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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Bootable RAID1 instead of extra SATA drive

Here's the deal as a web developer I am total rookie in the hardware stuff, but since we make more money now and tried to experiment some stuff. I got this Raid1 (4 SAS Drives) and extra 3TB Sata ...
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Installing an SSD on my SATA 2 equipped notebook

With a negligible amount of knowledge concerning PC hardware I'm trying to figure out how to upgrade my Samsung ATIV Book 4 NP470R5E-K02UB notebook with an SSD. I didn't even know where to start so I ...
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Linux: How to confirm bad ATA device?

dmesg listing this error string 14 times consecutively: [ 799.496637] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 [ 799.496683] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x4 [ 799.496710] ata4.00: failed ...
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SATA controller or disk failing?

Recently my laptop IO became deadly slow. I investigated a bit, and according to smartmon tools I have no errors on the disk, tough I'm getting a lot of errors in the syslog: ata2.00: exception Emask ...
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Is my SSD runing AHCI mode?

So I switched my BIOS setting from IDE to AHCI, and when I booted up in windows 7 it reinstalled the drivers for my SSD. But I can't seem to find if it's currently running in AHCI mode or not. I've ...
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RAID 5 setup across SATA II/III

I have an ASUS P8Z77-V LK mobo with 4 SATA 3Gb/s and 2 SATA 6Gb/s. I'm considering purchasing 3 WD7500AZEX HDD's and putting them in a RAID 5 configuration. My question is, if I put the two ...
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Hard drive in not recognized by connecting with SATA-USB cable

I have an old SATA hard disk and I want to get data out of it. I had a SATA-USB cable directly connecting my SATA to laptop USB port. The cable drive is recognized under disk management but the hard ...
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USB SATA adapter apparently not recognized

I purchased a new laptop and a SATA USB Adapter and tried to connect the internal disk of my old computer to my new laptop in order to save my data. My hard disk is Western Digital WD5000BEVT 500GB ...
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eSATA to 3.5" internal SATA HDD not found

I have bought an eSATA to SATA cable (with power) and have connected my internal 3.5" HDD to the laptop's eSATAp port. I can feel the hard drive powering up and spinning, but nothing is showing up, ...
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Seagate ST1000DM003 and USB-SATA bridge

I can't get that disk to work with my external case (bridge). Disk is spinning and recognized by Windows, but it doesn't recognize data on it, it can see only one big RAW partition when there are 2. I ...
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gigabyte z77x-d3h not recognising hdd in bios

I have sata hdd and the bios is not recognising it. The hdd works as I have plugged it into a working pc and it appears. I have formatted in NTFS and run scandisk, no errors. is there any specific ...
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How to fix my hard drives

I’ve installed an extra hard drive into the pc so basically this is the setup. I had a 1 TB partitioned hard drive installed already and the pc was running brilliant until I needed more space and ...
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External Enclosure; USB to IDE & SATA. Only old sata drives are recognized by Windows. Why?

I have some hard drives (IDE) from my old PC and I need the files that are on it to put onto my new PC. My new PC has a SATA drive and it's an All-in-One HP PC. I bought an External Enclosure for ...
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How to connect this laptop SATA HDD to regular desktop SATA cable?

How can I connect this laptop SATA HDD to regular desktop SATA cable? Please look at the picture for reference. I can't find any adaptors and not sure if any SATA dock has similar connector. EDIT: ...
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How to run SSD in XP with SATA hard drive to IDE adapter

Any tips please? I have a 840 EVO SSD, a SATA Hard Drive to IDE (ATA-133/100) UDMA PATA Adapter and XP. I have an old Dell Dimension 4550 with a soon to fail HD so since I have a spare SSD, want to ...
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What are (other) possible reasons for ``ata: hard resetting link``, after manually replacing head and electronics?

So I have this hard drive which died the Click Of Death after falling of a couch. As I cannot afford data recovery, I went the home-brew route. The head seemed broken, as I watched it moving without ...
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3TB Western Digital green showing as only 746GB in disk management?

