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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Is ATA the same as IDE/PATA or SATA?

I was taking a look at a HDD and I found a document (from Toshiba, link: 2.5-Inch SATA HDD mq01abdxxx) that says: Drive interface: Serial ATA, Revision 2.6 / ATA-8 I know that SATA uses SATA ...
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Separating two hard drives (physically? SATA-Switch, Pulling Cords, ..) [on hold]

I need a recommendation regarding the (maybe physical) separation of a production environment (first OS on a sata hard drive) from another (second OS on a sata-hdd) - a bonus would be, If the first ...
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Sata HDD spins for half a second and stops

I'm trying to plug a 1TB Sata HDD. I already have a 500GB one. However, the SO (Win7) doesn't detect it, neither does the bios. I tried switching SATA ports with the older HDD and with a DVD Drive, ...
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How can I determine which of SATA I/II/III a motherboard supports? [on hold]

I am upgrading several computers at a time, pairing them with corresponding HDDs. I am looking for a way to determine which SATA version each motherboard supports. Manufacturer documentation does ...
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SSD is very slow on PC

Yesterday I installed Samsung 850 EVO ssd in the place where HDD was installed on my HP Pavilion Dv6t 6c19tx. Then I installed fresh Windows 10 pro on it and everything went smooth. I didn't notice ...
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SATA III PCI-E controller card hangs installers / live CD

This is a long shot, but figured I'd ask here to see if anyone has a solution to my problem. I was wanting to put together an inexpensive file server, so I picked up an ECS motherboard that has an on ...
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is there a “safe” way of splitting (molex to) sata power? [closed]

Fires resulting from molex-to-sata and molex-to-dual-sata-splitter power cables are a well known phenomenon. My question is: is there such thing as a "safe" splitter cable, or alternative method of ...
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GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 or GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 (2x M.2 NVMe) + SATA

I have been considering building a new system with dual Samsung 950 NVMe SSDs and I am slightly confused about how the firmware on GIGABYTE supports this setup. Reading the manual for the Gaming ...
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Hybrid laptop - external USB HDD

I have a laptop with an SDD and with a free HDD slot. I also regularly use a desktop computer with its own HDD. However I have maybe an strange setup where to fully use this 2 computers an external ...
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Seagate STSHX-M401TCB(M) SATA interface

I'd wish to upgrade my laptop's internal drive, and put the original one in an external enclosure to use it via USB. I could buy an 2.5" HDD and a 2.5" tray separately to accomplish this. However, ...
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Performance impact of SATA II over SATA III for ZFS?

I have a bunch of WD RE4 disks I got from a place that I worked. The drives are 3Gbps SATA II interface. I was going to use them in a server I am building for myself to act as a NAS / SAN for my ...
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HDD not booting over SATA, only over USB

So today I finally restarted my computer after something like 20 days and upon booting it just froze on the Lenovo starting screen. Upon trying to fix the problem, I discovered that unplugging my ...
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Mechanical harddisk defect causing system troubles - SATA

So I hope this question won't get mark as too broad, as I really want to get familiar with the deeper related issues. Background: A friend of mine has troubles with a broken system harddisk, after ...
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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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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 ...