PATA (Parallel ATA) is better known as IDE. IDE/PATA is the predecessor to SATA in terms of storage device controllers.

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hdparm does not report a Security section

I have a Kingspec PATA SSD that I want to erase the data on using secure_erase, but any attempts to use hdparm results in an Input/output error. # hdparm --security-erase NULL /dev/sda ...
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Can a motherboard detect a WinToUSB installation?

I want to install Windows 8 on a computer that doesn't have USB ports and won't detect CD drives. I detached the IDE hard drive so I can install Windows with WinToUSB using a IDE/SATA USB adapter. ...
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HDD Regenerator won't fix bad sectors

I got pretty new Toshiba 500GB HDD as 2nd HDD(just for data) in my ThinkPad T400. Seller told me, that he just replaced this HDD with SSD in his new laptop. After about month of using I tested this ...
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Can I connect a 3.5" HDD to a laptop using USB 2.0?

Is there any risk to either the hard drive or the laptop if I connect them together using a USB 2.0 to SATA IDE cable? Is there any risk in creating a back-up of the laptop, on the 3.5" SATA HDD with ...
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Windows 8 and IDE drives

The new motherboards do not have IDE connections. I have considered getting an add on card for this but it seems I have read IDE is not supported by Win 8. I have 4 hard drives and four DVD/CD drives ...
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CF Card as IDE Hard Drive

I have an older laptop made in 97 with a Pentium MMX. I have been trying to use a CF card (Transcend 4GB) as an IDE hard drive for 2 days straight and its driving me nuts. I'm basically using a ...
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Attach Zip Drive To Hard Disk Enclosure

I have a 3.5 inch IDE/SATA (it has cables for both) enclosure, an old internal IDE Zip drive and 20 Zip disks. I just want to pull whatever's on them off and store the files somewhere else. I'm not ...
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IDE disk not recognized [on hold]

I've got an old HDD which I want to use as second HDD. However, the IDE disk is not recognized in Windows (or Ubuntu Live using Gparted) What can I do? I'd like the disk to be Fat32. It's a Maxtor ...
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How to enable/switch to AHCI in Windows 7 64 bit on Boot Camp 3 MacBook White 2010

After some research and ploughing through the internet, I know that one can enable/switch to AHCI on a PC using registry involving BIOS (please correct me if I'm wrong). The instructions can be found ...
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Purpose of this IDE cable's attachment box? Is it safe to remove it?

I've got an IDE (PATA) cable which has a small black box attached to it via cable: The box features a set of Molex power connectors and a small connector labeled H.D.D. LED, just like those which ...
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Strange HDD sound with sytem hanging

I have an old computer with three IDE (PATA) hard drives. Sometimes (I still don't know what's causing it) some of them suddenly clicks, creaks and squeaks, system hangs for a second and then ...
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IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapter troubleshooting

I brought two Vantec IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapters, as shown below: It comes with the following items inside: However, I notice a strange situations as follows: I use the 1st set and format a hard ...
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Connect external SATA or PATA drive without USB?

A couple of times each month, a friend or relative will hand me a smoldering computer and ask me to retrieve the data then ditch the drive. I connect the drive to my trusty Frankenputer, copy the ...
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Disk actions are not available for some drive in Disk Management

I have plugged old E-IDE PATA drive into my motherboard and it detected it, unfortunately, Windows only see this drive but can't do anything with it. Why?
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Is there any way to use a 500G 2.5" SATA HDD with a computer with an old i845 chipset? [closed]

I have an old computer lying around that uses the Intel i845 chipset. It is conencted to a 40GB, 5800RPM 3.5" Seagate ST340015A Ultra ATA HDD that recently went kaput. It uses an 80-conductor 40-pin ...
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SATA HDD to IDE Converter. Is there size limit on HDD?

so I have this Macally PHR-100AC FW/USB2 HDD enclosure that uses 3.5 IDE drives. It came with 200GB HDD and since the thing is pretty roomy I'm thinking about reusing it with newer bigger (preferably ...
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Trim on SSD on windows 7 with ide mode

I have an ssd on ide mode in windows 7. (its a clone of the hdd and that was in ide mode). I just turned on ahci mode (after using it 2 months in ide mode) and it works faster. I was wondering if ...
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How to copy files from an old PC to a new PC?

