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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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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Laptop died after using a SATA/IDE USB hard drive converter

So I think I have done something very bad, I have a HP laptop and wanted to recover some data from some old SATA and IDE drives. I Bought this http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00VR52ZZ0?psc=1&...
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SSD causes UEFI to load very slow on reboot (~15 sec)

I've recently bought an ADATA Premier Pro SP900 128 GB M.2 . It works fine , it's fast , but I have one issue with it . When I start the laptop , UEFI loads fast in a second or so , goes to my ...
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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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BIOS hangs when SATA drive is attached, works with hotplug

The American Megatrends BIOS (latest version as of manufacturer) of a Shuttle XPC SH87R6 hangs at the very beginning (not even showing the CPU type) whenever a WD 3.0TB SATA harddisk is attached. It's ...
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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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Weird HDD Slowdown Issue

I'm experiencing a strange issue with one of my SATA HDDs. Basically I have two internal HDDs that I am connecting to the PC through a SATA-to-USB adapter. I am not keeping them inside the PC since ...
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Long response time from HDD

I've faced weird issue with my HDD. I bought it new on august, the model is: WDC WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 After 10 minutes it starts to freezing every time i make any request to HDD. At first i thought it ...
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sysprep generalize when upgrading motherboard or changing SATA mode

This is my first post here and was looking for a possible solution to my question. I have been using sysprep generalize when upgrading motherboards, or switching SATA mode operations from IDE - AHCI ...
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Adding Serial ATA driver Windows 7 clean install for Dell Inspiron n5110

I want to try format my Dell notebook with Windows 7 Ultimate. But my ISO pack doesn't have any HDD driver in it. When I come to step 2 for installing Windows 7 the system says "You should have to ...
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Windows removes its own drive from bios, but appears in Linux

I'm having a strange problem. Some background: I have two sata drives in this computer. The first one has a boot partition and two NTFS partitions (one Windows 7, one storage). The second drive has ...
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SATA Drive Order Scrambled on Reboot; Windows 7 / Asus P5Q MB

I've noticed that the drive order (when viewing through computer management) on my Windows 7 box is not consistent between reboots. More often than not, the drive order is maintained across a reboot, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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GA-H170N-WIFI M.2 connector shared with SATA?

So I'm putting together a parts list for a new home server that also functions as the house's NAS. The MB I've been considering is the Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI but I'm getting confused about how many ...
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Windows 7 installer asks for CD DVD drivers, but need SATA driver and doesn't accept them

During the installation of Windows 7 via USB-Stick on a new PC, windows asks for driver: German text from windows. I have only german as installation language. Ein erforderlicher CD-/DVD-...
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Ubuntu 14.04 64Bit : Cursor lag when mouse cursor changes?

I'm facing the exact same issue as mentioned in the link but on Ubuntu 14.04 64 Bit. Problem Facing: Mouse pointer freezes for around 300 ms whenever the cursor icon changes: On hovering from ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Intel RST turned a disk off

I have an Asus ROG laptop and I got a BSOD while I was working and then after the restart, one of my partitions disappeared. This used to show two disks but it only shows 1 disk and the cd drive. ...
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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 it,...
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How do I get my seagate hard drive to show up in SeaTools using an 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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Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive only working with own sata/usb adapter

I opened up my Seagate Expansion Drive (3TB) to get to the hard drive itself. I wanted to use it in my PC and access it through SATA. But I cant mount the drive on linux. If I try to access it through ...
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SATA 6Gb/s drive only works in legacy mode (SATA 3Gb/s)

I've got ASUS Sabertooth 990FX mobo (rev. 1.0) with AMD SB950 controller for SATAIII drives and JMicron JMB362 for SATAII drives. I've got Intel 330 SSD hooked up to SATAIII (AMD) controller and it ...
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USB SATA adapter apparently not recognized

I purchased a new laptop and a SATA USB Adapter and tried to connect the internal disk of my old computer to my new laptop in order to save my data. My hard disk is Western Digital WD5000BEVT 500GB ...
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How to run SSD in XP with SATA hard drive to IDE adapter

Any tips please? I have a 840 EVO SSD, a SATA Hard Drive to IDE (ATA-133/100) UDMA PATA Adapter and XP. I have an old Dell Dimension 4550 with a soon to fail HD so since I have a spare SSD, want to ...
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Disk drive not recognized by laptop

I have an external USB drive. Took it apart and got the internal drive. Used it as normal on my desktop. Put it back together and tried to use it on a laptop. The laptop recognizes the drive but does ...
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Device for easy hard disk imaging

I am looking for a device of which I don't know how it should be called. The current situation is that we provide computer services and often have to take disk images of hard disks before doing ...
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ECS Elitegroup KV2 lite 1.0 Motherboard doesn't detect SATA drive and takes forever to load BIOS

my problem is as follows: I was connecting a (bootable) SATA hard drive to the 'ECS Elitegroup KV 2 lite 1.0' in my friends rig, which already had two IDE hard drives (one with bootable Windows XP) ...
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How do you auto mount hot swappable sata drives based on what sata port it is attached to?

I'm looking to auto mount hot swappable sata hdd's. There are multiple drives so identifying them via their UUID's is out of the question. I've searched but can't find a suitable option. The ...
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Do SSDs have to have AHCI to maximize performance?

After my last post concerning my motherboard's RAID, I'm considering purchasing an additional dedicated RAID controller, but I have a few concerns about what to buy, because I'm facing yet another ...
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Why does my motherboard with SATA 2 (3 GBPS) port / cable not properly read a SATA 3 ( 6 GBPS) HDD?

I've an old G31D-M7 motherboard which has 2 x SATA2 Connector. I recently got a SATA3 (6GBPS) HDD (Seagate Barracuda 500 GB - ST500DM002) but when I try to connect to it, it takes a long time to ...
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Windows 8.1 no longer sees my non-boot internal SATA drives

I've got a Dell XPS-8700 tower running Windows 8.1 Pro. I've had this PC for a couple of months, and installed two additional SATA drives from my old system. The boot drive is a 1Tb Western Digital ...
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How do I remove internal SATA disks from the “Safely Remove Hardware” menu?

I have installed Windows 7 (Ultimate) on a PC with an ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX motherboard, which is an AMD AM3+ motherboard with an AMD 760G/SB710 chipset. Everything installed OK with the latest drivers ...
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Windows 7 will not boot unless I enter the BIOS or try to boot from CD

I have an amazingly confounding problem. A friend has an HP Pavilion P6000 series computer circa 2010. Recently, a storm came through and flickered the power a few times in rapid succession. After ...
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How to determine cause for failing RAID arrays

I have to investigate a recent increase in failing RAID-1 (Mirror) arrays we're encountering in our installed PC park (10K+ PC's). The problem is twofold: one part of being a pilot phase we started ...
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Very strange harddisc behaviour

Running Windows 7 64bit. Harddisc is installed internally and connected via SATA: Videofile xyz.mp4 can be opened and played without any problems. If I remove the disc and put it in an external ...
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Dell Precision T3500 - single SATA disk as RAID

Hopefully a quick question - my workstation has been configured with a single SATA hard disk, but the BIOS has the SATA controller configured as RAID, so essentially the disk is being exposed to ...
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External hard drive USB connector has broken, Ubuntu can't read it through SATA

I bought a WD My Book external hard drive in 2009 and used it for a few years so I have a lot of important data on it. One day I accidentally knocked it off a table. The table was not too high but ...