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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Sata port being reset every minute. Is it a faulty cable or the Port Multiplier Card (Silicon Image)?

My Ubuntu server has nine Silicon Image powered "5-to-1 Sata Port Multiplier" cards. I am getting the following messages in the syslog. These messages are being repeated every minute or so. From what ...
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Can I install a SATA 6 Gb/s SSD on a laptop that came with a SATA 1.5 Gb/s hard drive?

I am having a ASUS F8Vr laptop. It has a 250GB SATA I HDD. I am planing of changing it to a SSD HDD, may b Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F360GBGS-BK. Not decided yet. Can I do this? I know the ...
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Determine if an SSD supports SATA 6Gb/s

I had a dell computer with an SSD and on the SSD itself it said 3Gbps. They sent me a replacement laptop and the ssd is thinner (still 2.5 inch, but it's thinner) but I'm trying to see if it's 6gbps ...
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Installed second hard drive in computer and get BSOD with stop 0x00007b

I have a computer with a Intel DH55HC MB. It has eSata on the MB ports that work with SATA drives. Anyway I installed a second 1tb drive and reset the boot order. Windows starts and gets a BSOD with ...
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PC won't boot from IDE HDD when SATA data drive connected

I have an old Pentium 4 system (Abit IS7 series motherboard) running XP. The machine is set up as an HTPC. It was set up and running well for years with 1 SATA drive as a boot drive, another SATA ...
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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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CD Drive not discovered

I have a self built computer. it uses a P6T Deluxe motherboard, which has both SATA and IDE ports. This was built several years ago, and had an IDE CD/DVD drive. This drive started going bad (would ...
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Use Apricorn's SATA Wire 3.0 with desktop HD

Is it possible to use Apricorn's SATA Wire 3.0 with a normal 3.5" desktop drive? According to the Apricorn FAQ this is not possible: Will the SATA Wire work with desktop size drives? No. ...
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SATA Driver for Acer Aspire One D257

i have a Acer Aspire One D257. In this netbook the hard disk is defect so i bought a new one. Now i want to reinstall Windows 7. Im using an external DVD Drive plugged into USB. The Windows 7 DVD is ...
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Failing Seagate HDD - Not Recognised

I am having a look at a friend's computer which contains a 500GB Seagate HDD. Unfortunately the HDD is not recognised by the BIOS menu and it beeps 11 times upon powerup. I've moved the HDD to another ...
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How to connect an old sata disk to an external e-sata port without opening the case?

I have an old sata disk that I don´t want to put inside my new PC, but I want to access it with it and copy some (big, fat) contents in there. I have a case that has an e-sata port. I want to ...
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Connecting an ATA disk into an e-SATA input?

I´ve build a new PC and wanted to add my older disks to it (they are not SATA, but ATA). Is there a way to add them as an external drive using the external e-sata input that I have in my case? Thanks! ...
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When should I use SATA 6gb/s?

I purchased a Baraccuda hard-drive (model ST3000DM001) that supports a maximum read transfer rate of 210 MB/s and SATA 1.5/3/6 Gb/s. My motherboard has a limited number of 6 Gb/s ports so I'd like to ...
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Installing Debian on SATA disk attached to eSATA interface

Recently, I just bought a HP Microserver Proliant N40L for use it as dns, http, vpn, file storage and also for backups of other computers at home. I already have 2 1Tb HDD's, so I thought to buy ...
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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 disappears every hour, back on hard reboot

I consistently lose one of my two SATA drives (one SSD, one HD) after (almost?) exactly one hour. Doesn't matter if the computer is at idle or the disk is being written to frequently. The machine is ...
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Make ReadyBoost use SATA instead of USB drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Enable ReadyBoost on a second internal HDD? As far as I know, ReadyBoost only works on USB flash media. I have a 4GB SATA SSD, and I thought it would be interesting to ...
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Adding FireWire to a laptop with no extension slots

I'm looking for a way to add Firewire to my laptop, with the purpose of using FireWire audio interfaces. Since my laptop doesn't have an ExpressCard slot though, this means I'm open to the craziest ...
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How to set SATA password in AMI BIOS 0307?

How to set SATA password in AMI BIOS 0307? I can't find any possible option to do that, there is only supervisor and user password in Boot->security section. I have ocz agility 3 with sandforce ...
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PATA HDD to connect using PATA to SATA adaptor, slave settings please?

I have recently taken my grandma's old pc apart, and have salvaged various parts, including the 20 GB Maxtor quantom fireball PATA HDD. I have my current dvd read/writer and hdd setup on the pata ...
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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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Added extra SATA 6Gbit/s SSD drive, Windows 7 doesn't detect device, USB 3.0 device now runs slow

Added in an extra SATA 6Gbit/s SSD drive to my Windows 7 machine. Now two 6G/s SSDs - main one 64GB and this new 256GB. BIOS can see both. However when I run Windows 7 disk management tool it doesn't ...
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Why aren't my SATA drives being detected by my LSI 1068E Dell SAS6/ir HBA card?

