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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BIOS won't boot Win7 Ultimate from SATA Drive

I recently installed windows 7 ultimate replacing windows 8.1 Pro (On another partition is Ubuntu) and after shutting down and rebooting with no difficulty, I after a while needed to hibernate and i ...
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SATA Port vs Using a USB hub in a SATA Port

I was wondering if there is any downside to using a USB hub on a single SATA port to add 2-3 more HDD's as opposed to adding more SATA Hubs via the PCI card? Background content: I'm currently pulling ...
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How can I make sure I buy a SATA-USB adapter compatible with my harddrive?

I'm planning on removing the hard drive from a laptop and connecting it to another computer via a USB adapter. I understand I need a SATA-USB adapter, but I don't want to buy one that isn't compatible ...
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Unable to locate or see a hard drive

I'm decent enough on the computer but have not encountered this problem before. I currently have one SSD and two SATA hard drives on my PC. The SSD is the C: drive. Then, I have a D: and J: drive. ...
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Areca SAS controller compatibility with SATA drives

With my controller drives randomly disconnect or become unresponsive, tested in both Linux (with Areca’s proprietary driver as the open-source one has been broken for years) and a clean install of ...
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Multi-channel SATA RAID card to RAID 4 Bay Enclosure

I have a Mediasonic ProBox HF2-SU3S2 4 Bay 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure. The box only has one eSATA port and one USB 3.0 port on the back. According to the manual of this storage box I need to get a ...
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Floppy Disk to ??? Controller

I have a motherboard which has: SATA IDE Internal USB headers I need to attach a floppy disk drive, but there is no onboard floppy disk controller. I've looked for the following: Internal USB ...
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SATA 3 to usb 3 cable not being recognized as writable

Ive connected my ssd(ocz arc 100) to my computer with a sata 3 to usb 3 into my 2009 macbook, it says that its not readable. Im running the osx 10.12 el capita beta 2, any ideas?
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Hard drive shows corrupted/no partition table yet it boots normally on PC

I extracted this hard drive from a PC and connected it to my backup server through a SATA-to-USB 2.0 adapter and Windows promptly asked to format the hard drive. I proceeded to disconnect it and ...
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Virtualbox host io cache applying scenarios

Virtualbox docs says that using host io cache for sata controller may be a risk of system performance. At the same time, on my case I see advantage of using host io cache - DisckCrystalMark reports ...
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SATA devices not recognized by BIOS

I recently completed a build using an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard. I booted the computer for the first time, went to intall Ubuntu from a USB drive, and my HDD was not shown in the menu for ...
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Reducing pre-boot time on a Windows 7 PC

I have recently replaced my HDD 'C:' drive with an SSD on my Win 7 PC. When the PC is running, it is definitely quicker, but there is an inordinate pre-boot wait time of 76 seconds whilst the PC ...
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Manipulating the HDD password via an SATA-USB adapter

This question is related to The master password of Transcend SSD. I've forgotten the password of Transcend SSD370 ,which I set. When I boot my PC by a live CD with the SSD connected to the SATA port, ...
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Are there SSDs compatible with PCIe x1?

My internal hard drive is ticking. It's gonna be dead soon. I've backed up all my data, thanks for your concern. What I'm doubting is, I have an old computer, that I plan on replacing in a year or ...
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Can Storage Spaces drives be moved to a SAS controller without data loss?

I have an old file server with some 20 SATA drives attached to both mainboard and external controller cards. The machine is running Windows Server 2012 R2 and using Storage Spaces to pool the drives. ...
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SSD (SATA) Disk along side RAID with 3 Disks

I have the P6T7 WS motherboard (https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P6T7_WS_SuperComputer/) and wanted to install 4x 4TB drives as a RAID 10 on the ICH10R Serial ATA connectors (6 times) , I have also ...
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Changing SATA speed on HP Probook 6560b with Transcend SSD370

I have an HP Probook 6560b with updated BIOS version F.60 Rev.A (31 Mar 2015) and a Transcend SSD370 256GB SATA 3 SSD. On that I run Debian 8.1 with grub2 (not grub-efi). The default setting in BIOS ...
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Can a simple adapter connect a SATA device directly to the PCIe bus?

