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 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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How to ensure compatibility when upgrading hard disks? [duplicate]

I have an ASUS U36SG notebook with a Seagate Momentus ST9750423AS 750 GB hard drive. I want to upgrade my hard drive to a 1 TB SS+HD hybrid drive. What should I keep in mind in terms of compatibility ...
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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 ...
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Low speed on an 850 Pro RAID-0 array

I recently bought two Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs in order to replace an old SSD and build a RAID-0 array on my PC. So, the configuration of the PC is the following: CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU X ...
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Need help to install AHCI driver on Win XP without reinstall

Trying to find solution I came across this LINK here, but encountered lot of pain and questions which are not described. I have Gigabyte MB H61M and did not succeed to work it out. Here is my ...
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Do I need to upgrade my Intel SATA AHCI controller drivers?

I have an ASUS P8P67M Rev 3.0 and a OCZ Vertex II SATA 2 SSD running Windows 7 x64. I will be upgrading the SSD to a Samsung 850 EVO SATA 3. I've read in several sites that in order to get the ...
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Connecting IDE 3.5" to laptop SATA

Hey people I have this hard drive and I would like to connect it to laptop which has SATA connector, I could buy IDE to SATA adapter but what about the power supply?
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Why choose SATA 2 over 3?

Just installing an SSD into an HP Probook 6560b and noticed that Samsung Magician states that the drive is connected with SATA 2. I looked in the BIOS and SATA 2 (3.0gbps) was chosen, rather than SATA ...
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Is it possible to power a SATA drive from an 8-pin PCIe power connector?

I have a Dell Precision T3610 workstation that currently has two 3.5" SATA HDDs installed, and I'd like to add two more 2.5" disks in a hot-swap bay. I have two free SATA ports, but I'm struggling to ...
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Can a loose SATA hard drive disconnect itself because of vibration or shaking?

I have a WD Green 2TB which was working perfect until I've put it in a new case which doesn't use the standard screw system to fix the drives, but instead uses these plastic HDD trays which doesn't ...
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How to know if bad sectors are caused by physical or logical damage? [closed]

Is it possible to know whether bad sectors are caused by physical damage or logical damage on a hard drive?
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Out of Range Error on Monitor (win7)

We've got two PCs with different motherboards, graphic cards, HDDs, etc. PC1: HDD1: Maxtor - SATA - 240 GB - Win XP - Partition Drives C,D,E PC2: HDD2: Samsung - SATA - 500 GB - Win 7 - Partition ...
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2nd internal HDD causes Win XP to Freeze

We've got two PCs with different motherboards, graphic cards, HDDs, etc. PC1: HDD1: Maxtor - SATA - 240 GB - Win XP - Partition Drives C,D,E PC2: HDD2: Samsung - SATA - 500 GB - Win 7 - Partition ...
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HP envy SATA controller

I am trying to install XP on the secondary internal drive on an HP ENVY 17 j122na, I have been told that the driver is called 'intel rapid storage technology' so I copied the driver files onto a ...
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Performance of SSD w/ less RAM vs SATA w/ more RAM [closed]

Time to upgrade to a new development laptop. I'm trying to maximize performance which will include multiple virtual machines and android development. I believe there are 3 issues that will ...
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WD Black drive mounts fine with USB enclosure but with SATA

I am working on a Linux system that a brand new WD Black 1TB drive has been bought for (for use as a secondary/storage drive.) I set the drive up by first connecting to a spare BYTECC Smart Drive USB ...
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3.5" FDD to SATA / USB

Motherboards these days don't tend to have floppy cable/bus pins. It's a bit "old hat" I suppose. I have such a motherboard, but would like to connect an internal floppy drive to it. It's the sort of ...
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What happens if you plug an internal SATA disk into an eSATA port? [duplicate]

What happens if you plug an internal SATA disk into an eSATA port? Assume that the hard drive has been supplied power via SATA power cable and is not an eSATA drive.
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Drives not working after failed factory reset of NAS?

I got an old ReadyNas 1100 that had 4x500GB drives from start. One gave up so there were 3. I thought I should by some upgrade disks and went ahead and bought 2x2TB. Now begin the dream. I just ...
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SSD not detected after 2 days of power off

I have big problem with Plextor SSD M6S 128 MB (firmware 1.07). Last Friday I've shut down my computer and turned off the power strip. Yesterday evening, I tried to turn on the computer. When there ...
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How to format password protected HDD (SATA ?)

