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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Intel RST drivers - magic performance boost (only) up till version 11.2.0?

what's the magic behind the massive write speed performance boost by intel RST drivers up till and including version 11.2.0? i have done some performance measurements of my application that is ...
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Drivers for VT6421A Controller Card

The hard disk controller on my motherboard went out, so I'm trying to install this VT6421A PCI controller card. Unfortunately, I've looked at a couple of posts on SuperUser and other forums, but I ...
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{Fixed in 10162} Windows 10 “media driver missing” on installation

[Update: Fixed in 10162 build] [cross-post from MS Answers community as I doubt they will be able to help me there] [Update: I just tested the Windows8.1 Iso: It works. This seems to be a bug with ...
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Raid drive cannot be detected

Only yesterday I bought two new 2GB Seagate drives and set them up as raid and installed lubuntu. It was working fine and there was no problem but today I made the very bad decision of swapping over ...
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What kind of M.2 logical interface does Plextor M6e SSD apply?

I'm buying a Plextor PX-AG128M6e SSD in hope that it can be used as VMware ESXi 6.0 datastore. And I have checked the Wikipedia M.2 page, who says there are three options available for the logical ...
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Your adaptec controller model [closed]

I have the same motherboard as You: Rampage 4 Extreme. Can You, please, tell me what model of adaptec sata controller do You use. Too much important for me. Thank You!
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LGT-256M6G SSD enclosure/converter for SATA connection

I have this SSD that came from my Lenovo Yoga2 Pro notebook but it doesn't seem to be mSATA, which I originally thought it was. Here's a picture: As said in the title, I just want an enclosure ...
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how do I clone an external drive to import into VirtualBox?

In a Wondows 8.1 installation, I can type the following to create a SATA controller which will pull the contents of a detached hard drive into a VirtualBox Virtual Machine: cd ...
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Cannot mount CentOS 7 partition from external drive using Paragon ExtFS

I downloaded Paragon ExtFS to a Windows 8.1 computer and connected a detached hard drive using an Apricorn SATA Wire USB 3.0. But the Paragon ExtFS gui will not let me mount any of the components of ...
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How many HDD's off 1 Molex? PICOPSU

First question here. I saw some posts about powering 2 HDD's from one molex, but I want to power 3-4 drives. I want to use a single molex and use splitters for the rest of the drives. Below is an ...
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Windows 7 will not start with SSD

I have a Windows 7 Desktop, with a 320GB HDD. I recently found an old SSD in my garage, and out of curiosity tried to connect it to my PC to see if it still worked. After plugging in the SSD to SATA ...
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Can you attach a USB drive to the motherboard with SATA?

I want to attach a USB Drive to my motherboard with SATA. It is a liveUSB with Ubuntu Linux installed, but USB 2.0 is slow... So is there some kind of USB to SATA SATA (PC side interface) to USB ...
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Having trouble recovering data from an older Seagate HD

I am trying to recover files from an older HD (Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500Gb). I am really just hoping to get some family pictures off of it. It was at one time running Windows (I'm not sure which ...
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Windows 8.1 refuses to recognize my extra HDDs

Alright, so I've been trying to install a few extra hard drives since my storage has been getting quite full recently. However, Windows 8.1 will not let me set the disks up for proper use, or do ...
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How can I check whether USB3.0 UASP mode is enabled in Linux?

I have a laptop running Ubuntu 15.04 (3.19.0-21-generic) and an external USB3.0 2.5" SATA HDD enclosure which claims that it supports UASP mode (this model by StarTech). I have no problems mounting ...
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SSD SMART errors and strange dmesg errors, is this a dying disk?

I've started noticing weird things in my dmesg log, and my 4 months old SSD. For example: [ 9.647535] ata7.00: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x7ffffbff SErr 0x300000 action 0x6 frozen [ 9.647542] ...
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What are following sata raid drivers for?

