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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Use a SATA3 ssd on a USB3 external case will greatly compromising performance?

I have a mac mini late 2014, I do not want to open it not to lose the warranty. so I decided that I will use my ssd it with an external case USB3. Will there be any difference in performance / very ...
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Is SATA bus speed unique for each device despite advertised connection speed?

I'm trying to determine what is the maximum supported SATA version on my laptop. My laptop has: one mSATA SSD, one HD, one Optical Drive. Using HwInfo, I see: - Bus\Intel Panther Point-M PCH - SATA ...
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IDE HDD not showing up after installation of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Okay, so that title is really messy and non-linear, as least to me, and that's because I don't know how to properly title it, but I can describe it. Essentially I have 3 hard drives in my machine. ...
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External harddrive not showing proper partition table when removed from external case

I have a 2.5TB WD external hdd. I was trying to copy some large files to it and thought I would temporarily shuck it so as to remove the usb 2.0 bottle neck. However when I plug it in directly via ...
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What can cause my enclosured external HDD to be detectable but not accessible?

I have this small Sata HDD and I bought an enclosure for it, the asmedia as2105 usb device. Now, my computer does detect the enclosure, but not the disk in it. I've tried other disks too, but no joy. ...
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Can read errors loged in S.M.A.R.T. be caused by the controller?

I have one little server at a remote location that gives me some headaches, as it now seemingly ate up the third hdd in a specific slot in a row. The last replacement was done in may (a 3TB WDC ...
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Event ID 153 and 129 for three month old SSD. Did I buy a faulty SSD?

in April this year I bought a new Samsung SSD 750 EVO 250GB, installed it on my desktop pc and made a fresh installation of Windows 10. However, since I got this SSD, Windows will randomly lock up on ...
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Is it possible to connect the HDD of a Cisco 8485DVB in this manner?

If i open the Cisco 8485DVB and leave everything as-is, except disconnect the data cable to it's motherboard and then use a USB 2.0 to SATA converter cable or something similar, to connect the drive ...
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Hard Drive slowing to a crawl

About a month or so ago I built a new PC for myself, I currently have an SSD that I had as a secondary drive in my previous PC as the main C:\ drive, a brand new 3TB Toshiba HDD as my E:\ drive and ...
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New SSDs seriously underperforming under SATA II, why?

I just bought two new SSDs, the Samsung 850 EVO and HyperX Fury. Testing it in my laptop with SATA III I get the expected transfer rate of 400-500 MB/s. However, in my SATA II desktop both drives max ...
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How to know USB or SATA interface speed (during writing / reading) in real time

I'm working on a real-time system (Linux) and I need to monitor my ports (USB / SATA). And I need to know in command line when a USB key is writing or reading and at which speed ? Now I can know when ...
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BD rom erratic access / device not migrated

Swapped old drive for a new Panasonic BD ROM disc drive. It is behaving erraticly. I can hear it spin when discs are not in and I've noticed that burning data with ImgBurn is haphazard, cause looks ...
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RAID 5 - Server having 5 SATA HDD of 750 GB and 1 SATA HDD of 1TB size , will this combination support for RAID 5 and will RAID 5 work?

RAID 5 Configured on IBM Server, having 6 SATA HDD of 750 GB each/7.2K. Now we have one 750GB disk failure and we have replaced it by new SATA HDD but of 1TB size/7.2K. Wanted to know will this ...
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Will my HDD fit in this enclosure?

I needed a portable SATA external hard drive case so i saw some pictures but, i saw it uses SATA II version but my drives are just SATA. Will my drive plug in to SATA II if i have original SATA pins? ...
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Upgrading laptop from SATA 2 to SATA 3

I'm trying to upgrade my Sony Vaio Fit Laptop with a SATA 3 SSD. My laptop however can only support up to SATA 2. Is there a feasible way of upgrading SATA 2 to SATA 3? I know SATA 3 is backwards ...
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How can I tell if my setup allows SATA hotplugging?

I have Asrock Z77 motherboard and Corsair RM750X PSU. I wonder if I could hot-plug my hard drives - for example Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB SSHD drive. Of course, I do know that I would need to unmount it ...
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Hard drive always busy at 100%?