What I have tried so far: - Connect SATA/usb adapter but windows couldn't display the drive. - Booting with Ubuntu live but couldn't mount the HDD within SATA/usb adapter. - Direct plug the HDD in ...
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Bench-marking my SSD gives unreasonable number

I have a SAMSUNG 840 EVO SSD (120GB) installed on my laptop. According to the SAMSUNG website, it has 520 MB/s max read and 500 MB/s max write (sequential). I am trying to benchmark it using ...
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Why are my sata 2 drives running in sata 1?

I have a GA-MA785GM-US2H running version F7 of bios if that matters and for some reason my sata 2 (actually sata 3 capable)drives are running at sata 1 speeds. This is confirmed in the boot sequence ...
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Sata Power Connection Broken Off but Pins are ok

So, that crappy plastic connector holder on my hard drive broke off while I was moving drives around. Does anyone have any suggestion on a work around, I've tried crazy gluing a Sata Power plug to ...
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Downloading Large Files Causing BSOD (Marvell 9230 SATA Ports Suspected)

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit ASUS P8Z77-V Premium motherboard The ASUS motherboard has 4 Marvell 9230 SATA ports which seem to be causing BSODs. When downloading large files (defined roughly as ...
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Win7 install keeps saying it needs drivers for the SATA controller, even after it finds the drives

I'm trying to reinstall Windows 7x64 Pro on an HP z620 workstation. I have a USB drive created for it, and when booted to it, the Win installer tells me that I need to install drivers for the SATA ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 not detecting my disks on boot

After successfully booting and running an installation from a Ubuntu Live USB, I can’t boot the new system. The initramfs /dev directory is never populated with sda and sdb, my disks. They don’t ...
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Find whether a SATA port is available from within Windows 7

A relative has a faulty DVD drive connected by a PATA connector to the motherboard of his computer. Since most new DVD drives are SATA, I wonder how can I tell if I would be able to connect a new SATA ...
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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 won’t start up Windows directly from Intel 335 SSD [duplicate]

I recently got a Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 (14 inch) laptop and want to install an SSD (Intel 335 series 240gb SSD) from my old machine. So, right now, whenever I start it, it takes me to a menu where ...
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Two SATA-3 vs four SATA-2 SSD drives in RAID 0 [closed]

I have a relatively old motherboard (msi BIG BANG-XPOWER) that has 8 SATA ports, 6 of which are SATA-2 and 2 of which are SATA-3 and I'm thinking of creating a RAID-0 array of two or four SSD drives. ...
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How to use FDE SATA drive with USB cable

I have a Seagate Momentus FDE (full disk encryption) drive. It works fine in my laptop - after I enter the password. I would like to use this drive with a USB/SATA cable (like this). However, there ...
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How do I find out if I have SATA 2 or SATA 3?

I need to upgrade a Dell Inspiron 5520 mid 12 laptop with a Samsung 850 pro SSD. How do I check whether my laptop with a 3rd gen i7 processor has SATA 2 or SATA 3?
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Two SATA hard drives on one SATA channel [closed]

If you connect two SATA hard drives to one physical SATA port using SATA splitter cable, what BIOS will display under that SATA port? How can such splitter cables work? SATA is designed in the way ...
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SATA Connector Stress Impact on Reliability [closed]

As we fill up a mid-tower case with more drives, the SATA cables get rather tricky to get in a position so that they enter the connection near perfectly aligned so as to not put any stress on the SATA ...
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Install W7 on netbook Asus R103BA

I have a netbook ASUS R103BA and it came with W8 and I don't want it. I want W7 and I'm not able to install, since my W7 cd do not recognize the hard drive, it says i must look for the drivers and ...
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What kind of cables does one use to connect SAS expanders?

I have recently purchased an expensive hard-drive controller. This question is about the cable that came with it; Two of the connectors fit into a regular hard drive of the SATA (and SAS) standard. ...
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Slow data transfer between two SATA III HDDs

Is 30 MBps (30 megabytes/sec) an acceptable data transfer speed for SATA III to SATA II copy? I'm copying data off one HDD into another. Both HDDs are Seagate ST3000DM001, one from 2012 and other ...
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Hard Drive Ultra DMA CRC Error Count

I've read every single question related to this topic and really haven't gotten any answers. These suggestions: Try different cable. Look if cable connector is connected good with connector on ...
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How Do I Get My Seagate Harddrive To Show Up In SeaTools Using A USB To SATA Adaptor

Application Being Used: SeaTools For Windows Hard Drive Model: ST320005 42AS Interface: USB-To-SATA Adaptor I keep running into an issue when trying to use SeaTools from Seagate. I have a USB to ...
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Reboot causes DegradedArray event on Raspberry Pi

I tried to setup a RAID1 with two external SATA drives connected over USB to my Raspberry Pi (Model B+ running Raspbian Wheezy). The disks are both new Western Digital WD20EZRX drives with 2TB ...