Context: I have a Dell SAS6/ir HBA card (pciex8), and several SATA drives. I have two SFF-8484 to 4x SATA cables, which fit correctly onto the HBA (but were purchased separately, new). The manual for ...
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Windows 7 BSOD and missing SATA drives at reboot

I get random BSOD, then when my computer reboots my SATA drives are gone and it gets stuck at "verifying DMI pool data". By rebooting they sometimes re-appear. Before this my computer has been ...
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Booting Windows 7 from different SATA controller

I have a Win7 installation on a box where the on-board SATA controller died, so I've added a dedicated controller card, and now need to fix the Windows boot sequence that the driver is loaded with the ...
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How can I tell if a 2TB drive is too much for my bios?

2Tb Drive, several years old Pentium 4 HP dc7100 machine with v 1.05 of the C786C1 Bios. There is an 80GB SATA drive connected already, which is recognized, the 2TB drive comes up as 0 Mb in the setup ...
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IDE to SATA Connector issue

I have an old computer I'm repurposing into a NAS (with FreeNAS 8) I've got a 4-port Sata RAID card, with 4x2TB sata drives, and a 40GB laptop-sized Sata drive (which originally came out of my PS3) ...
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How to connect a desktop SATA harddrive to laptop?

I will be going out of the country for a couple of months, and most of my stuff will go in storage. I will be taking my laptop, and will be keeping the desktop back at home. I was thinking of taking ...
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How to find SATA controller version on custom built PC. Do I have SATA 2, or 3 (II, or III)?

I've got a custom built PC sitting at home with the following specs: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Processor (3.2 GHz Quad) 8.00 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 (4GB Graphics Mem) 64-bit Windows 7 SP1 466 GB ...
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Sata Hard Drive Spins then stops

I have a western digital caviar SE16, when the drive is plugged in it spins up for about 10 seconds and then stops, does this indicate a problem on the controller I am wondering should I attempt to ...
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formatted my dell and lost the sata drivers

i formatted my dell studio 1555 laptop hard drive and when i try to install windows 7 it shows up a message that says " a required cd/dvd drive devise driver is missing . if you have a driver ...
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Broken SATA HDD pin

I just bought a hard drive caddy for my Dell XPS 15" (L501X) laptop, but I just broke a pin on my hard drive when trying to install it in the caddy. Pictured here is my HDD and the pin that broke off ...
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How to duplicate an IDE drive as a SATA drive

I want to clone my old desktop IDE HDD, which contains legacy software that run on XP, and use old software on my new laptop. My laptop can accommodate SATA HDD only. Booting from USB port is not ...
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Micro ATX = Stock Heatsink and RAM are touching

I recently bought a micro atx mother board and have run into a problem. The stock amd CPU heatsink sits so close to the ram that they are actually touching. I assume that this will cause future ...
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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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READ/WRITE DMA Errors with SSD. HDDs are working fine

I have assembled a custom PC, and installed Linux on it. I have tried using several different SSDs of the same kind, and I keep getting the following types of random Read/Write errors: [ 310.697924] ...
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Can hard drives fully utilize SATA III?

My motherboard currently supports both SATA II and III (3 Gb/s and 6Gb/s respectively), but after reading some online, it seems as though connecting a HDD to the 6 Gb/s is pretty much pointless. If ...
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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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Installing 3TB SATA Hard Drive Messed Up My Computer

I just added a 3TB SATA hard drive to my Windows 7 x64 machine. After formatting it, it seemed to work for a couple of hours until I got a BSOD. 10 minutes later, another BSOD, this one saying memory ...
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SATA ports not working, do I need to update my motherboard BIOS?

SATA HDD not detected during POST, Is there a converter cable for IDE harddrive to be connected in a SATA port on a motherboard?
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How to find out if my BIOS will support 3TB drives?

I want to turn an old PC into a NAS, and before I go buying 3TB hard drives, I want to check if my BIOS will support these drives. This answer outlines some requirements. Mainboard: supports 48-bit ...
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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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Linux Ubuntu Server x32 not recognizing my hard drive

I am trying to install Ubuntu Server x32 on my IBM eServer xSeries 365. The installer says it can not recognize my drive. I have 2 hot-swap Maxtor ATLAS 10K V 73GB Ultra320 SCSI drives and both are ...
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How do I reset a disk to non-RAID?

I had a couple SATA hard disks in a RAID 1 array. I reset them to non-RAID in the Intel raid manager, and removed one drive. Despite the raid controller saying it's not a RAID disk, and even ...
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What is the purpose of this 4-pin interface on SATA HDDs and why doesn't it exist on SSDs?

I have 4 HDDs here with me, from 3 different manufacturers, and all of them have the following 4-pin extra interface beside the SATA connector: Looking on internet, I can see that it exists on all ...
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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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PSU Connectors won't fit

I just bought a new PSU to replace one that blew up a few weeks ago. Everything went fine except that none of the 4 detachable SATA and Peripheral cables that came with the supply will connect to it. ...
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Is my hard drive dying?

Im gettings strange error messages in the terminal. This is the output of dmesg: [ 3317.715990] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x78 SErr 0x400000 action 0x6 frozen [ 3317.716113] ata4.00: ...
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Move an SSD with Windows 7 to a new PCIe SATA controller card

This is my current setup: Abit AB9 QuadGT motherboard which has an Intel P965 chipset with Intel ICH8 SATA Rev. 2.0 controller Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD which supports SATA Rev. 3.0 Windows 7 ...
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Connecting 6 hard drives with 4 available SATA connections

I'm building my first home NAS right now, and I have a Mini-ITX motherboard with 4 SATA connections. I'd like to connect 6 hard drives in total and (preferably) use software RAID. My question is: ...