I've been installing raid 1 based server and the first time i did it. I didn't know which one to choose to I chose at random (I think ICH7R/DH one). Everything worked, but disk access times were ...
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HDD on SATA I (1.5 Gbps)

I am planning to buy an SSD for my laptop, but my budget isn't high enough to afford something like a 1 TB SSD; the most I can get on my budget is 240 GB.  So I am planning to go for an SSD, which I ...
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Desmistifiying SATA hotplug

I have a BIOS that has an option to enable hot-plug on individual ports. I have a sliding enclosure for HDD and SSD (nothing more than a pass-trhu to power and a sata port) that allow me to cut power ...
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Unformatted Seagate SATA 3.5" internal hard disk casing to recover data

I used to have a desktop which was running on a 160GB internal hard drive. I moved cities, so I ditched the desktop and took out just my internal to the new place. The disk has Ubuntu 12.04 installed ...
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Dell Optiplex 745 crashes with SSD

I replaced the HDD with an SSD on my Dell Optiplex 745. Every 3 hours or so (it seems), the PC crashes, and reboots, and during reboot, it says there is no SATA device found. If I press ...
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Can I connect a SATA disk on a SAS connector on the motherboard?

I have a motherboard with a lot of SAS connectors. The motherboard manual specifies that: these connectors are for the SAS signal cables for SAS hard disk drives that allows up to 6Gb/s of data ...
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How to reset the Intel SATA controller ROM?

I recently attempted installing Windows Vista in AHCI mode. I suspect that this adventure has somehow rendered the built-in Intel SATA controller inoperable in AHCI mode. I started off with a clean ...
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Speed up PCI SATA controller boot

I have a Conceptronic CSATA600EXI V1, and that thing is REALLY good, but it takes around 10-15 seconds in the BIOS. I've tried to change the connection to only 1 internal SATA and 1 eSATA, but there ...
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What is the actual speed of SATA 3?

Google says it is running at 6Gb/s. The throughput is at 600MB/s. 600MB/s equals 4.8Gb/s. Does this mean that the bandwidth is 6Gb/s but the actual throughput is 4.8Gb/s ?
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Why can't I easily select which SATA drive to boot up into?

I am running a dell dimension 8400 with two SATA hard drives. I have an operating system on each drive, and would like to boot up into whichever one I want. When having both drives plugged in, ...
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Powering 2.5" HDD via SATA but transfer data using USB?

My Mini ITX Motherboard only has 4 SATA ports, so I have ordered some USB header to USB female converters. When they arrive I will have 4 USB 2.0' s inside my case. I know that USB 2.0 will not be ...
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Laptop died after using a SATA/IDE USB hard drive converter

So I think I have done something very bad, I have a HP laptop and wanted to recover some data from some old SATA and IDE drives. I Bought this ...
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BIOS hangs when SATA drive is attached, works with hotplug

The American Megatrends BIOS (latest version as of manufacturer) of a Shuttle XPC SH87R6 hangs at the very beginning (not even showing the CPU type) whenever a WD 3.0TB SATA harddisk is attached. It's ...
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How do I connect a IDE hard disk to a machine that only support SATA

Given that IDE to USB2 converter is not allowed to be use, how do one connect a IDE hard disk to a machine that only support SATA hard disks and have PCI slots only and yet achieve the highest ...
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How to troubleshoot my Bytecc T-300D dual SATA docking station not recognizing 1TB drives

I've a Lenovo laption running Windows 7, Premium Home Edition, 64-bit (service pack 1), and I bought a Bytecc T-300D to help with my data. I have three drives. A 500MB Seagate, 1TB Samsung, and a ...
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Why do I get wildly different file transfer speeds via SATA

Single windows PC, with 4 internal HDD's and one external HDD connected via e-SATA cable. My mobo is the older SATA 3, not SATA 6. I get wildly different file transfer speeds when transferring from ...
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What controls the HDD spindown (power cable or data cable)?

