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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SATA hot swap (AHCI mode), unplug data or power cable first?

How to hotswap Sata HDDs? After I choose 'Safely remove hardware' -> 'Eject WDC xxxxx ATA Device' what should I do? I've read this: 1-For unplugging I should unplug the data cable first then the power ...
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Is it possible to configure a Sata RAID Controller without RAID

I have a 6 port SATA RAID card (taken out of an HP ML150 G2 server). What i want to do is connect the Sata Hard Drives that i have to this card without formatting or loosing any data on the hard ...
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nvstor.sys blue screen on booting computer after hibernation

I have a problem on Windows 8.1 Pro where nvstor.sys causes a blue screen when I boot up from a hibernation. This also applies to fast startup which is a form of hibernation. I know that nvstor is an ...
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Dell Latitude E5430 with PR03X Dock not recoginizing ext HD through eSATA port.

Well I have a Samsung HD103SIf TB drive that originally came in an ext usb caddy. I used it with an older Dell Laptop running Windows XP, worked fine til one day it would not power on. Long/short, I ...
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Ultra ATA to SATA adapters [on hold]

I have an old HP HW6000 dual xeon processor workstation with 4GB of slow DDR 233 RAM running windows XP Pro. Lately my 500GB ATA 133 HD (16MB Cache) has been showing signs of dying, but chkdsk has ...
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Laptop not booting if sata controller set to AHCI

I have Toshiba Satellite C660 Tried to install Windows7 by selecting Sata controller as AHCI I got this message Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computers hardware may not support ...
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How do I know if my MacBook Pro supports SATA III?

I have a MacBook Pro that I bought around 2011. How do I know what level of SATA the internal hard drive interface supports? This is the About This Mac: And this is what the SATA section of the ...
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How to identify what type of SATA drive my laptop can take?

I have a 2011ish MacBook Pro. I want to upgrade its hard drive, but I am having trouble identifying: What would be compatible my laptop. For instance, this SSD is SATA III. How do I find out if my ...
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eSATA and SATA III

I currently have a SATA to eSATA adapter on a system with SATA II, but I'm going to be upgrading to a system with SATA III ports on the motherboard. What I'm wondering is, if I connect the same ...
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Installing CentOS 6 on Asus M3N78-EM using CentOS software raid / LVM

I have an Asus M3N78-EM motherboard with 3 WD 250GB drives connected to SATA ports 1-3. The BIOS currently is setup to see the drives as AHCI instead of raid due to the controller driver not being ...
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SATA external hdd is detected as a removable drive and asks “please insert a disk”

I have external SATA hdd of Samsung 200GB. When i try to connect it to my PC, it's being recognized as a removable Disk and when I click on it, a message of "Please insert a disk to the drive" pops. ...
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Installing ssd in 27 inch 2011 iMac

I want to replace my SSD with the HDD inside my iMac and then move the HDD to the optical drive. Is this possible? I have read that I can install my SSD where the optical drive is, but I'm wondering ...
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Is there a SATA cable which can connect to multiple disks?

I have a motherboard with just few SATA slots but have to put quite few hard disks in the box, so naturally I easily ran out of free slots. I wonder if there are forked cables (I have no idea what ...
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Device for easy hard disk imaging

I am looking for a device of which I don't know how it should be called. The current situation is that we provide computer services and often have to take disk images of hard disks before doing ...
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Does it make sense to install a SATA3 SSD in a notebook with SATA2?

I have a notebook with SATA2 interface. Most of the SSD drives have SATA3 and performance about 500 MBps (while SATA2 handles up to 300 MBps). Does it mean it makes little sense to install an SSD ...
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ECS Elitegroup KV2 lite 1.0 Motherboard doesn't detect SATA drive and takes forever to load BIOS

my problem is as follows: I was connecting a (bootable) SATA hard drive to the 'ECS Elitegroup KV 2 lite 1.0' in my friends rig, which already had two IDE hard drives (one with bootable Windows XP) ...
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SSD connected through usb3 / sata

Is there performance difference for ssd drive connected through usb3 or sata? Im need to use ssd as external drive (usb3) and like to know if there is some performance overhead using adapter... ...
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Remove Backup Drive, Windows 7 Fails to Boot?

