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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HP Pavilion P6210Y [Pegatron M2N78-LA Motherboard] will NOT detect replacement Western Digital 640GB SATA Hard Drive

I'm working on an HP Pavilion P6210Y (Pegatron M2N78-LA motherboard) that's hard drive has crashed. The issue that I'm running in to is that for some reason the computer absolutely REFUSES to detect ...
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How do you transfer to a new laptop from an Internal Hard Drive removed from an old laptop?

The old laptop won't work. So I'm looking to transfer data from my old laptop's hard drive, a 640 GB Momentus (I'm pretty sure the hard drive is fine), to a new laptop. I've researched and it looks ...
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How do you transfer from an old laptop's SATA hard drive to a new computer?

I have to dig into my wife's laptop to pull the hard drive out, to pull the data off since the rest of the HD is close to dying. I am curious what I should expect to have to deal with to get data off ...
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Dell Vostro 230 (mini)- changing hard drives

I have a Dell Vostro 230 mini that has a Seagate 320 GB hard drive that is close to failing (I know this because its S.M.A.R.T. status reports a rapidly increasing Reallocated Sector Count). Because ...
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Beelink I68 8core android tv box

I recently purchased a Beelink I68 8 core media box to run Kodi on but couldn't resist the urge to pry it apart and look inside after noticing in the system settings a dead link for SATA setting, it ...
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Why boot fails with bios SATA Mode as AHCI?

In a nutshell, I am trying to figure out for some Jetway engineers and myself, why the custom bios they made me does not allow SATA devices to boot in AHCI mode. Obviously, this is difficult to ask ...
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Reset Disks to Non-RAID in Intel Matrix Storage Manager

I have a Gigabyte S-Series motherboard based PC that was configured with two SATA drives. The drives were NOT raided, but the RAID controller in BIOS was enabled - just no raid volumes created. ...
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Upgrading from SATA 1 to SATA 3

My motherboard is Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 and it has 4x SATA 2 ports. I have SATA 1 disk installed and it's slowing my system, I think it is because of its 8mb buffer. I want to upgrade or should I say ...
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What SATA version do I have?

I wonder what SATA version my laptop uses as I intend to install an SSD and want to choose the most suitable TRIM options in (probably Debian) Linux. The information presented by smartctl is: Model ...
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Can I connect a SATA disk on a SAS connector on the motherboard?

I have a motherboard with a lot of SAS connectors. The motherboard manual specifies that: these connectors are for the SAS signal cables for SAS hard disk drives that allows up to 6Gb/s of data ...
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gigabyte z77x-d3h not recognising hdd in bios

I have sata hdd and the bios is not recognising it. The hdd works as I have plugged it into a working pc and it appears. I have formatted in NTFS and run scandisk, no errors. is there any specific ...
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How do I enable SATA 3 on my computer or check if it is enabled?

My HDD is a WD5000AAKX, the Shop keeper told me that it is 6gb/s meaning SATA III right ? How would I know if its working at SATA 3 6.0gb/s? My system: Intel Corei7 920 Gigabyte X58A UD7 AMD ...
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SATA HDD stuttering on reads (LED on)

I hope I can get some new ideas to solve the issue. What I have: AMD Phenom II X4 905e Box, Sockel AM3 Gigabyte GA-MA790XTA-UD4, AMD 790X, AM3 ATX WD Caviar GreenPower 1,5TB SATA II 4GB Kit OCZ DDR3 ...
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Rebuild split RAID5 array

I'm running 6 320GB SATA drives in a RAID5 configuration on a Gigabyte M59SLI S5. Last week the system started hanging durning array initialization. One of the disks is dead and another has been ...
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HP ProLiant DL180 Gen9 20-pin drive power connector pinout

I bought a HP ProLiant DL180 Gen9 server in 12 LFF (3.5-inch) HDDs configuration. Now I'd like to put two additional 2.5-inch SATA HDDs inside the case to serve as system drives. As a configuration ...
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IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapter troubleshooting

I brought two Vantec IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapters, 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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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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SMART says my hard drive is okay, but it's randomly respinning. What is happening?