I've just purchased a new hard drive (3TB Western Digital Green) with the intention of transferring everything from my hard drive that has sector issues and is causing BSODs. The problem is, the new ...
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SATA hot plug has no effect in Windows

I have one hard drive inserted into a mobile rack. The hard drive is connected to the SATA port, which is configured with Hot Plug ON. However, I cannot see any way to flush buffers of this drive or ...
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Why can't Windows Server 2008 R2 (during clean install) find ANY device drivers?

I am trying to get a fresh install of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard (64-bit) onto a (somewhat dated) Dell PowerEdge 1800. I'm am using the bundled Adaptec CERC SATA1.5/6ch RAID controller, and have ...
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RAID 10 “failure” after changing BIOS setting

I have been using a RAID10 setup for quite some time and today, after loading a saved BIOS configuration (for overclocking), it set my SATA mode to AHCI rather than RAID. I didn't notice this and ...
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Can I use a hard drive PCB from a lower-capacity model?

I sold an old 640GB 2.5" SATA hard drive on eBay, only to accidentally pull too hard on the data cable and ripping out the data connector. I've cancelled the eBay listing, and have been browsing for ...
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SATA(AHCI mode) - Why an OS needs a AHCI driver, while BIOS can boot from HDD?

What is the relation between AHCI and SATA? How come an OS cannot operate a SATA controller without an AHCI driver, while the BIOS knows how to boot of a SATA hard disk? What are the difference ...
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How can I make a hard drive be recognized by my desktop PC BIOS?

I have a quite old desktop PC which I want to get it back working. I had took away its hard drive, formated it and used it was external storage using a SATA-USB adapter. Now I want to use it again ...
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Are USB hard disks less reliable for backups?

A colleague told me that it is not recommended to use USB hard disks due to the lack of inherent integrity checking of copied files. I am looking for details on that. In what respect is copying to a ...
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Are USB hard disks less reliable for backups? [duplicate]

A colleague told me that it is not recommended to use USB hard disks due to the lack of inherent integrity checking of copied files. I am looking for details on that. In what respect is copying to a ...
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WD Black 2.5 sata drive slow on windows 8. Sector size is 4k. What gives? 40MBps write

WD Black 2.5 sata drive slow on windows 8. Sector size is 4k. What gives? 40MBps write. This is a brand new WD black scorpion 500gb drive, on a brand new Zotac Zbox Nano CI320, quad core with 4gb of ...
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How to install windows on another PC's HDD using my PC? [closed]

I work on software development from a home based office but I am also the pc and mac repair go to guy of the family (and sometimes extended family) therefore I get at least one windows installation ...
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4 SSDs RAID 0 integreted vs dedicated controller

I've been thinking about setting up 4 SSD RAID 0 to gain performance in my home PC, and I ran into this review of PCI-E based SSD. If I use PERC H310 (8 lane PCI-E 2.0 RAID controller, which means ...
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Setting up network storage

My girlfriend and I have MacBook Pros which we recently upgraded to SSD's. As a result of that, we have two spare 2.5 SATA HDDs that have no use except as network drives. I can definitely buy cheap ...
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SATA I hard drive compatibility to SATA II motherboard. [duplicate]

I would like to buy a new motherboard for my computer since I'm in need of higher ram capacity. My computer is pretty old and my hard-drive is SATA I. All new motherboards I see mention that they have ...
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SSD is acting strange in Asus K75VM laptop

I bought an Intel 530 SSD, 240GB, which supports SATA 3. The laptop is an ASUS A75VM-TY0877V, running Windows 8.1. There are not many drivers installed, as this is just a clean install (and yes, I am ...
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Running Windows 8 on external HDD

I have an Acer A0756 netbook that originally came with an HDD and Windows 8. I wanted to upgrade the hard drive, so I switched the stock HDD for an SSD, on which I installed Ubuntu 12.04. However, I ...
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SSD Performance testing in linux

I'm testing the performances of my new SSD card, and it seems I'm stuck with sata2 speed even if my controller is sata3. Here is the command I'm using. dd if=tempfile of=/dev/null bs=1M count=1024 ...
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SATA 3 theoretical speed

I can't understand which is the actual theoretical speed of SATA 3. The SATA 3 interface is known as "SATA 6Gb/s", so the theoretical speed is 600MB/s, but the SATA 3.2 revision allows a solution ...
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Do laptops really need hard drive caddies?

