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Difference beteen using an external Hard Drive Disk Docking Station vs USB to SATA cable

I have a SATA hard disk that I want to connect to my laptop externally. Seems like I have two options. One is to buy a docking station and the other is to buy a cable only. What I would like to know ...
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Do hard disk drives turn on 512e (512byte emulation of 4k sectors) as-needed depending on host controller?

I have a 4 TB hard disk that has 4k physical sector size (Advanced Format) and I attached it to two SATA host controllers (one internal and one in a USB enclosure). On the (older, about 2010) it comes ...
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Drive unable to be initialized in Windows 8.1 - “The device is not ready”

I've got a Western Digital WD10EZEX drive that arrived today. It is a replacement for another drive of the same make and model. I'm plugging it in to a Plugable Hard Drive Dock, which is connected to ...
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Windows server 2003 x86 drivers issues

I cannot install the ahci driver(32bit, sata) in win2k3 x86; says that the driver isn't 32 bit (but actually it is). Also I cannot install the drivers for usb (usb mouse though works !?). The system ...
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My 4TB Seagate Backup plus works externally, not internally

I just recently purchased a a 4TB Backup Plus and installed about 1.5GB worth of data. I connected it using the USB 3.0 input on my motherboard.. Works fine. .. I then decided to use the bare drive ...
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IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapter troubleshooting

I brought two Vantec IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapter as shown below: It comes with the following items inside: However, I notice a strange situations as follows: I use the 1st set and format a hard ...
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SSD Perfomance - Internal vs External?

I got a SSD for Christmas and it came with the option to have it installed internally or externally. I'm wondering if I have it setup as an external hard drive, will there be any major performance ...
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HDD is not recognized/initialized via USB, only via SATA - is a reformat through USB a bad idea?

I have a 4TB Hitachi HDD that I purchased in Europe (I use it as a backup disk); I use Windows 7. When I connect it to a SATA port, it is recognized in Windows Explorer and gives no problems, even ...
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Is it safe to just use SATA-USB connector and plug it in permanently to the pc as extra drive?

I was thinking of buying an external HDD enclosure but I dont wanna spend that much. The 2.5 enclosure is cheap but my hdd is 3.5. Can i alternatively, use just a sata to usb connector and plug it in ...
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Slow copying of files from Bricked NAS to computer via USB 3.0 to SATA

Unfortunately I bricked my "Western Digital MyBookLive 3TB" network hard drive. (Only had an ethernet port to access files via network) After realising it was not going to work again, I decided to ...
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how to properly use sata to usb cable

I bought a sata to usb cable to connect the hard drive of my desktop to my laptop and be able to burn some discs. Now my question is how to properly use it. What I'm currently doing is connect the red ...
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Windows Installation Process Not Detecting SSD

I've recently bought a OCZ Onyx Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive. I also bought a Kingston 7GB pendrive and made it into a bootable Windows device. When I look int the BIOS it shows that I've got ...
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WD Hard Drive UUID protection mode?

I have a WD Green Power 2TB hard drive (WDC WD20 EURS-63S48Y0) out of a bricked WD MyBook Live NAS device. I have two different SATA-USB adapters; one a generic multipurpose dongle type and the other ...
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1answer
237 views

Anyone know why older USB drive cases have a 2TB size limit?

I recently upgraded a home-built external hard drive from 1TB to 3TB. In doing so, I learned that it's bridge board doesn't support drives larger than 2TB. I had to get a newer case in order to ...
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Hard drive transfer

I'm looking to transfer data from my old laptop's hard drive to a new laptop. The old laptop won't work, but I'm pretty sure the hard drive is fine. The hard drive is a 640 GB Momentus. I've done ...
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160 views

Do all USB3.0 to SATA adapters present to OS as USB Mass Storage?

My first experience with external USB hard drive enclosures was with Windows 98SE. At that time, drives were IDE, not SATA, and I remember that after drivers were installed (I remember using one ...
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Flaky Southbridge?

Current Config: Asus P9X79, Intel 3820, SuperTalent 16 GB 10700, 2X EVGA 660TI-SC, 60GB Intel SSD, 120 Intel SSD, 2x Western Digital 1 TB, Seagate 500GB, Bought Seasonic 1250XPSU Stock Settings in ...
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Hard drive uninitialized when switching enclosure

I have a 3TB SATA drive which I've been using in an external USB enclosure. Today I upgraded the enclosure in order to take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds. However, in this enclosure I am unable to ...
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Are USB drives as reliable as SATA [closed]

I am making a server that will have files on one 250 GB SATA hard drive that will be copied to the other 250 GB SATA hard drive (RAID). When I install my operating system (lubuntu or slackware) I can ...
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1answer
144 views

Broken hard drive

I have a tower PC that recently had a boot error stating that the hard drive could not be read. When the computer starts up, you can hear the hard drive spinning up normally, just as it had in the ...
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2answers
624 views

Is it possible to make a disk-to-disk clone via USB?

I have an internal laptop HDD which I wish to copy to another SATA HDD. There is no spare storage for storing an image, so I wish to make a direct disk-to-disk clone. I have connected the destination ...
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Why does my SSD disk on OS X work with a USB-adapter but not over internal SATA?

I'm trying to replace the HD in a MacBook Pro (2009) with a Samsung SSD 830. The SSD has previously been used in a MacBook (late 2008, aluminium) without issues. Since very little differs in the ...
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1answer
267 views

Max simultaneous transfer speed on computers

The max transfer speed in a computer is decided by what the SATA version is. I have seen on many forums that buying a SATA 3 mobo is helpful only if you have to use USB 3 or an SSD. My question is ...
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How do I install Windows XP via a USB - SATA/IDE adapter?