I have 3 drives, 1 SSD (Letter E primary OS) and 2 backup SATA drives (C and D). In BIOS when I disable either or both of the SATA drives, the computer will fail to start. From what I have read, it ...
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HDD sometimes not recognised by BIOS during boot-up, not always

I have recently built a new machine with Intel G2030 4GB RAM and Asus H61-M-K mobo. I am using a 160 GB HDD (Seagate) from an old Core2 Duo machine. In the old machine, the BIOS sometimes would not ...
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How to define a height of optical drive of my laptop?

I have a eMachines E732G-382G32Mnkk. I want to install SSD instead of DVD-RW (MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8A0AS). I need a optical bay drive, but there are two heights for optical bay drives – 9.5mm and 12mm. ...
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Gray stop sign error when installing OS X Mavericks with Unibeast on a hackintosh

The Specs: cpu: i7 2600K (1155 LGA) mobo: Z68A-D3H-B3 ram: 6Gb Corsair Dominator (DDR2 or 3 I think, don't imagine that matters) disks: 2 SSD's, 1 HDD - SSDs have Windows 8 and Linux Mint ...
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ODD Drive detected as hard drive in USB to SATA

Obviously I have been using a USB2SATA cable to connect my unused iHAS drive to my computer. (No SATA ports left). The computer lists the device as a "bridge" instead of the real device as the seller ...
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Configuring RAID on Intel DX58SO CTRL+I does not enter RAID Config Utility

I have two 3TB HDD plugged into SATA 0 and SATA 1. I configured the drives for RAID in the BIOS and now when I boot I see the RAID config screen. The screen lists all my drives as it should and says ...
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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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How do you auto mount hot swappable sata drives based on what sata port it is attached to?

I'm looking to auto mount hot swappable sata hdd's. There are multiple drives so identifying them via their UUID's is out of the question. I've searched but can't find a suitable option. The ...
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Dangers of using external power source with internal hard drive

Is it okay to connect a internal hard drive (IDE/SATA/SCSI) to an internal controller (e.g. on-board the motherboard) and supply the power via another power supply or an external unit like the one ...
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EXfat perfomance on harddrive

In windows administration tools, I can choose to format a internal hard drive as exfat. Harddrive is WDC WD10JPVX 1 TB model Should I use EXfat on a SATA hard drive?
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Is my MacBook Pro 2012's Hard Drive SATA Cable broken?

I dropped my backpack from my bed few weeks ago and my MacBook was in it. At first it wouldn't boot up at all, but I managed to boot it up using internet recovery. I checked issues with the drive and ...
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SATA 3 PCIe Controller working with decreased performance (slower than SATA 2)

After reading this question about maxing out an SSD I decided to do so myself. My mobo only supports SATA 2 and has two PCIe 2.0 x1 connectors (which promiss up to 500 mb/s). So after some searching ...
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what is the fastest way to copy all data to a new larger hard drive?

I was certain this would have been covered before, but I cannot find an answer amongst all the almost-duplicates that come up; sorry if I've missed something obvious. I have a full 320gb disk inside ...
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Software RAID 1 Configuration

I have created a software RAID 1 quite some while ago and it always seemed to work for me. However I am not completely sure that I have configured everything right and do not have the experience to ...
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Does it matter where I put my second hard drive?

