ATA is the primary way that mass storage devices are internally attached to PCs.

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Ultra ATA to SATA adapters [closed]

I have an old HP HW6000 dual xeon processor workstation with 4GB of slow DDR 233 RAM running windows XP Pro. Lately my 500GB ATA 133 HD (16MB Cache) has been showing signs of dying, but chkdsk has ...
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Seatools fatal error at when reaching ATA step

I have a ST9500325AS Seagate HDD in my Lenovo laptop. I tried using two HDD tools for educational purposes; ATAPW and MHDD, and I tried to be very careful in my approach. I first opened MHDD.exe via ...
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What are the differences between Host Protected Area (HPA), Device Configuration Overlay (DCO), and service area of a HDD/SDD?

I'm confused about the differences between the Host Protected Area (HPA), Device Configuration Overlay (DCO), and the service area of a HDD or SSD. From what I gather on the wiki pages, disks can have ...
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Connect a ssd externally such that hdparm is fully supported

I am just trying some hdparm magic with my new ssd (samsung 840 pro). However I don't want to change my drive over and over so it would be great if I could connect it externally to my laptop. I have ...
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PIO mode to DMA mode in Windows 7 in command line or script

My DVD drive falls to PIO mode from DMA mode. I would like to have a script or command line command to reset back to DMA mode in Windows 7 systems. I know the way to do this in windows XP. Even a VB ...
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How do hdparm's -S and -B options interact?

These two options seem confusing. For example: according to the man page -B 254 "does not permit spin-down". However, testing with -B 254 -S 1 the drive does spin down after 5 seconds. -B ...
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ata1:comreset failed (errno=-32) error while booting brand new computer

I try to install fedora to a new desktop computer I have but I am getting ata1:comreset failed (errno=-32) error while starting fedora installation. After a long while it stars with the installation ...
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Adding Serial ATA driver Windows 7 clean install for Dell Inspiron n5110

I want to try format my Dell notebook with Windows 7 Ultimate. But my ISO pack doesn't have any HDD driver in it. When I come to step 2 for installing Windows 7 the system says "You should have to ...
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Remove Unknown ATA User Password

On a Hitachi 2.5" disk, is there a way to remove an unknown ATA user password? I have access to MHDD, atapwd, etc, but there's not much I can do without actually knowing the password. Erasing the disk ...
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Dell Inspiron 1440 Hard Drive Replacement [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are laptop hard drives fairly generic, or do I need to be careful to get the right one for my computer model? I'm outdated 15 years regarding hardware support, so I need ...
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Connecting an ATA disk into an e-SATA input?

I´ve build a new PC and wanted to add my older disks to it (they are not SATA, but ATA). Is there a way to add them as an external drive using the external e-sata input that I have in my case? Thanks! ...
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Why is “hdparm -w” considered dangerous?

I have an old disk that often gets stuck in some form of loop, and often I need to perform a full reboot to get it "unstuck", whereupon I had found out about the hdparm -w command. However, its ...
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Installing USB to ATA/Atapi bridge driver

I am using Windows XP 64 bit version on Lenovo W520. I am trying to install my devices, I plugged a USB cable that is linked to a SATA interface (to copy from old sata HDD) and when I plug the USB ...
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ATA controller on SATA hard disk

I have a small ATA disk, a big SATA disk, and an old computer that supports only ATA. Can I unscrew the ATA controller from the disk and attach it to the other disk?
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Removing the ATA master password

I was playing around with the ATA security erase on my SSD using hdparm, and I noticed that it works with both user and master passwords. However, I also noticed that invoking a security erase removed ...
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What's the difference between ATA, PATA, and IDE?

If I am not mistaken these names all referrer to the same technology. Are there any differences between them? If not, why does this technology go by so many different names?
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Can I replace an ATA 2.5“ HDD with a SATA 2.5” HDD in a laptop?

Are there any connectors available that would allow me to replace an ATA 2.5" hard drive with a SATA 2.5" hard drive in a laptop? Needless to say, it must be slim enough to fit. I am aware that it ...
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Check HDD connection mode (SATA or ATA)

Is it possible under Windows 7 to check whether a particular disk is recognized by Windows as SATA or ATA? I've installed Windows 7 on an old HP laptop with SATA drive. Laptop's hdd in Device Manager ...
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ATA Security (Disk Password) support by Intel P67 chipset motherboards?

I've posted a question about securing data on a HDD, but I believe I won't get much answers, so I'm going on my own idea, that is to use ATA Security feature now present on most drives. My need is to ...
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How to use ATA security on a hard disk in practice?

My SSD HD supports ATA Security. Does Macbook EFI and linux support it? I know hdparm does. Who will do the unlock at each bootup? Can I still set a password without erasing the disk? Update: removed ...
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SATA and ATA as master

Can I have both SATA and ATA as master? If Yes which one is first for booting ?