I have a 320GB WD Caviar SATA hard drive on a 2007 desktop machine. Lately it has taken to randomly spinning down and up again during active usage (streaming a video off it, for example: the disk ...
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SATA HDD suddenly stops being detected by any computer

So I have a 500gb Seagate HDD that, after powering down my computer one day, stopped being read by ANYTHING. It's not a mechanical error that I could diagnose; it spins up and down quietly and makes ...
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Check HDD connection mode (SATA or ATA)

Is it possible under Windows 7 to check whether a particular disk is recognized by Windows as SATA or ATA? I've installed Windows 7 on an old HP laptop with SATA drive. Laptop's hdd in Device Manager ...
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How to access data on a password-protected SATA hard drive

My Lenovo S10-2 laptop died. I'd like to get the data off the hard drive. The problem is that there is a hard drive password applied to the drive. Of course I know the password, but I have no way of ...
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Why can't the Windows installer find my SATA drive when Linux can?

I built a computer from some old parts, including a SATA drive. If I boot from the Windows Vista installation DVD, there are no options under "Where do you want to install windows?", implying that the ...
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Could other hardware be responsible for bad sectors on my hard drive?

I have a Gigabyte P67A-UD3-B3 motherboard. There is a single hard drive (a cheap Seagate Barracuda drive) attached to it over SATA3, and AHCI is enabled in the BIOS. Recently, the drive started to ...
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Has anyone successfully used the new usbstor MaximumTransferLength parameter?

Some time ago, Microsoft added support for specifying the maximum transfer size to the usbstor driver (see KB2581464 at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2581464). I have been unable to actually ...
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Upgrading mSATA or M.2 w/adapter in IDE/PATA Powerbook G4?

this is my first question here: I would like to upgrade my 17" powerbook G4 (running MacOS10.4.11 on 1,5GHz, 2GB RAM, 160 GB HDD (IDE/PATA)) - with, for example, a 250GB mSATA or M.2 (SATA) SDD ...
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Why am I getting more and more ATA bus errors over the time which can be fixed by un- and replugging the HDD caddy?

I have an internal SATA connector and a HDD caddy in my Lenovo IdeaPad Z500-Touch. No matter which HDD (tried 1TB HDD and 2TB HDD) or SSD (Samsung Extreme 256GB) I put in the caddy (I tried two ...
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Powering a SATA HDD using usb y cable

Can i use This Sata and Sata Power To Usb Cable To connect my 60gb fujitsu 2.5" hdd (sata) in a Pc externally where i would connect one usb into PC and another in a samsung mobile charger adapter ...
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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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Hard Drive Not Showing Up In The Boot Order

Since I try to install VMware on one of my PC, the HDD is not showing up in the boot order but I can see it in the SATA device list. If I try to install Ubuntu Server or Linux Mint, the both OS can ...
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IDE to SATA converter not working. Incompatible or faulty?

I bought this cheap (2$) IDE to SATA adapter, connected it to my IDE hard disk, my sata motherboard and power plug and it does not function. A red light is lit on the little board but it just delays ...
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Which Connecter Is The Correct One

I have a Compaq 5008MT desktop, with the standard hard drive & DVD Drive installed. I purchased a 1 TB Sata drive, and opened it up only to realize, I have a free SATA connecter on the ...
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Win 7 RAW file system, convert to NTFS

This all started wiht a rootkit virus, got a new hard drive, reloading everything. Now i have the old C and F drive, both sata. Got bitdefender running and comodo firewall, now. Win7 system, using ...
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Performance of RAID 10 on SATA with SSDs?

I have four Samsung 850 Pros with 256GB each. My motherboard only supports SATA 2. What's the max r/w speeds can I achieve? Is it limited to a single controller speed (i.e. ~300MBps) ? Or would it be ...
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HDD to SSD file transfer very slow

I'm using Fedora 22 Linux, and just got a brand new Samsung 850EVO 250GB SSD. I'm trying to move some of my files (mostly, my most-used games) from my old HDD to my new SSD but the transfer speed is ...
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Can I use an asus MB with a sata 5-port multiplier?

