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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ata1:comreset failed (errno=-32) error while booting brand new computer

I try to install fedora to a new desktop computer I have but I am getting ata1:comreset failed (errno=-32) error while starting fedora installation. After a long while it stars with the installation ...
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Avoid HDD spinup at boot

Is there any way to avoid specific HDDs from spinning up at boot time? There are 3 HDDs in my HTPC (Ubuntu 12.10) and 1 SSD (boot drive). I don't want the HDDs to spin up when booting to reduce boot ...
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SATA and PATA -> Does it matter which channel something is plugged into?

A long time ago, PATA used a master / slave configuration. If memory serves correct, the best performance could be achieved by only have one drive (master) attached per channel, instead of two (master ...
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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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What software to use to recover data from Samsung HD103UJ HDD?

I have a Samsung HD103UJ 1TB SATA HDD which is malfunctioning, but not a complete brick. If I try to boot off it, the boot takes forever and there is slow ticking sound. If I hot-plug it into a ...
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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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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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Different hard drive terminologies? [closed]

I have come across terms like SATA, SCSI and SSD. Can somebody please elaborate the differences between these terms based on their technology and more importantly applications and industry trends?
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AHCI on Windows if BIOS does not have the option but all hardware does support it?

Is it somehow possible to use AHCI on Windows if the BIOS does not have the option to enable it? This is a known problem especially on mid-old Laptops that have chipsets and drives that perfectly ...
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Computer won't recognize second WD internal HD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 won’t show SATA Hard Drive in My Computer I installed a Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB internal hard drive, and want to use it for back up. My BIOS ...
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Do 7.2k SATA drives and a hardware raid controller always end with trouble?

I'm reading the FreeNAS userguide and came across the statement: Note that hardware RAID configured as JBOD may still detach disks that do not respond in time; and as such may require ...
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Windows 8 not seeing new SATA HDD

I just purchased a new Dell Inspiron 660 with Windows 8. Tried to install a new Seagate 3T HDD. Windows disk manager does not see the HDD. The HDD is seen by the BIOS. I can change SATA ports and the ...
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Lenovo N100 and Samsung SSD 830, shouldn't this go faster than 100MB/s?

I recently upgrated my Lenovo N100 0768 with a Samsung SSD 830 - specified to support 520 MB/s read and 320MB/s write. However, having only SATA1 with max. of 150MB/s speed, it has to run in a slower ...
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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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How can I add a second hard drive to a previously configured UEFI/ACHI Windows 8 machine?

Recently purchased a new Windows 8 PC. It came with one hard drive. I want to a second hard drive to it. This second hard drive is my data hard drive from my previous computer. However, I have run ...
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Issue adding second SATA hard drive to Inspiron 660/Win 8 Pro [closed]

I just purchased a Dell Inspiron 660 with Windows 8 Pro. I added a second hard drive to the machine. This drive contains all my data (files, music, pictures, etc.) The boot drive is plugged into ...
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Software to check if a SATA III drive is connected to SATA III port?

I had an OCZ Vertex 256 GB drive installed in my PC at work, and the motherboard has SATA III ports. How do I check the drive is connected to a SATA III port and not a SATA II port without opening ...
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Asus m5A97 RAID/AHCI configuration

I'm trying to RAID two SSD's in raid 0 to install games on, but I want to have my OS running off of my HDD (which it is currently installed on). I have the HDD plugged into SATA 5, and the SSD's ...
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Harddrive disconnects when I try to write on it

One of the four internal harddrives (SATA) of my computer is causing me some trouble. This drive only have one NTFS partition. Everytime I try to copy a file on it, the copy eventually fails after a ...
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3TB WD30EZRX is only recognized as an 1.8TB Disk - GPT formatted, UEFI-System - what can I do?

Searched through the net for about 3h now, tested anything that seemed promising - but still no 3TB! And I don't mean no 3TB partition - the drive is actually detected as 1.8TB by various programs! ...
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How to determine the SATA port revision?

I saw this product advertised at various places on the internet; it's a 2.5" HDD caddy to replace the optical drive in laptops. My question is, how to find out if the DVD drive has a SATA II or III ...
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Windows 7 Installer does not recognize my hard drive

I recently bought a PCI-Express card to add additional Sata ports to my desktop (this one). Within my other SO the hard drives connected to the PCI-E card are recognized and working fine. But, when ...
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IDE to SATA convertor Motherboard Issue

I bought new motherboard Intel DH67GD which has not IDE interface to attach the DVD writer. It has 2 SATA with 6Gb/s, 3 SATA with 3Gb/s and 1 e-SATA with 3GB/s. Mmobo specs link. How can I connect my ...
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HP EliteBook 8560w SATA compatibility

I know that HP EliteBook 8560w/8570w supports SATA III capable chipset. But this particular chipset has SATA III and SATA II capable channels. I wonder which channel has HP used to connect the hard ...
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Windows 8 Installation doesn't detect my SATA Maxtor 6V250F0 HDD

I've been using Ubuntu on a desktop computer I have in my house and I'd like to try to install Windows 8 and replace the Ubuntu system. In the installation wizard of Windows 8 I get stuck in the ...
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Does Intel HM70 supports SATA 3 (6 GB) ?