While looking for an easy and inexpensive way to add one more SATA connector in my computer I came across this PCI Express to SATA Adapter: It has no electronics on it, just PCB traces that ...
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Asus s400 support for SATA

I'd like to upgrade my HDD to a SSD! Unfortunately, I noticed that my Asus s400 has no support for SATA III. I guess, however, that given a SATA II, it whould not be a waste of money to do the ...
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OK to swap a SATA DVD for a SATA HD?

I'm considering picking up a used Lenovo M58 in its small form factor case to build a linux (ubuntu) server. The M58 has a standard 3.5-inch bay for an internal SATA HD and a 5.25-inch half-height bay ...
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SATA3 and Hotswap mainboard?

Currently I am on a budget and I want to buy a cheap Intel Pentium mainboard but I need Sata3 and Hotswap. I eyeballed the MSI H81M-P33 is this any good for hotswap?
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Sata Port failing?

I have a Samsung 350V5C laptop running Windows 8.1. About 1.5 years ago I replaced the main drive with an SSD (for the C: drive) and replaced the optical drive with a HDD caddy and a 1TB HDD (for data ...
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Is SATA 7 or 15 pins?

I'm doing A+ practice exams. One of the questions reads The SATA standard defines data cable connector consisting of: 40 pins 34 pins 15 pins 7 pins I chose 15 pins. It was wrong. The correct ...
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DVD drives keep failing

I built a new PC for myself about a year ago, i5, Asus MB, corsair power supply, MSI Nvidia GPU. I forget the full specs (I can post them if someone thinks they might be relevant). In that year I've ...
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Ubuntu and LogiLink 4-bay docking station - unable to get S.M.A.R.T. data from all disks

I recently bought LogiLink QP0021 USB2.0 4-bay docking station. It is visible as: 152d:0539 JMicron Technology Corp. / JMicron USA Technology Corp. JMS539 SuperSpeed SATA II 3.0G Bridge: for the ...
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How comes mSATA and SATA SSDs have pretty much the same capacity?

mSATA SSDs look much smaller than SATA SSDs. How comes mSATA and SATA SSDs have pretty much the same capacity? I.e. of of now Samsung 850 EVO mSATA SSD can't have more than 1 TB, just like the Samsung ...
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Will these parts be compatible together? [closed]

I am looking to build a PC that is meant just for gaming and programming. If I go through with it, it will be my first PC build ever. I've watched a few videos to learn how to build a computer and ...
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Which SATA port is my disk connected to?

We have a computer with multiple boot drives, all of which contain the same software. The selection of the boot disk is via multi-position switch on the front panel. If disk 1 is selected, the disk ...
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Can I create Raid Secondary Storage in Windows 8.1 Pro?

I have Asus MAXIMUS V FORMULA Z77 chipset motherboard It has: 2 Intel sata z77 6.0 Gb/s controllers (used currently) 2 Intel sata z77 3.0 Gb/s controllers (used currently) 4 Asmedia sata z77 6.0 ...
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SATA drive bracket - blank screws

I just removed a SATA drive bracket from my PC, and the screws are blank! How do I go about removing these?
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what is a PATA power port doing on my 3.5" desktop SATA HDD?

am trying to recover data from my old 3.5" desktop HDD using a "usb to sata/ide" kit. youtube video here ...
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How to bypass the message “There is a pending reboot for this product” when trying to re-install Intel RST

I have to re-install my SATA driver, but I cannot run the setup application. Upon launch, it immediately fails with an error "There is a pending reboot for this product", yet no amount of rebooting ...
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Why is mSATA so expensive

I don't quite understand this. I have one mSATA port and one SATA port onboard my laptop. I have filled them both up, the mSATA port with a 512GB mSATA SSD and the SATA port with a 1TB SATA SSD. I ...
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Intel RST driver - magic performance boost (only) up till version 11.2.0?

