SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) is one of the most common bus interfaces for connecting mass storage devices to a computer system.

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SSD died after BSOD

I was playing a game on Windows 10 when I got a BSoD telling me "Critical process has died", collecting the info took incredible long so I shut the laptop down via ACPI (waited for nearly 20 minutes ...
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How to have SATA drives connected to an Intel RAID controller as removable drives

Hi: we have a Supermicro server with an Intel C600 series controller and we would like to use some of the ports and their disks as removable devices, to allow to copy media from one server to another. ...
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Easist way to connect some SATA HDDs to a network without full PC

I have a few SATA HDDs in my big desktop PC. I store media and stuff on them, and access them from my other PCs over my home network. However, in order to access them, my big PC has to be on, which ...
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is it safe to power off SATA HDD?

I have an internal SATA Harddrive connected to USB through simple SATA to USB cable: ...
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SATA III SSD downward compatible?

I have two questions: I have an old motherboard with SATA I slots. Could I mount and SSD SATA III? Is the hard drive downward compatible with SATA I slot? I wouldn't buy an SSD just to find out the ...
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Computer 'clicking' and HDD's undetected

My homebuilt 2007 Intel Pentium E2180 system is having serious hard drive problems . This is the story ...... So , today , I opened my computer because one of the HDD's installed was not getting ...
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Is there any performance difference between M.2 and 2.5in SSD form factors?

I am currently looking at SSD options for a computer build. I have come across two identical drives that come in a traditional 2.5in laptop hard drive package and a M.2 board. Will there be any ...
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Can I reuse a SSD if I forgot the ATA password?

I want to use the hardware encryption of my Samsung Evo 850 SSD. I understood that I will have to set an ATA password in the BIOS. What happens if I forget the password (apart from the data loss) ? ...
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Hdd(s) not recognized after clean win7 install

Installed x86 version of windows 7 on two different hdd's via USB. After both times of successful installation, I've shut down the computer to enter the BIOS. After I restart my computer doesn't ...
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Connecting Desktop HDD to Laptop via SATA

I would like to connect my desktop HDD into my laptop. It does not need to fit inside, but it needs to be connected via SATA (meaning I do not want to connect a sata to USB adapter) I have removed ...
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How to unlock an ATA-password-locked hard drive?

Something caused my laptop's hard drive to lock itself with an ATA password. Now it asks for a password I don't know when I try to boot the PC. Even the UEFI setup is no longer accessible. It is a ...
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Asus Z-170 Deluxe - is M.2. entirely impractical or I don't understand the specs?

If you scroll down on the page to motherboard picture you will see 4x SATA 6Gb/s and Sata Express slots. Now when I go to manual page - to the section 3.6.8 Onboard Devices Configuration(3-41 next ...
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Get a Win 10 PC, booted with USB (Hirens), to recognize a hard disk. BIos only has AHCI and RAID for SATA options

This question is chained with this answer. I managed to boot a Win 10 PC with Hiren's BCD. But it does not recognize my hard disk (solid state, 256GB, in an ASUS K501U). According to (what I ...
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USB3 to SATA adapter performance?

Does anyone know how well one of these adapters performs? I want to connect a SATA SSD through a USB3 port but I'm afraid that an adapter will reduce the performance significantly... Also is there a ...
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What are the drawbacks of using SAS SFF instead of using direct SATA ports?

I am currently building my own SAN solution for at home. This box will contain around 15 disks. Of course I have a motherboard that does not contain that many SATA connections. So I am looking for a ...
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If I de-soldered a sata male connector off of a motherboard would the board remain functional?

I have an old motherboard that I might use in the future but for a little diy, I was thinking about removing one of the male connectors and soldering it onto a spare sata cable to hook up old hard ...
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New hard drives doesn't start

I built a computer a couple of weeks ago and I have only had a 120GB SSD in it which have worked fine. But yesterday I got two new HDD (Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 64MB 2TB) home. And when i install ...
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Weird issue: Two SATA disks mutually incompatible?

I have a Linux system with three SATA HDs. Two of them seem to be incompatible with each other. I've never heard of that with SATA disks but here it is: One drive is a Western Digital 160 GB disk, ...
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How do I check whether the enclosure failed or the hard drive failed?