I just installed a new SSD to my computer (It had already one SSD and one HDD). I also swapped some SATA cables to get better transfer rates on the SSDs (They were on SATA 3Gb/s while I had two 6Gb/s ...
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How to access the data from my old hardrive

my old laptop died on. Me after taking out the SATA hardrive and putting in to a SATA-enclosure, I am able to access one of the two important partitions that were on that hard drive. The biggest one ...
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Can I Power A SSD From A USB Instead OF A PSU

Hypothetically speaking, let's say my PSU (Power Supply Unit) didn't have enough ports to add another SSD/HDD. Could I power my SSD/HDD via USB? Would it work? Would it still be efficient/would it ...
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Samsung PRO 950 SSD recognized as SATA instead of PCIe inWindows 10

I have a new ASUS G752VL-DH71 laptop and I installed a SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 SSD in it. The hard drive is totally usable in Windows (as drive G:) but there are three issues: ...
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Is ATA the same as IDE/PATA or SATA?

I was taking a look at a HDD and I found a document (from Toshiba, link: 2.5-Inch SATA HDD mq01abdxxx) that says: Drive interface: Serial ATA, Revision 2.6 / ATA-8 I know that SATA uses SATA ...
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Separating two hard drives (physically? SATA-Switch, Pulling Cords, ..) [closed]

I need a recommendation regarding the (maybe physical) separation of a production environment (first OS on a sata hard drive) from another (second OS on a sata-hdd) - a bonus would be, If the first ...
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Sata HDD spins for half a second and stops

I'm trying to plug a 1TB Sata HDD. I already have a 500GB one. However, the SO (Win7) doesn't detect it, neither does the bios. I tried switching SATA ports with the older HDD and with a DVD Drive, ...
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SSD is very slow on PC

Yesterday I installed Samsung 850 EVO ssd in the place where HDD was installed on my HP Pavilion Dv6t 6c19tx. Then I installed fresh Windows 10 pro on it and everything went smooth. I didn't notice ...
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SATA III PCI-E controller card hangs installers / live CD

This is a long shot, but figured I'd ask here to see if anyone has a solution to my problem. I was wanting to put together an inexpensive file server, so I picked up an ECS motherboard that has an on ...
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GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 or GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 (2x M.2 NVMe) + SATA

I have been considering building a new system with dual Samsung 950 NVMe SSDs and I am slightly confused about how the firmware on GIGABYTE supports this setup. Reading the manual for the Gaming 7(...
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Seagate STSHX-M401TCB(M) SATA interface

I'd wish to upgrade my laptop's internal drive, and put the original one in an external enclosure to use it via USB. I could buy an 2.5" HDD and a 2.5" tray separately to accomplish this. However, ...
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Performance impact of SATA II over SATA III for ZFS?

I have a bunch of WD RE4 disks I got from a place that I worked. The drives are 3Gbps SATA II interface. I was going to use them in a server I am building for myself to act as a NAS / SAN for my ...
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HDD not booting over SATA, only over USB

So today I finally restarted my computer after something like 20 days and upon booting it just froze on the Lenovo starting screen. Upon trying to fix the problem, I discovered that unplugging my ...
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Mechanical harddisk defect causing system troubles - SATA

So I hope this question won't get mark as too broad, as I really want to get familiar with the deeper related issues. Background: A friend of mine has troubles with a broken system harddisk, after ...
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SSD died after BSOD

I was playing a game on Windows 10 when I got a BSoD telling me "Critical process has died", collecting the info took incredible long so I shut the laptop down via ACPI (waited for nearly 20 minutes ...
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How to have SATA drives connected to an Intel RAID controller as removable drives

Hi: we have a Supermicro server with an Intel C600 series controller and we would like to use some of the ports and their disks as removable devices, to allow to copy media from one server to another. ...
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Easist way to connect some SATA HDDs to a network without full PC

I have a few SATA HDDs in my big desktop PC. I store media and stuff on them, and access them from my other PCs over my home network. However, in order to access them, my big PC has to be on, which ...
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is it safe to power off SATA HDD?