I purchased a used laptop which came without a hard drive or caddy. Is the caddy really a necessary component in all laptops? I know this is not always true, but in mine the hard drive inserts ...
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Dual boot with SSD and hard drive

I have a PC with an SSD drive containing Windows 7 and a hard drive for files. The harddrive has about 500GB of free space. I want to install Windows 8 on a new partition. Can I setup the partition ...
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Upgrading windows, finding the proper SATA drivers for the windows

I am trying to reinstall windows and have an error from both a USB bootable .iso and a install CD stating that I need the SATA drivers to continue. I cannot seem to find the proper driver or how I ...
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Can I use the controller of an external hard disk to connect a SSD to a USB port?

Can I use a 2.5" Intel SSD with the USB SATA adapter from a My Password external drive? The adapter looks like this: Has anyone tried it? Did it explode?
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Do eSATA HDD docking stations have a capacity limit?

I'm looking at perhaps buying an eSATA docking station to be able to easily plug in and unplug hard disk drives, particularly but not necessarily only for backup purposes. Note: This is not a ...
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Is the beginning file on a SATA HDD the same as an SSD? [closed]

Having a hard time finding the answer to this. The beginning sector for standard user data on a HDD (sata, scsi, or ide) is always the same. First question: Which sector is it? Second question: ...
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poor write performance with RAID 5 array

I have an Intel RS2WC080 RAID controller card connected to an array of 8 WD Black 4TB SATA3 drives, in a RAID5 configuration. While the read speed is ~750MB/s the write speed hovers around 45MB/s. I ...
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How do I know if an HDD supports ATA Secure Erase?

I have a couple of 2TB seagate drives. I have read that it is not a good idea to try a secure erase via a USB adaptor as it can brick a drive. Before I start to figure out how to get these HDDs hooked ...
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Marvell 9128 sata 3 or Intel P55 sata 2, which is best for Windows software RAID 1 (mirror)

My friends has a Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3, which come with Marvell sata chips and Intel sata chips.GA-P55A-UD3 specification I have just help him to install Windows 7 pro. I buy two new 1T HDD, I ...
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Hard Drive working incorrectly

I tried to install a second SATA laptop hard drive to my desktop PC, and everything works just fine, I was able to browse the files on it, until I try to format it. Then it started making a high ...
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How do I optimize eSATA performance in Linux?

I experience very slow eSATA performance. Around 5 mb/s on a disk that easily handles 150-200 mb/s. Do I need to enable some setting or module in order to speed it up? The disk is a 4 TB disk and the ...
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Disk drive not recognized by laptop

I have an external USB drive. Took it apart and got the internal drive. Used it as normal on my desktop. Put it back together and tried to use it on a laptop. The laptop recognizes the drive but does ...
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Are there any problems if one tries to expand Internal hard drive beyond maximum capacity mentioned?

I have a Sony Vaio and my laptop currently holds a 500 GB SATA hard drive. Recently the drive got crashed and I am buying a new internal Hard Drive. Let's say max capacity of my Laptop to hold is 750 ...
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2 TB hard disk extremely slow/stuck if used through a USB docking station, works perfectly with SATA or e-SATA

I have a 2 TB hard disk which I'm sure works fine. I have bought a hard disk docking station which should support disks up to 4 TB. This dock can use either USB 3.0 or e-SATA. Using the HD with e-SATA ...
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Is is possible to get a virtual disc drive to mount over usb to another machine's motherboard?

Here's what I'm trying to do. I have dvd duplicators that only duplicate discs from a master disc. I can also install an internal hdd with images stored on them and duplicate from there. These ...
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Second HDD only works on a single SATA port

I bought a second hard drive to set up in my computer and could only get it working by unplugging the DVD drive and using that sata port (SATA 4) on the motherboard. If I plug it in in place of the ...