I do apologize if this question has been brought up before. In that case, please refer me to the answer of that other question. I did search for answers but most of them seem to deal with migrations, ...
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Identify if optical drive in my laptop is SATA or PATA in Windows 7

I never thought this will be soo difficult but without opening up my laptop how do I identify if the dvd drive in my laptop is SATA or not. And incase its SATA then is it SATA - II? I am ok with ...
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Master/slave PATA setup not recognized

I have two Seagate barracuda 7200.10 500 GB drives pulled from an old Lacie Big Disk Extreme. I have been using them both in a Dell Dimension 4600 in a master slave configuration, (one by default has ...
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IDE DMA sector numbering

I'm just playing around with the QEMU system emulator, and taking a look at the IDE disk emulation, specifically at the DMA disk accesses. I'm a little confused as to how DMA requests are actually ...
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How do I determine if my controller is in IDE or AHCI mode in Linux?

I have an old MacBook Pro 4,1 (early 2008) - but I suspect an answer would apply to many MacBook Pros. It has an Intel IDE/SATA controller (ICH8M/ICH8M-E). I have installed a patched MBR that is ...
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Windows XP not detecting IDE drive

I'm trying to install another hard drive into an old Dell I use as a server machine. I unplugged the main HDD with the OS, and plugged the secondary HDD into that IDE port, because it had Linux on it ...
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Identifying a small IDE connector

I'm in the possession of the GENE-9455: At the top left corner there is an IDE connector, however, this is not a normal IDE connector, it's a smaller one. I need to find a cable for this connector. ...
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Internal IDE HDD used as external w/ usb adapter and suddenly 2 partitions were gone

I was searching through the internet trying to solve this problem and saw an answer in this site and it looked you really now about this subject. Of all the other webs I checked, this one seemed that ...
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External HDD unrecognized

I have an external IDE harddrive. I plug the USB to the PC, switch on the power and I hear that the HDD is working(no scratch, no shar noise, just a smooth hdd is what I hear). My problem is, that the ...
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Change SATA mode to AHCI and Windows Fails to boot [duplicate]

I installed Windows 7 sp1 x64 in IDE mode but I had to change the SATA mode to AHCI; and now Windows 7 failes to boot; Any idea how to make windows boot again? (without reinstalling Windows)
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Connecting HDD in Dell Inspiron 7000 laptop?

Which side I should connect IDE HDD in Dell CPX/CPI port ? Where should missing pin be ? IMHO I think it should be at bottom, how do you think ? How it looks
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What does the IDE connector labeled PRI IDE on my motherboard do?

So I was looking for an antenna cable in my cellar, when I found some old sweets in a by my old computer in a cardboard box. Two old PATA HDDs, a PATA CD-ROM and some IDE cables. That gave me an idea ...
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Desktop won't boot with two drives

I am trying to startup the computer with two drives; one is connected with SATA(Windows XP, 40G) and the other with IDE(blank, 80G). With just the SATA drive, it boots fine, but when I add the other ...
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SSD internal drive vs. desktop hard drive (with 7200 RPM) - Which is preferable? [closed]

The cost of SSD vs, a normal hard drive is around 4:1 and the for the same the storage capacity is 1:10. Considering that, I don't need storage but only performance and power saving then, which drive ...
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Why is HDD in a DVD-ROM slot slower on Lenovo 3000 laptop?

So I'm about to upgrade my laptop (Lenovo 3000 N100, 0768-49G), got my SATA HDD caddy for the DVD-ROM slot, but whenever I'm putting an HDD or SSD into it, the read speed falls to only 30 MByte/s, ...
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SATA and PATA -> Does it matter which channel something is plugged into?

A long time ago, PATA used a master / slave configuration. If memory serves correct, the best performance could be achieved by only have one drive (master) attached per channel, instead of two (master ...
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Is it possible to use a PATA to SATA adapter in a notebook?

