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Why do some PCI SATA HBA cards always fail to detect optical drives on the SATA port?

I just cannot be the only one who has experienced that. As a matter of fact, in analogy to women known to grow large collections of jewelry or shoes (or even both), I have quite a decent collection of ...
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Disk I/O controller performance

I am building an home server with an old HP media center m8125x (link for all specs : ...
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How do I migrate a single drive (no RAID) running under RAID controller, to AHCI mode without losing the GPT partition on it?

I have a 3 TB drive formatted with the GPT partition style. I use it for data on my Windows 7 PC. I've made the drive accessible via the mount point D: My motherboard's HDD controller mode has been ...
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i/o Bus Standards & Device Controllers

I'm really confused about bus standards like ide,ata,sata,pci etc. I have just read this article :When a disk read or disk write occurs, where does the data go? So if we talk about hard disk drive; ...
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SSD stopped working suddenly. Any chance of data recovery?

I have been using a Corsair Force 3 (120GB) SSD since last 1.5 years. Yesterday, the laptop freezed suddenly and I had to hard reset it. Then it refused to boot as if no HDD was installed. This has ...
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What is the total SATA bandwidth of the Intel Z68 chipset?

Take a look at this page for the Intel Z68 chipset: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/chipsets/mainstream-chipsets/z68-express-chipset.html In the diagram, the line connecting the chipset to the ...
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creating new raid 5 volume

I recently purchased and installed a HighPoint HIRR2640X4SG RAID Controller card. I installed three 2 TB hard drives, and created the array: I booted and went into Disk Management in WHS 2011. I ...
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Windows XP Repair Install BSOD After changing Virtual HDD Controller

I vm'ed an old windows XP installation using VirtualBox and it runs/ran fine after the normal ritual of performing a repair install. I noticed VirtualBox by default set my hard drive controller to ...
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Can I put any sized hard disk into an enclosure from 2005?

I have a 300 gig Maxtor One Touch II external USB II harddrive from about 2005 which has recently failed, and I have successfully put an older, smaller disk in there to make sure that it is the disk ...
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Which drive is \Device\Harddisk1\DR1?

While I was trying to find out why the main disk is performing a form of unexpained "thrashing"(while there was no RAM issue), freezing up apps temporarily, I found a relevant error in the logs: ...
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Wndows IDE port error

I am getting the following error in Windows 7 log: Event 11, atapi: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort2. How can I find out which controller and drive that corresponds ...
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Which disk is \Devide\HarddiskX\drX?

I'm randomly getting errors in the System Log about a "Controller error on \Device\Harddisk3\DR3"; this may be of course a driver error, a NTFS error, or, more seriously, a failing disk. But I have ...
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RAID Controller Questions

I have a P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard and two 500GB 7200rpm hard drives that I used to have in a RAID0 configuration using the Z68 bios level raid. However, I've run into trouble in the past trying to ...
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Is it possible to detect the previous byte position on a hard drive after it has been overwritten?

I keep hearing about these statements that "a hard drive is like a cassette tape because it is a magnetic medium". That got me thinking... Back in the day when I used to play DJ as a young lad, I ...
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Tool to retrieve information about which hard-disk is connected to which disk-controller (Windows)?

When servicing servers I often find lots of various disks connected to several HD-controllers. To find and replace a specific disk in a server filled with disks often becomes rather tedious. So the ...
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When a disk read or disk write occurs, where does the data go?

I understand that there is such a thing as a disk controller which contains a buffer, but was wondering if the CPU reads directly from this buffer, or whether the data must first go to a specific ...
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Intermittent high disk response times

My computer has started to pause and frequently crash. When I say pause, I don't mean everything freezes, as parts of the user interface and some programs are still responsive. My processor load is ...
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Disk corrupting over and over

I have re-installed windows, both the Vista Home Premium x86 that came on it and Win7 Pro x64. I am using Gateway GT5674 with an AMD Phenom quad core CPU. Everything is stock except the GeForce GT ...
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Can 97 reallocated sectors (stable for months) cause freezes on the system via disk read/write delays?

I heard that reallocated sectors reported in S.M.A.R.T. data can cause delays in operation; is it true? I get freezes (temporarily) of videos and games for seconds while the hard drive led appears to ...
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Is it safe to switch between disk controllers

I have both Windows XP and Windows 7 installed on my laptop. XP needs the IDE disk controller. While 7 needs AHCI. I have to switch between these 2 modes before I could use one of them. Does it have ...