what's the magic behind the massive write speed performance boost by intel RST drivers up till and including version 11.2.0? i have done some performance measurements of my application that is ...
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Drivers for VT6421A Controller Card

The hard disk controller on my motherboard went out, so I'm trying to install this VT6421A PCI controller card. Unfortunately, I've looked at a couple of posts on SuperUser and other forums, but I ...
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{Fixed in 10162} Windows 10 “media driver missing” on installation

[Update: Fixed in 10162 build] [cross-post from MS Answers community as I doubt they will be able to help me there] [Update: I just tested the Windows8.1 Iso: It works. This seems to be a bug with ...
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Raid drive cannot be detected

Only yesterday I bought two new 2GB Seagate drives and set them up as raid and installed lubuntu. It was working fine and there was no problem but today I made the very bad decision of swapping over ...
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What kind of M.2 logical interface does Plextor M6e SSD apply?

I'm buying a Plextor PX-AG128M6e SSD in hope that it can be used as VMware ESXi 6.0 datastore. And I have checked the Wikipedia M.2 page, who says there are three options available for the logical ...
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LGT-256M6G SSD enclosure/converter for SATA connection

I have this SSD that came from my Lenovo Yoga2 Pro notebook but it doesn't seem to be mSATA, which I originally thought it was. Here's a picture: As said in the title, I just want an enclosure ...
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how do I clone an external drive to import into VirtualBox?

In a Wondows 8.1 installation, I can type the following to create a SATA controller which will pull the contents of a detached hard drive into a VirtualBox Virtual Machine: cd ...
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Cannot mount CentOS 7 partition from external drive using Paragon ExtFS

I downloaded Paragon ExtFS to a Windows 8.1 computer and connected a detached hard drive using an Apricorn SATA Wire USB 3.0. But the Paragon ExtFS gui will not let me mount any of the components of ...
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How many HDD's off 1 Molex? PICOPSU

First question here. I saw some posts about powering 2 HDD's from one molex, but I want to power 3-4 drives. I want to use a single molex and use splitters for the rest of the drives. Below is an ...
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Windows 7 will not start with SSD

I have a Windows 7 Desktop, with a 320GB HDD. I recently found an old SSD in my garage, and out of curiosity tried to connect it to my PC to see if it still worked. After plugging in the SSD to SATA ...
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Can you attach a USB drive to the motherboard with SATA?

I want to attach a USB Drive to my motherboard with SATA. It is a liveUSB with Ubuntu Linux installed, but USB 2.0 is slow... So is there some kind of USB to SATA SATA (PC side interface) to USB ...
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Having trouble recovering data from an older Seagate HD

I am trying to recover files from an older HD (Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500Gb). I am really just hoping to get some family pictures off of it. It was at one time running Windows (I'm not sure which ...
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Windows 8.1 refuses to recognize my extra HDDs

Alright, so I've been trying to install a few extra hard drives since my storage has been getting quite full recently. However, Windows 8.1 will not let me set the disks up for proper use, or do ...
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How can I check whether USB3.0 UASP mode is enabled in Linux?

I have a laptop running Ubuntu 15.04 (3.19.0-21-generic) and an external USB3.0 2.5" SATA HDD enclosure which claims that it supports UASP mode (this model by StarTech). I have no problems mounting ...
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SSD SMART errors and strange dmesg errors, is this a dying disk?

I've started noticing weird things in my dmesg log, and my 4 months old SSD. For example: [ 9.647535] ata7.00: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x7ffffbff SErr 0x300000 action 0x6 frozen [ 9.647542] ...
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What are following sata raid drivers for?

I've been installing raid 1 based server and the first time i did it. I didn't know which one to choose to I chose at random (I think ICH7R/DH one). Everything worked, but disk access times were ...
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HDD on SATA I (1.5 Gbps)

I am planning to buy an SSD for my laptop, but my budget isn't high enough to afford something like a 1 TB SSD; the most I can get on my budget is 240 GB.  So I am planning to go for an SSD, which I ...