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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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: ...
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Is to possible to achieve the SATA II's 3Gbps (375MBps) between home network storage and home computers?

Gigabit ethernet only has 1Gbps (125MBps), whereas SATA II has up to three times that rate. Is it possible to achieve the rate of three times Gigabit ethernet connection which is SATA II speeds, ...
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Motherboard/PSU crippling USB and Sata

I very recently bought a new desktop computer. The motherboard is: Z77MX-D3H and the power supply is ocz zs series 550w. The issue I have is that once I boot to the operating system (I have tried ...
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Can WD3200AZRX SATA-3 hard drive work on SATA-2?

I am buying new hard drive today, but I am worried that it will not work on my motherboard Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3. I want to buy this hard drive. It's pretty expensive and I don't want to get ...
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Win 7 - Serial ATA Controller driver missing, computer running slowly

After talking with a tech support guy, he diagnosed the slow performance of my computer as being likely rooted in the fact that I was missing a driver (classic...). I opened Device Manager, and lo and ...
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Why is my ASUS P5SQL PRO not detecting my OCZ Vertex II 60 gb SSD?

Why is my ASUS P5SQL PRO not detecting my OCZ Vertex II SSD? I've unplugged all drives. I've systematically moved the SSD to SATA headers 1-6. I've also set the BIOS to use AHCI mode instead of IDE. ...
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Where is the internal DVD/CD-ROM drive with USB connector (not SATA)?

I wonder why internal optical drives are equipped with a SATA interface. Why not USB 2.0 or 3.0 instead? USB provides a transfer rate high enough and using USB to connect an optical drive would save ...
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Captiva SATA to USB 2.0 + Seagate Barracuda weirdness

We have got several Captiva SATA to USB 2.0 external enclosures which used to work fine with 1 and 2 TB Hitachi drives. Now, Hitachi is gone so we had to switch to a different manufacturer and choose ...
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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 ...