I have a spare 500 GB 3.5" internal SATA HDD which I decided to be used as an external HDD. Recently, I bought an 3.5" enclosure (3.5 inch Cavalry EN-CAXM SuperSpeed USB 3.0 enclosure) for this. I am ...
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Using External Harddisk as an internal desktop SATA Harddisk

I have a 2TB Western Digital MyBook Essential External Hard-disk. I wanted to use the Hard-disk as an internal hard-drive for my PC running Linux Mint. So, I dis-assembled it, and took out the SATA ...
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What is PeSATA?

For my computer I am thinking to purchase one of these, which needs two SATA connectors, but I am concerned about not having enough SATA connections on my motherboard (I already have two HDDs and an ...
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Trying to recover failed HDD. With the SATA power cable plugged in to this other computer, it fails to POST.

At first I was having issues with all my hard drives, but I after some tweaking with this test config, all my HDDs work... Except the one I'm trying to recover in the first place. Its a newer one with ...
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Is mixing software RAID disks across SATA and eSATA going to have any issues?

I have two eSATA drives running successfully in a software RAID on CentOS. I would like to make this a three disk mirror RAID by adding the third drive from the internal SATA drive. Are there any ...
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Upgrading my disks to improve access performance

My motherboard is a few years old (USB 2.0, SATA II etc), but before I make a big jump upgrading the mobo, cpu, gpu etc, I'd like to start with just upgrading my hard drives. My SATA drive is ...
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R900 with Discs larger than 4TB

My Hardware Dell PowerEdge R900 with LSI Logic / Symbios Logic MegaRAID SAS 1078 (rev 04) R900 Technical Specifications About Hard Drives it says maximum for 3.5” 2.0TB SATA. This is an older ...
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Will USB2.0 supply power enough for 3.5" HDD?

I've got Toshiba DT01ACA050 500GB HDD. It is specified in HDD as 5v 420mA,12v 420mA.Does this mean i can operate HDD with help of USB to SATA cable??
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Toshiba hard disk write rates don't seem to be ok

I bought every component of my computer independently, I have a Toshiba (500 GB, SATA III) hard disk. Every part of the PC is working fine, also, RAM usage is right and CPU usage is perfect. I was ...
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upgrade controller to SATA 3

my laptop (Dell 5537) has one SATA-3 connection and a SATA-2 DVD reader/writer. I've removed the DVD and placed an extra HDD in its place. So now I have a SSD in SATA-3 port and a HDD in SATA-2 DVD ...
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Mount Phyical Sata HDD to Two VM's at the same time?

I am running proxmox on an HP Proliant ML350 G5. I want to Mount a Physical Sata hard drive to two VM for simultaneous Read/Write. I can add the disk to the VM's but will data corruption or errors ...
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Offline NT Password changer won't recognize the hard drive, which is a SCU device (not SATA), alternatives? [duplicate]

The device is show as following in devices in BIOS: SCU device 1 WDC WD 500... Model is Lenovo ThinkStation S30. What are the alternative software/method? There are several unlock software but I don't ...
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Upgrading to SSD (Intel SSD Pro 1500) in Thinkpad T520 [duplicate]

I have a Thinkpad T520 with Windows 10 installed, it supports SATA III. I found a Intel SSD Pro 1500 for a good price in local craigslist. This SSD is made for business laptops, and the one I found ...
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What does “SATA ESP” (“Set SATA PORT1 to External SATA Port”) do?

I am looking in my Asus motherboard's BIOS setup screen for an option to enable SATA hotplug. I couldn't find such an option, but I did find a set of per-port options labeled “SATA ESP on PORT1” ...
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Beelink I68 8core android tv box

I recently purchased a Beelink I68 8 core media box to run Kodi on but couldn't resist the urge to pry it apart and look inside after noticing in the system settings a dead link for SATA setting, it ...
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HP ProLiant DL180 Gen9 20-pin drive power connector pinout

I bought a HP ProLiant DL180 Gen9 server in 12 LFF (3.5-inch) HDDs configuration. Now I'd like to put two additional 2.5-inch SATA HDDs inside the case to serve as system drives. As a configuration ...
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SMART says my hard drive is okay, but it's randomly respinning. What is happening?

