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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What is the difference between mSATA and SATA SSDs?

Is there any difference between an mSATA SSD and an SATA SSD (other than the fact that the mSATA doesn't take up a disk slot)?
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Can I plug a single hard drive into the “SATA RAID1” socket?

My (6 year old) motherboard has 4 PATA socket, 2 SATA socket, and one socket labelled "SATA RAID1". Since I (sadly) have 4 PATA devices (including dvd-r), 2 SATA hard drives, and have just bought ...
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IDE to SATA converter not working

I got a IDE to SATA converter via Amazon, however when I hooked it all up the computer doesn't recognize the optical drive on windows 7 64bit. The only indication that the computer knows that it can ...
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HDD Disappears after sleep mode

I recently purchased a HDD and it works fine except if I go into sleep mode. Every time my computers comes out of sleep mode the HDD disappears completely. I have literally tried EVERYTHING to fix ...
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HD interface speed vs disk speed

I am looking at buying a new HD for a homegrown server and see that one of the candidates has a SATA interface with "3.0 GB/s" but it has a disk speed of 7200 RPMs. Obviously, the SATA speed is a ...
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Can't boot into fresh install of Ubuntu with AHCI enabled

I had previously a Windows XP installation on a RAID1 array (controlled via Intel Matrix Storage Manager). I decided to ditch it and install Ubuntu 12.04 (using "software RAID"). So first I reset both ...
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Access my stuff on a second harddrive from another computer

Alright, I can't seem to find a good solution to this problem (and I can't quite get my Google search terms right either). I've taken a HD from my old XP computer and plugged it into my computer via ...
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Are there any advantages to USB-SATA over USB-IDE?

I have an external USB hard disk that I use with VirtualBox (the VM has exclusive access to the disk). It's an IDE disk. I've recently come into possession of a SATA hard disk of the same size. Since ...
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Out of power connectors, need to install 3 more drives

I just built a new PC. My motherboard (Gigabyte Z77) has 8 SATA connectors. The problem is, I have run out of power supply connectors! I need to install 3 more drives. How can I increase the number ...
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Unable to HotSwap HFS+ Formatted SATA Drives (on a Windows Machine)

I'm having problems getting HFS formatted drives to hotswap on my Windows 7 Machine I have 2x Manhattan SATA drive racks installed in my computer connected to the GSATA ports on my Gigabyte ...
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Linux syslog says “ata11: link is slow to respond” for my new HDD

I built a new machine with the following hardware (at least the relevant parts): Asus P8P67 Deluxe Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARX 750W Power Supply (so there's plenty ...
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SATA dvd writter for IDE only motherbord

I have recently purchased LG SATA DVD writer but when I have opened my desktop to connect to my motherboard I did not found any SATA port. I think my machine is old so does not have support for SATA ...
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SATA HDD compatibility

I have a Fujitsu Siemens V5505 notebook, and it has a SATA I hard disk. Can I upgrade the disk to a SATA III unit?
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How to find SATA controller version on Ubuntu laptop. Do I have SATA 1, 2, or 3? I, II, or III?

I'm running Ubuntu on a laptop and am shopping to upgrade to an SSD. Based on the specs for this drive for example, it seems like I should figure out what version of SATA my computer will support ...
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Does /dev/disk/by-path correspond to SATA ports in linux

My /dev/sda is reporting a failure, so I need to swap it for a new one. I am trying to identify which physical port it is connected to (there are four of this drive type in the server, so I can't ...
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Are all SATA cables compatible with SATA 3?

I have a HP Compaq de5700 Small Form Factor desktop computer, and I am looking to upgrade it's hard drive. When I open up the box, it clearly has available SATA connectors on the motherboard, but no ...
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Can I expand my storage options with a PCI-E card in a PCI slot?

I have an Intel D945GCLF2 running headless Ubuntu which I use as a fileserver. I currently have a 4 port PCI SATA card plugged into it which has 4 disks attached. They're running software RAID 5 which ...
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SATA-III drive comaptiblity with current motherboard

Next month I will be upgrading my computer with newer/better hard drive (Western Digital 250GB, 7200rpm, 32MB, Sata III, Caviar Blue, here is a link where I will buy it from - ...
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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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Switching BIOS SATA RAID/AHCI setting causes BSOD at Windows Start - Why?

I just changed my disk setup from: 1 SATA HDD Primary OS Disk 2x SATA HDD Backup Disks in RAID 1 TO: 1 SATA SSD Primary OS Disk 1 SATA HDD Backup Disk [No RAID] Everything worked great, no ...
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How to slave a 3.5" 500gb SATA external hard drive (Western Digital) to my Dell Inspiron laptop

I have a 3.5" Western Digital My Book 500gb external hard drive. I gave it to a friend of mine, and he broke the USB port in it. I went to a nearby comp repair shop and had him solder the thing, and ...
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How can I ensure only one port/disk is booted (attempted to be booted) from?

I have a new motherboard (Jetway NF98), and unlike prior BIOS/boards I have had, I am unable to garuntee a boot priority list and lock the BIOS out. Goal Ensure only one disk/port is booted from. ...
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how to get boot option menu with two diffrent os's on two diffrent hdd?

