esata- sata 3 or sata 2?

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what should i plug my esata ports in to sata 3 or sata 2 ports?

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eSATA is auto-negotiating like SATA is, so if you are not using SATA3 compliant external devices it wouldn't hurt to be connected to SATA3 ports, but in reality you will be blocking internal expansion for SSD and upcoming hybrid tech and faster magnetic drives, so I would recommend using the slower SATA2 for external usage.

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yeah i think there's no change except for the link speed... the connector are the same and wire too... The only difference is the interface so if you plan to use a external SSD maybe it's best to plug in a sata3 but if it's only for a hdd sata2 is way enough ;)

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