I have an internal SATA Harddrive connected to USB through simple SATA to USB cable: http://www.dx.com/p/cy-u3-067-sa-161-usb-3-0-to-sata-22pin-cable-sata-to-ssd-adapter-card-black-393409#.VxO-qLOrS00....
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SATA III SSD downward compatible?

I have two questions: I have an old motherboard with SATA I slots. Could I mount and SSD SATA III? Is the hard drive downward compatible with SATA I slot? I wouldn't buy an SSD just to find out the ...
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Computer 'clicking' and HDD's undetected

My homebuilt 2007 Intel Pentium E2180 system is having serious hard drive problems . This is the story ...... So , today , I opened my computer because one of the HDD's installed was not getting ...
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Is there any performance difference between M.2 and 2.5in SSD form factors?

I am currently looking at SSD options for a computer build. I have come across two identical drives that come in a traditional 2.5in laptop hard drive package and a M.2 board. Will there be any ...
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Can I reuse a SSD if I forgot the ATA password?

I want to use the hardware encryption of my Samsung Evo 850 SSD. I understood that I will have to set an ATA password in the BIOS. What happens if I forget the password (apart from the data loss) ? ...
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Connecting Desktop HDD to Laptop via SATA

I would like to connect my desktop HDD into my laptop. It does not need to fit inside, but it needs to be connected via SATA (meaning I do not want to connect a sata to USB adapter) I have removed ...
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How to unlock an ATA-password-locked hard drive?

Something caused my laptop's hard drive to lock itself with an ATA password. Now it asks for a password I don't know when I try to boot the PC. Even the UEFI setup is no longer accessible. It is a ...
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Asus Z-170 Deluxe - is M.2. entirely impractical or I don't understand the specs?

If you scroll down on the page to motherboard picture you will see 4x SATA 6Gb/s and Sata Express slots. Now when I go to manual page - to the section 3.6.8 Onboard Devices Configuration(3-41 next ...
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Get a Win 10 PC, booted with USB (Hirens), to recognize a hard disk. BIos only has AHCI and RAID for SATA options

This question is chained with this answer. I managed to boot a Win 10 PC with Hiren's BCD. But it does not recognize my hard disk (solid state, 256GB, in an ASUS K501U). According to (what I ...
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USB3 to SATA adapter performance?

Does anyone know how well one of these adapters performs? I want to connect a SATA SSD through a USB3 port but I'm afraid that an adapter will reduce the performance significantly... Also is there a ...
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What are the drawbacks of using SAS SFF instead of using direct SATA ports?

I am currently building my own SAN solution for at home. This box will contain around 15 disks. Of course I have a motherboard that does not contain that many SATA connections. So I am looking for a ...
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If I de-soldered a sata male connector off of a motherboard would the board remain functional?

I have an old motherboard that I might use in the future but for a little diy, I was thinking about removing one of the male connectors and soldering it onto a spare sata cable to hook up old hard ...
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New hard drives doesn't start

I built a computer a couple of weeks ago and I have only had a 120GB SSD in it which have worked fine. But yesterday I got two new HDD (Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 64MB 2TB) home. And when i install ...
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Weird issue: Two SATA disks mutually incompatible?

I have a Linux system with three SATA HDs. Two of them seem to be incompatible with each other. I've never heard of that with SATA disks but here it is: One drive is a Western Digital 160 GB disk, ...
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How do I check whether the enclosure failed or the hard drive failed?

I have a spare 500 GB 3.5" internal SATA HDD which I decided to be used as an external HDD. Recently, I bought an 3.5" enclosure (3.5 inch Cavalry EN-CAXM SuperSpeed USB 3.0 enclosure) for this. I am ...
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Using External Harddisk as an internal desktop SATA Harddisk

I have a 2TB Western Digital MyBook Essential External Hard-disk. I wanted to use the Hard-disk as an internal hard-drive for my PC running Linux Mint. So, I dis-assembled it, and took out the SATA ...
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What is PeSATA?

For my computer I am thinking to purchase one of these, which needs two SATA connectors, but I am concerned about not having enough SATA connections on my motherboard (I already have two HDDs and an ...