I have a 320GB WD Caviar SATA hard drive on a 2007 desktop machine. Lately it has taken to randomly spinning down and up again during active usage (streaming a video off it, for example: the disk ...
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Has anyone successfully used the new usbstor MaximumTransferLength parameter?

Some time ago, Microsoft added support for specifying the maximum transfer size to the usbstor driver (see KB2581464 at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2581464). I have been unable to actually ...
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Upgrading mSATA or M.2 w/adapter in IDE/PATA Powerbook G4?

this is my first question here: I would like to upgrade my 17" powerbook G4 (running MacOS10.4.11 on 1,5GHz, 2GB RAM, 160 GB HDD (IDE/PATA)) - with, for example, a 250GB mSATA or M.2 (SATA) SDD ...
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Why am I getting more and more ATA bus errors over the time which can be fixed by un- and replugging the HDD caddy?

I have an internal SATA connector and a HDD caddy in my Lenovo IdeaPad Z500-Touch. No matter which HDD (tried 1TB HDD and 2TB HDD) or SSD (Samsung Extreme 256GB) I put in the caddy (I tried two ...
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Powering a SATA HDD using usb y cable

Can i use This Sata and Sata Power To Usb Cable To connect my 60gb fujitsu 2.5" hdd (sata) in a Pc externally where i would connect one usb into PC and another in a samsung mobile charger adapter ...
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Hard Drive Not Showing Up In The Boot Order

Since I try to install VMware on one of my PC, the HDD is not showing up in the boot order but I can see it in the SATA device list. If I try to install Ubuntu Server or Linux Mint, the both OS can ...
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IDE to SATA converter not working. Incompatible or faulty?

I bought this cheap (2$) IDE to SATA adapter, connected it to my IDE hard disk, my sata motherboard and power plug and it does not function. A red light is lit on the little board but it just delays ...
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Which Connecter Is The Correct One

I have a Compaq 5008MT desktop, with the standard hard drive & DVD Drive installed. I purchased a 1 TB Sata drive, and opened it up only to realize, I have a free SATA connecter on the ...
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HDD to SSD file transfer very slow

I'm using Fedora 22 Linux, and just got a brand new Samsung 850EVO 250GB SSD. I'm trying to move some of my files (mostly, my most-used games) from my old HDD to my new SSD but the transfer speed is ...
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Can I use an asus MB with a sata 5-port multiplier?

I have an Asus M5A99FX Pro R.2 and all the available SATA ports are being used. From the user manual of the MB it seems it uses the AMD Chipset 990FX/SB950 (see picture below), yet even after reading ...
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PC (even BIOS) doesn't load, when SATA SDD HDD is plugged

this morning I was working on PC and needed to restart. However, after restart, PC doesn't load. It gets stucked even before bios (on ASUS logo screen). I can't do anything - load BIOS, boot, nothing. ...
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How can I find SATA driver for LG 15U560-KA51K laptop?

I've got a LG laptop 15U560-KA51K which was made in December 2015. Originally Windows 10 was installed, but I'm trying to install Windows 7. I can't find a SATA driver on korean LG website, so I ...
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How to upgrade/change BIOS on VIA VT6421 add-in card (if possible)?

(In fact no duplicate, but meant as a complement of this question: Drivers for VT6421A Controller Card ) While Q935612 was for card drivers, mine is not. My question is OS independent, as I want to ...
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What SATA version do I have?

I wonder what SATA version my laptop uses as I intend to install an SSD and want to choose the most suitable TRIM options in (probably Debian) Linux. The information presented by smartctl is: Model ...
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Many Transition from drive PhyRdy to PhyNRdy causing latencies in Windows 7?

My old Windows 7 pro sp1 laptop is becoming slow. It freezes randomly for between 1 and 3 seconds before displaying a context menu, or when switching between windows. After long searches, I suspect ...
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Cannot run BIOS with any SATA device connected to Mobo

Just built new PC but can't run the BIOS. I remain stuck on the splash screen. I have DVD-RW drive in SATA1, SSD in 2, hard disk in 3. If I disconnect them all from the motherboard then I can ...