2005.


  1. That is a great improvement over the old drive. However I am getting the same speeds with the new Samsung 2tb drives, about 130mb/sec read and write and they are only SATA II. Are the Samsung’s so good because they are advanced format drives?


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