I have an Asus EB1007 EeeBox that doesn't have a CD drive. I removed the hard drive and connected it to my laptop and formatted it, via a USB to SATA/IDE adapter. How can I install Windows XP using ...
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Installed Lion via SATA - USB, not recognized when plugged internally

Hoping to get some help on this. I'm running Lion 10.7 on a Macbook unibody A1278 - I want to upgrade my 250GB HDD to a 1TB. I plugged in the 1TB using SATA-USB cables, formatted it and installed ...
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1answer
890 views

Is an external USB3 disk really almost as fast as an internal SATA disk?

According to the specs of USB3 its max speed is 5Gbit/s and SATA is max 6Gbit/s. Can it really be correct that SATA is only 20% faster than an external USB3 disk? Or are there some latencies that ...
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Motherboard/PSU crippling USB and Sata

I very recently bought a new desktop computer. The motherboard is: Z77MX-D3H and the power supply is ocz zs series 550w. The issue I have is that once I boot to the operating system (I have tried ...
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1answer
574 views

Where is the internal DVD/CD-ROM drive with USB connector (not SATA)?

I wonder why internal optical drives are equipped with a SATA interface. Why not USB 2.0 or 3.0 instead? USB provides a transfer rate high enough and using USB to connect an optical drive would save ...
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662 views

How to connect SATA HDD to USB (unusual connectors)

I want to connect my SATA HDD (recovered from my old Compaq laptop) but Ive found that standard SATA to USB connectors won't allow me to do this. It seems that my HDD connectors are thicker than ...
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1answer
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Adding more drives to motherboard with two SATA slots only?

Hardware n00b, building a freeNAS 8 box. Motherboard has 2 SATA slots: http://www.jetway.com.tw/jw/motherboard_view.asp?productid=309&proname=M26GT3-SVP All 3 PCI slots are empty. I have 3 more ...
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1answer
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How can I get or make a USB to SATA-power cable?

I have a 2.5 inch SATA SSD that I want to power from an internal USB port. The SSD requires 5 volts, so I see this as being possible. I already have the data connection for the SSD, I just need to ...
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External USB Hard drive detected but not assigned a drive letter

I have a USB HD connected using SATA to USB connection to the a PC with XP, before it used to be recognised fine and assigned a drive letter but since some malware issues with my PC, I had to repair ...
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Why is my 3.5" SATA hard drive not spinning up via USB?

I'm having issues connecting a 3.5 inch WD Caviar SE (WD3200AAJS) via a SATA to USB adapter. The drive is recognized, but it doesn't spin, so it just shows up with a capacity of 0 bytes. Note that ...
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Speed comparison: USB vs Wireless N vs CAT-6?

I'm in the process of setting up my home network, and since I'm planning on having a backup/file server and doing backups to it over SSH, I'd like to get a scope on the speed of transfer and what I ...
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Do all SATA to USB converters need AC power?

I'm shopping for SATA to USB converters. It looks like most need AC power cable as well as the actual converter. I know that his one leeches the power off the host computer but also has two usb ...
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How to determine if a device is SATA driven and will be affect by the Sandy Bridge Intel Issue?

Looking to buy a higher-end Windows 7 laptop, but I'm concerned about the issue with the Intel Sandy Bridge chipset. Otherwise, my price range covers laptops within the latest (Sandy Bridge) ...
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A ssd disk with usb, working with linux

Does anyone know about any usb ssd disks which work with Linux, and which Linux can boot from? If the disk also have a sata connector it will be even better.
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Can't mount Linux usb disk. It just create /dev/sg device but no /dev/sd

I have a Corsair R60 ssd disk which is a disk with both sata and usb connectors. But the usb thing seems to be a bit non-standard, or maybe its just my fedora linux. When I insert the disk using a ...
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545 views

Boot from disk with both usb and sata

I have a SSD Harddisk with both an usb and Sata connection, and I want to be able to boot both from usb and sata but I can't make it work. When the disk is connected with sata anything works fine ...
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USB 2.0 to IDE & SATA Adapter - how do you install Windows XP

My laptop CD-ROM is no longer working, and I need to format the hard drive and reload Windows XP. My laptop is Fujitsu Siemens AMILO. I purchased an 'EASY IDE' adaptor, followed the instuction to ...
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548 views

use a SATA to USB cable with MacBook Pro optical drive?

Is there something fundamentally different about hard drives and optical drives regarding how they communicate with the computer? I ordered a SATA to USB adapter from Monoprice and I want to know ...
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1answer
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hdparm - how to secure erase SATA SSD over USB

I have been following this guide on how to secure erase an SSD (trying to improve the performance of mine, which currently only writes at about 30mb/s seq). However, I'm using an USB-->Sata docking ...
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Diagnose Issues with USB External Hard Drive

I have a 1TB SATA hard drive in a third-party USB enclosure hooked up to my computer via USB. The drive has become increasingly unreliable, randomly unmounting and remounting in Windows, making ...
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How to measure data transfer speed between my internal SATA HDD and External USB HDD?

How to measure data transfer speed between my internal SATA HDD and External USB HDD? I purchased new Seegate freego USB HDD but when i copy somthing from internal HDD to USB HDD or viceversa data ...
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An acceptable USB enclosure for a 2TB SATA Drive

I just got me this 2TB SATA drive. However, I can't seem to find an acceptable USB enclosure for it. As I browse newegg or amazon, most of the enclosures state a maximum size drive (e.g. 1tb or ...
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How does the USB 3 speed compare to eSATA? [closed]

Will the full speed advantages of the future USB 3.0 be negated by the fact the most HD being mass produced are SATA 3? If so, what would you suggest a person do? For performance reasons, I go with ...