I have a Lenovo G580 (model 20150), and in addition to the built-in HDD (2.5", 1 TB, Serial ATA 2 (3Gb/s), 5400 rpm, 9.5mm) I want to add a SSD (2.5", 120GB, 256MB Cache, SATA III). It looks like ...
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SATA Switch Drive

So I recently acquired an SATA Switch Drive ... http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Switch-Controller-Orico-HD-PW6101/dp/B005NVV2GC Now the problem I'm wondering is that is not compatible with the SATA ...
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Is it worth having SATA 6GB/s cables? [duplicate]

I've just received some SATA 3 6GB/s cables that I ordered last week, and it struck me how ordinary they look when compared to normal standard SATA cables. My PCI-E SATA3 card is yet to arrive. My ...
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Clone a hard drive with ubuntu live?

My desktop hard drive is failing and I have to clone windows 8 and all my files asap! Was thinking that I could boot into ubuntu live and copy my failing drive to an external drive then swap it out ...
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Can SATA be used to connect computers?

Can SATA be used to connect two computers together, just like a crossover Ethernet cable would do ? I know SATA has no "networking" features and even though a controller may have multiple ports, the ...
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Which external 2.5 inch usb drives contain actual SATA drives? [closed]

I know many of the modern external USB 2.5 inch drives do not contain a SATA drive inside, for instance see this YouTube video about disassembling a 2TB Western Digital My Passport drive. However ...
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Hotswap not working

I have a hotswap bay connected to SATA port 4 on my P5QL motherboard. Normally everything worked nice. But today I noticed that the hotswapping does not work any more. When the HDD drive is in at ...
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Hitachi HDD PCB ROM Replacement (firmware)

I've put a 24V adapter on a 12V HDD. Now the PCB is broken (HDD does not spin up anymore.). I'm very lucky and found a HDD with the exact same PCB. I've been searching on the internet and found that ...
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Do SSDs have to have AHCI to maximize performance?

After my last post concerning my motherboard's RAID, I'm considering purchasing an additional dedicated RAID controller, but I have a few concerns about what to buy, because I'm facing yet another ...
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Laptop harddrive sata connection seems to be broken

About a week ago, I dropped my laptop. It seemed fine at first, but crashed the next day, twice the day after, and wouldn't boot after the third crash. I replaced the hard disk drive in the laptop ...
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No hard drive detected during Debian installation

I'm having problem in installing debian 7.5.0 on Supermicro server running on raid 1 whereby the hard drive is not detected. This server is running 2x 600GB hdd and i'm using DVD images of ...
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Is there any limit on how many SATA power connectors i can extend

I am running out of SATA power connector from my PS unit. I have ordered One SATA to 2 SATA extender connector from ebay I want to know that how many max i can join them in series. Can i make 4 ...
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How can I join the big chasis with SATA drives to computer

I am planning to order this chasis with 20 SATA Drives It has only chasis and powersupply. How am I supposed to use this. As I have understood I need to add motherboard to the chasis and make it as ...
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How can I add 4TB SATA disk to motherboard without formatting ?

I had a 4TB seagate USB3.0 hard drive with data. I took the case out and got the internal SATA drive from that case. Then I joined it to my Intel D975XBX2 motherboard with SATA cables, but the ...
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How can i build home SAN with SATA drives only

In my home i have 5 user using different computers and we have one server with vmware Esxi on it to use for virtual machines The problem i am having is storage i have desktop where i have stored 7 ...
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How to access Windows 7 inactive Drive

One of my very important drives become inactive. I have to make it active in order to use it again. I use Windows 7 Disc Management Tools to assign drive letter and make it active. I can see the drive ...
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SATA Devices not showing up when in UEFI mode

I'm trying to install Windows and the bios should be set to UEFI mode. The problem is that all SATA devices aren't showing up (shows as if there aren't any) so I can't boot from the installation CD ...
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Lost password of sata disk

a customer of me lost his password of a secured sata disk (Seagate). I read that SATA has a security extension which disables the disk by the controller after some wrong attempts. I also read that ...
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What card i need to attach SATA drives to server

I have IBM System x3650 M2 and it has only SAS drives attached It has 7 PCI-e empty slots. I want to know what type of card i need which i can put in PCI-E so that i can join 2 SATA drives of higher ...