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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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?

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 ...
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3.5" HDD not spinning up connected to Notebook. Notebook and HDD are technically fine

I connected a 1TB 3.5" HDD with a breakout cable to my notebook. When I start the notebook, the HDD is not spinning up nor is it getting recognized. I toggled the Bios options AHCI on/off and LBA to ...
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Maximum SATA drive size for Intel DP35DP?

I've got an Intel DP35DP motherboard on which I am trying to connect a WD Green 3TB drive. But the BIOS (and Win 7) only recognizes it as 750+G. I've tried to find the specs for the DP35DP to figure ...
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BIOS not detecting a fully functioning HDD that has worked in a different system

Hey guys I have a Samsung NS310 netbook and I seem to have the following problem that I cannot figure out.. maybe you will be able to help me :) So... My hard disk is not being recognized by the BIOS ...
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A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart new hard drive

I searched a lot of sites, and I still can't find the solution. I just bought new hard drive (sata 2) and I replaced the old one (sata 3). When it started to boot installation started from USB ...
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SSD and USB connections

Today I took apart my computer which housed two SSDs working as separate drives. Now I don't really need them in another computer and since they still have tons of life left, I want to use them as ...
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can't plug in IDE drive to Dell Precision 380

I have Dell Precision 380 and want to add an IDE Hard drive to it. The IDE drive is Seagate and Jumper settings are I unplugged the IDE cable from the CD drive and tried that way but it won't ...
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SATA III vs. SATA II…getting two different pieces of information

I recently purchased the Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB to replace my (rapidly filling) 64GB OCZ Vertex 2. The drive installation went very smoothly - I was extremely happy with that. However, after I ...
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Reading an old XP Drive on a Windows 7 unit

I have my mom's old PC and I cannot get her old HD to show up when I connect my SATA read cables up to her hard drive externally. I am wondering if her HD died over night or if I am missing something. ...
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2 slot external hard drive dock with 1 eSATA connection?

Does anyone have experiencing using a dual slot external hard drive docking station with only one eSATA port on the back? Do both drives show up in the OS even though only one eSATA cable is ...
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How to Add Additional SATA Power Connectors?

I need to add additional SATA power connectors to a new machine. I am used to adapters using a Molex connector but the one I have on hand (Christmas eve) isn't familiar to me at all (please see ...
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SATA HDD detected in BIOS but not in Windows 8.1

I have a 500GB hard drive that is detected by Windows after boot when connected by USB 3.0 but when I attempt to connect it by SATA, it is not detected by Windows. The SATA power and data cables ...
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My computer recognizes only one SATA disk

I ran into a disk crash (system doesn't start) but data is available. it was a 2TB WD green. So I bought another one and installed Windows 8 on it, but the system only sees the new one. I started ...
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Which SATA port to use for Intel SSD with Dell Optiplex 990?

I just bought an Intel 520 Series SSD and I have 4 SATA ports on my Dell Optiplex 990. SATA0 - dark blue, SATA1 - black and SATA2 and SATA3 - white. On the datasheet of Dell Optiplex 990 I can not see ...
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SATA Multipliers Power [closed]

I am currently looking forward to buy a SATA multiplier so that I can have multiply SSD drives using a single SATA port. My question is regarding the product bellow product. ...
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Determine which physical HDD is which

I have an Asus M5A88-M motherboard with six identical SATA drives running Windows 7. One drive is the boot/OS drive and the others are just data drives, but I don't know which is which. Suddenly the ...
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Hybrid drive in ASUS K551LN laptop - only AHCI mode in SATA Mode Selection in BIOS

I recently bought ASUS K551LN laptop with hybrid drive in it (didn't ask for it, it just happened that this model came with it). As SSD partition is only 24Gb which is not enough to install OS onto it ...
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Intel RAID controller failing to diagnose faulty disk

On my system (running Windows 7 x64) I have an Asus Z87 Deluxe motherboard, with a built-in Intel RAID controller; my config includes a Kingston 240-GB SSD disk for the OS and two Western Digital 4-TB ...
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Improve SSD performance on Windows 7 laptop

I got Asus k40in and I've just replaced it's HDD with new 120gb SSD (Kingston v300) to give it a new life as office machine; winsat disk shows ~225 MB/s sequential read and ~195 MB/s sequential write. ...
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High average response time from HDD

Specs: CPU: i5 2500k GPU: 6870 2GB Memory: 4gbx2 MOBO: Z68XP-UD3 HDD: ST31000524AS, WDC WD10EAVS OS: Win 10 Tech Preview. Past OS: 7, 8, 8.1 (problems occured on all of these.) Problem: So I ...