I have an Asus M5A99FX Pro R.2 and all the available SATA ports are being used. From the user manual of the MB it seems it uses the AMD Chipset 990FX/SB950 (see picture below), yet even after reading ...
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BIOS not detecting working SATA hard drive

Some time ago my power supply died. It's a long story from then till now, but the important bit is that I ended up with a new hard drive and a new power supply. I tested to see if my original hard ...
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PC (even BIOS) doesn't load, when SATA SDD HDD is plugged

this morning I was working on PC and needed to restart. However, after restart, PC doesn't load. It gets stucked even before bios (on ASUS logo screen). I can't do anything - load BIOS, boot, nothing. ...
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How can I find SATA driver for LG 15U560-KA51K laptop?

I've got a LG laptop 15U560-KA51K which was made in December 2015. Originally Windows 10 was installed, but I'm trying to install Windows 7. I can't find a SATA driver on korean LG website, so I ...
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How to upgrade/change BIOS on VIA VT6421 add-in card (if possible)?

(In fact no duplicate, but meant as a complement of this question: Drivers for VT6421A Controller Card ) While Q935612 was for card drivers, mine is not. My question is OS independent, as I want to ...
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SiI SATALink 3112/3112A and its initialization problems with various hard drives

Well, this was an epic fail. I mean, my actual suspect was my Samsung drive (HD753LJ) which is why I went on e-bay to acquire me a WD one for comparison. Very same problem. And now I'm certain: it is ...
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Computer won't start when connecting SATA HDD

I just bough a new HDD some time ago and recently i bought another SATA cable to have both HDDs connected at the same time, to transfer all the files from the older one to the newer. When i connected ...
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Many Transition from drive PhyRdy to PhyNRdy causing latencies in Windows 7?

My old Windows 7 pro sp1 laptop is becoming slow. It freezes randomly for between 1 and 3 seconds before displaying a context menu, or when switching between windows. After long searches, I suspect ...
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Cannot run BIOS with any SATA device connected to Mobo

Just built new PC but can't run the BIOS. I remain stuck on the splash screen. I have DVD-RW drive in SATA1, SSD in 2, hard disk in 3. If I disconnect them all from the motherboard then I can ...
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HDD Guardian reports ATA error

I have just ran HDD Guardian on my Hitachi Travelstar 7K1000 hard drive (2.5, 7200rpm) and noticed that the drive reported an ATA error. The error occurred 37 hours (of disk power-on time) ago, and ...
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Broken DVD drive sata port

I have a blue ray DVD drive, which uses sata to connect it to the mobo. On the DVD drive, contacts in the sata port broke off into the sata cable and now the drive has a few pins where I should plug ...
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Windows won't boot after adding new hard drives

I took two WD external drives, took them apart, and installed them inside my PC. They are attached with sata to a pci expansion card with sata ports. When they are connected the PC freezes at the ...
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Harddrive slows down, sata errors on boot

Full rundown: This is not a new drive, I've had it for a while as an ntfs drive and I decided to install it into my linux server and switch it to ext4 filesystem. I partitioned the 4tb drive using ...
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Fujitsu A514 notebook SSD runs on SATA II speeds even though SSD and motherboard supports SATA III

The problem is as in the title, I am getting lower speeds. My laptop: Fujitsu Lifebook A514 My SSD: Kingston UV300 120GB There is not much in the BIOS, just an option to turn SATA on or off. Here ...
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differences between Spinning down 3.5“ HDD vs. spinning down a 2.5” HDD?

I'm using a simple USB to Sata/IDE adapter to connect a sata drive to Raspberry Pi2 running OSMC. (the adapter you can get on ebay for a couple of dollars) When I have a 2.5" laptop HDD connected, I ...
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How to make a cheap and speedy RAID 5 drive without case

I'd like to turn my several (four or five) old 80GB SATA hard drives into a RAID 5 drive. 4 to 5 bay NAS cases can be about $300. But I should not need one. What would it take to essentially build ...