I am looking into putting together 1-2 sata drives on a dedicated board (similar to raspberry PI). I saw that there are some Mini-PCIe to sata adapters but these only contain the data link and the ...
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500GB WDC W50 drive fails to initialize, 100% health, cyclic redudancy error

I need help with a 500GB WDC WD50 00AVDS-63U7B1 hard drive that has a cyclic redundancy check, refuses to initialize and has 100% health according to Hard Disk Sentinel. I've been trying to fix it ...
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Storage reliable measurement standard for sd card, sata hard disk, ssd hard disk

Is there a measurement standard that measure the reliability for the following storage devices: sd card sata hard disk (regardless 2.5 or 3.5 inch) ssd hard disk (regardless 2.5 or 3.5 inch) ...
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Windows 7 ultimate not booting with new 3Tb HDD connected

I just purchased a new Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD as a secondary drive (data storage). For some reason Windows does not boot when this drive is connected and when entering the Bios the drive is not ...
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Sharing a hard drive between two hosts, one at a time

I have a large hard drive in my desktop computer. My laptop has an eSata port. Sometimes, I power-up the desktop PC, without booting, just to get juice flowing into the hard drive so that I can ...
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Replacing my hdd with ssd and placing hdd in odd drive bay

Hey guys i am thinking to upgrade to an ssd by removing my hdd and placing the ssd in place of the hdd and placing the hdd in the odd drive bay using a hdd caddy. Now the problem is that the odd sata ...
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Intel RST turned a disk off

I have an Asus ROG laptop and I got a BSOD while I was working and then after the restart, one of my partitions disappeared. This used to show two disks but it only shows 1 disk and the cd drive. ...
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Gateway computer doesn't provide enough room to add a new harddrive

I opened my Gateway PC (Gateway DX4860-EF22P) to add a hard drive, but I was surprised to discover that the manufacturer did not provide enough room to put the new hard drive. As you can see in the ...
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Could a bad SATA data cable on a DVD drive cause issues with programs that don't access the drive in Windows 8.1?

I had a very strange issue and solution on one of our Windows 8.1 workstations, and I can’t figure out how my solution would have fixed the problem. This is the workstation: Windows 8.1 x64 AMD ...
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Will A PCIe Sata Controller help me circumvent AHCI woes?

I have re-purposed an old machine to be a home server. The first thing I did was install Windows 7 to a spare C300 64gb Sata 3 SSD that I had. I realised after setting up, and updating windows, that ...
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Hard disk drive (SATA) slowed down but SSD still works fine on Windows 7

I currently have two hard drives, one is SSD (in which my OS is installed) and the other a SATA connected hard drive. I recently travelled for a week and left my computer turned on. When I came back ...
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Gateway NV5398U hard drive very slow to respond after upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1

This old but fully functional notebook PC worked as expected with Windows 7, just as fast (or slow, rather) as it was when new. After installing Windows 8.1, the graphics drivers were manually ...
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How can I replace a broken M.2 SSD mounting standoff for my motherboard?

I just bought an ASUS Z97M Plus motherboard. It has an M.2 socket. Here's a pic of the socket: I want to install this M.2 SATA drive: The drive is held in the socket by a screw in a standoff, ...
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Internal to external hdd isn't recognized

My old computer recently broke, so i got all the useable stuff i could get out, that includes the hdd. It's a hdd with a sata cable, so i thought it would be nice to use it as an external harddrive. I ...
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Hard drive (SATA) making trouble when connecting via USB

I have a hard drive from Western Digital (model: WD2500BEVS-75UST0) that is running without visible problems inside my laptop connected with SATA. However, once I connect it with an external case that ...
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Virtualbox switch from SATA to SCSI

I am trying to switch from using a SATA controller to using a SCSI controller (Porting VM to vSphere, no SATA support :( ) I removed the SATA controller, adding the SCSI controller, and connecting ...
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How to check if an attached SSD device is SATA or PCIe on Linux?

I have a machine with both SATA and PCIe SSDs attached. Is there a set of Linux commands (on Ubuntu or CentOS) that I can use to check if a given SSD is SATA or PCIe?
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Why would I choose a SATA SSD over an on-board mSATA SSD and vice versa?

The motherboard I am going to use to build my new computer with has an on-board mSATA port for an SSD. How is this different then a regular SATA SSD? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using ...