I want to buy a laptop and change HDD to SSD. And I want to know Does Intel HM70 supports SATA 3 (6 GB) ?
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How do I connect a bunch of laptop hard disks to make a “super” storage disk?

So we have a about 25 laptop hard disks lying around (when we get new laptops, we replace the hard disks with SSDs). What is the best way to use these? Ideally, I'd like to build some kind of disk ...
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How to move partition with Users to a new SATA controller?

Our current situation: X79 chipset. Windows 7 installed on SATA SSD running on Marvell controller. C:\Users contains just Public and computer-name folders, all the other users are created in E:\Users. ...
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Software RAID 1 resync's on SATA cable switch?

I made a mistake when I opened up my desktop removed a 2 disk RAID 1 and reconnected them, but with the SATA cables switched, such that sda became sdb and viceversa. On boot, the RAID array started ...
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USB mass storage device split to 2 devices

When I connect an Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 4TB hard drive in a Fantec DB-ALUE2e external SATA enclosure to a Lenovo T400 laptop using the USB 2.0 port, the hard drive gets split to 2 devices: [ ...
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Where do SATA drives get their power when using a PCI SATA controller on oler PCs?

I've been looking into PCI SATA controller cards online for an older PC and noticed that the ports only have the SATA cable connector and the Power supply does not have the SATA power connectors. I ...
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PC shuts down while booting Windows 8 when using SSD on SATA 3

I built a PC, but connected the SSD to a SATA 2 port (the blue ones looked more impressive/faster than the grey ;) ). I installed windows 8, everything working fine. I then noticed the SSD was ...
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Booting SATA Drives

How do you tell the system which SATA drive to boot to even if both have bootable sectors? Trying to do boot to my main to access the old but it does not seem to be booting my main.
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Multi-Harddrive Tower, Do I have to Worry about Overheating

I have been thinking of getting a third hard drive. Right now I have two already in my tower. The HDDs have a small compact separate 3-space bay in the bottom front of the tower. In general, should I ...
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Windows 7 sata disk not recognized after wake up from sleep state

My windows 7 x64 PC/server worked fine until I installed a brand new seagate SATA hard disk (2 TB). My first disk was a IDE Maxtor (250 GB). I tried to use it as a secondary drive leaving the maxtor ...
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Dual boot Windows 8 and Windows 7, why can't Windows 8 installation see the drives?

I am trying to install a dual boot Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 8 Pro on an XPS 8500 special edition. I created a new primary partition from my C drive, inserted the Windows 8 install disk, and ...
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System won't boot if I connect SATA hard disk

I had an old PC with an Atom processor, two SATA hard disks with 40 GB and 160 GB each. Recently I upgraded my PC, got a Gigabyte H61M DS2 Motherboard, 2 GB of RAM and Core I3 processor. But ...
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SATA Hard Drives coming up in Computer Management but no drive letter assigned

I have a bunch of old SATA hard drives which I am gathering data from using a standard SATA USB Enclosure. Everything works well except with two drives (500GB each) that I took out from my NAS (D-Link ...
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Any performance issues with a SATA to PATA adapter for a 2nd hard disk for my laptop?

I am considering buying a SATA to PATA HDD Hard Drive caddy adapter for my laptop. That would be something like this one. Should I expect a lower performance when using a SATA HDD with a PATA ...
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Solution for storing sata drives outside of case

I have a system that has 8 sata disks in a software raid 5 array using mdadm. My issue is that I want to move the drives from inside of the computer case in order to cool more efficiently. I have ...
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Mixing SATA and SAS drives on same controller

I have a desktop at home with both SAS and SATA ports. (The SAS ports are supplied by a 3ware 9750 card). Currently I have 5 SATA drives connected to these. One small SSD to boot from and four larger ...
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Motherboard: Intel S5520HCR s1366 SSI EEB

I'm building a storage server for online video streaming. I thought about adding two SSD drive for a OS. other 15*(12 SATA & 3 SSD) drives i want to build with aufs XFS and ethernet 4GB/sec ...
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Could SATA communication issues cause the hard drive to reallocate sectors (thus causing system hangs or crashes)?

My laptop seems to have a bizarre problem with the hard drive. The system operates without problems for several months, then the hard drive begins to cause problems, with sector reallocations causing ...
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Any non-SSD hard drives get Sata 3 speeds? [closed]

Are there any non-SSD hard drives whose speed gets close to taking advantage of sata 3? I ask because I am looking to buy a secondary 1 TB (non-SSD) hard drive for my new computer that will be ...
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How to move a sata drive to a machine without AHCI mode

I've got a Dell Inspiron 1545 on which the screen has died. I'm able to plug an external monitor into the Inspiron 1545 and it works fine, so the screen is the only issue. The OS is Win7. I'm ...
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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 ...