How to update an old notebook with a SATA SSD (that I already have)? I know there are adapters available, but they apparently don't fit in a laptop because the dimensions of the SSD and PATA drive ...
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Recovering drive via boot to Win7 setup command prompt

I am trying to recover data from two old IDE drives. Drive1 has been successful, but something is wrong with Drive2. It does not appear as a drive letter. Due to limited legacy hardware, the only way ...
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IDE to SATA convertor Motherboard Issue

I bought new motherboard Intel DH67GD which has not IDE interface to attach the DVD writer. It has 2 SATA with 6Gb/s, 3 SATA with 3Gb/s and 1 e-SATA with 3GB/s. Mmobo specs link. How can I connect my ...
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Which end of the laptop IDE drive pins does the power connect to?

I have a laptop IDE to desktop IDE adapter, but it isn't obvious which way around to plug the laptop hard disk drive in. Which end does the power go in?
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Any performance issues with a SATA to PATA adapter for a 2nd hard disk for my laptop?

I am considering buying a SATA to PATA HDD Hard Drive caddy adapter for my laptop. That would be something like this one. Should I expect a lower performance when using a SATA HDD with a PATA ...
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Windows 7 AHCI mode

I have installed Windows 7 on drive which was in IDE mode. When I have changed mode to AHCI OS didn't start (I know. AHCI drivers are needed.). Unfortunately when I back to IDE mode, OS still won't ...
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Disadvantages of enabling AHCI after Win7 install

I've formatted my notebook that has a 5400RPM HDD with ~500GB capacity. After installing Windows 7 and about half the drivers (including chipset) I began to doubt whether to go for IDE or AHCI mode ...
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no hard drive detected on compaq presario m2000 (IDE hard disk)

My laptop crashed. At first I thought it was a hard disk problem. I bought a new one but the computer keeps telling me that no hard drive is detected. I have tried to install windows XP SP2/3, ...
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Correct register for offset 0x54 on ICH4M chipset to force fast write speeds on primary slave

I've read this: http://forum.notebookreview.com/hp-business-class-notebooks/352887-hp-2510p-owners-lounge-28.html#post5519419 I'm looking for the same but I got ICH4M not ICH8M. There is 1011 by ...
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PATA HDD to connect using PATA to SATA adaptor, slave settings please?

I have recently taken my grandma's old pc apart, and have salvaged various parts, including the 20 GB Maxtor quantom fireball PATA HDD. I have my current dvd read/writer and hdd setup on the pata ...
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IDE to SATA Connector issue

I have an old computer I'm repurposing into a NAS (with FreeNAS 8) I've got a 4-port Sata RAID card, with 4x2TB sata drives, and a 40GB laptop-sized Sata drive (which originally came out of my PS3) ...
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How to duplicate an IDE drive as a SATA drive

I want to clone my old desktop IDE HDD, which contains legacy software that run on XP, and use old software on my new laptop. My laptop can accommodate SATA HDD only. Booting from USB port is not ...
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SATA ports not working, do I need to update my motherboard BIOS?

SATA HDD not detected during POST, Is there a converter cable for IDE harddrive to be connected in a SATA port on a motherboard?
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How to boot from an IDE Drive on a new Mobo

I currently have a desktop with a mobo that has no IDE slots and i'm trying to boot from an old IDE 32Gb HDD. So i bought myself a PCI Express card that allows the interface and i was able to access ...
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Will installing an Ultra ATA cable backwards affect performance?

I've recently purchased a hard drive upgrade for my Xbox: 320GB WD Caviar Blue WD3200AAJB and StarTech.com Ultra ATA/66/100/133 cable IDE66 (yes I'm crazy). When it came to installing the cable, it ...
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AHCI mode gave me two boot options

Ok so I've had my SSD running for a few months and things were good. Then I read an article about how AHCI was better than IDE. So I switched the mode to AHCI and it wants me to reinstall Windows 7. ...
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Moving Windows to a flash drive

First off, I want to say that this is completely different from other questions about putting the installation files onto flash drives (i.e. Install Windows 7 from USB flash drive and How to install ...