I know when you have two versions of windows or other OS's installed on the SAME hard drive, when you boot your computer you get an menu asking which OS you want to boot. With my setup right now, I ...
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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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Dell eSATAp not working with some SATA disks

I have a Dell Inspiron XPS 15 (L502X) laptop, with an eSATAp port. I also have a Western Digital 1TB 3"5 SATA drive, that I'd like to use with the laptop. I bought a eSATAp <-> SATA 22-pin cable ...
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Will my netbook benefit from a SATA 3 SDD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will an SSD speed up an Atom-based netbook? I'm looking to upgrade the regular hard drive on my Asus EEE 1000H netbook to an SSD. I'm considering various SSD models, ...
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USB 3.0 to SAS; seems slow to me. Is it?

I've been transferring about 5TB from a USB 3.0 enclosure with built in hardware RAID running 4x SATA III drives. The destination is an external SAS enclosure (7x SATA II) with 2x SAS cables connected ...
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BIOS wont boot (code 66) when Sata drive connected

When I can to one of my computers today it was showing Intel's splash screen (two intel logos, BIOS Settings: 'F2' and '66'. The board is an intel dp55wb. Pressing F2 does nothing. However, when I ...
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What exactly is this lug for on a SATA cable?

On this SATA cable, for what is the lug on the one plug? I think the "lock" (that the physical connection is more stable) is managed by the silver metal. But the lug? I haven't any idea for what this ...
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How to diagnose failing 6Gbps SATA connection?

I have a Samsung RC530 notebook and OCZ Vertex-3 6Gbps SATA SSD working in AHCI mode. # dmesg | grep DMI SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. RC530/RC730/RC530/RC730, BIOS 03WD.M008.20110927.PSA 09/27/2011 ...
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Is there an adapter to attach a SAS hard drive to a motherboard with SATA ports?

I have a couple SAS hard drives (from a SAN box) which I would like to put in my desktop. I know that SAS->SATA is possible (SATA->SAS isn't) but I'm not sure if I need some sort of controller ...
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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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How to differentiate SSD hard disk and a SATA hard disk based on physical appearance?

Without given the price of both hard disks and there is no PC nearby that you can connect both hard disk to see whether it is a SSD or SATA, so is there any way to differentiate ssd hard disk and a ...
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Can I connect a SATA harddisk to eSATA port without an enclosure?

If I understand it correctly, eSATA and SATA are running the same protocol. The only differences are 1) port shape 2) eSATA provides power supply I would rather not use an enclosure because I may use ...
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Hot swap in Ubuntu Server not working

I am running Ubuntu Server 10.04 (lucid lynx), and I just purchased a hot-swap compatible hdd bay and installed it. When I insert a hot-swappable SATA drive, the drive does not show up after running ...
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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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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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Windows 7 64 bits taking hours to load. Even the bootable Windows CD is behaving on the same way

I bought a wd5000aakx hard drive. It is one of that models that came with Advanced Format Drive. I did a clean install of Windows 7. Everything was working fine, and loading fast. But one time, after ...
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What's the difference between the Adaptec Hybrid RAID and MaxCache Using SSDs? [closed]

From this line of controllers http://www.adaptec.com/en-us/products/controllers/hardware/ Explained further here http://www.adaptec.com/nr/pdfs/product_overview.pdf My interpretation is as ...
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Which drive should i install the host operating system on Dell PowerEdge 2950

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2950 and there are 3 SATA 7200 drives (2 x 1TB, 1 x 300GB) and one SAS 15k drive (1 x 300GB). I want to install Ubuntu as the host OS with several guest OSes. Should I ...
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Does a SATA III controller for PCI-e 1.0 (x16) exist?

I'm trying to hunt around for a solution to a disk issue I have with my home server. Basically, I started to use it to stream video (going from a virtual host, it now does alot more). I see alot of ...
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Computer won't boot with any other hard drive but the one it currently has

Some background The PC in question is a P4, custom built with an Intel D945PVS motherboard. I built it back in 2006 and its hard drive died once, and I replaced it with another hard drive of the ...
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Windows 7 computer: Can I exchange the SATA cables of two drives without needing to re-install Windows?

Windows 7 computer: Can I exchange the SATA cables of two drives without needing to re-install Windows? this computer only runs windows 7. what's happening is that i have some backup software that ...
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How to plug-in this hard drive?

I need to install this hard drive "WD800JD-60JRC0". It is Serial ATA. But what really confuses me is that it has molex connector. I think I can plug what I want: SATA power cable or Molex. But which ...
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Is SATA 6GB/s Supported on Mid-2010 MBP?

I am planning on buying the http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-vertex-3-sata-iii-2-5-ssd.html (240gb) and I just wanted to check that I could achieve the maximum read/write speeds of the SATA 3. To be ...
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Cannot get Sata 6gbs: ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN 3, OCZ Agility 3 60g in Raid 0

Setup: 2x OCZ Agility 3 60gigs (2.15 fw) - On the 2 new sata cables that came with my new mobo connected to the two sata6 ports and verified in bios ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN 3 (latest/only bios) Bios ...
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How to interpret Sandra's results to determine if my motherboard supports SATA 3?

I ran SiSoftware's Sandra which gave me the following data: How can I interpret if this computer (HP Pavilion dv6-6b50ep Entertainment Notebook PC) supports SATA 3?
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ICH9 chipset weirdness: Computer hangs when AHCI mode selected

I can’t get AHCI mode to work on a Dell Optiplex 755. I’ve installed the drivers, but when rebooted in „RAID Autodetect/AHCI” mode, the system hangs. No Windows logo, no BSOD, nothing. Only a blinking ...
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SATA connector position on a hard disk

I have a external SATA drive enclosure that connects via USB to a PC/Mac and it accepts a bare SATA drive being slotted directly into the enclosure, much like a hot swappable disk you would find in a ...
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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 ...