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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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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PC Won't boot from HDD in any sata port

Recently got a new Graphics Card (Sapphire Dual-x Radeon R9 270X), and my power supply should be enough to power it. Other than that nothing has changed in the last 2 years. My PC started turning ...
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SATA I hard drive compatibility to SATA II motherboard.

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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Intel SATA AHCI driver / Windows 8.1 update fail

Need we still carry on about failed Windows 8.1 updates? yes... sorry... We've reached the magic day where MS doesn't ask anymore about wanting the Windows 8.1 update. A system restart automatically ...
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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? [on hold]

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 ...
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How to check my computer has SATA III or SATA II?

I brought a SSD last week that supports SATA III. I wish to connect it to my PC but I have no idea whether my PC has SATA II or SATA III. I can provide any details or screenshots if needed. ...
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Windows 7, Detecting hard drives; Done; No drives found?

I recently reinstalled windows 7 on a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (revision 2.0) motherboard with an SSD hard drive. I was reading about IDE vs AHCI and the consensus seemed to be that AHCI was better ...
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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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Dell Latitude E5430 with PR03X Dock not recoginizing ext HD through eSATA port

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. It worked fine until one day it would not power on. I pulled the ...
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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... ...