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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Did disk drives get much faster over the last 10 years?

I wonder how fast the disks were in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010... I seem now able to make a whopping 80MB per second, although random access time is pretty awful still. Is the speed of drives still ...
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Is SATA bandwith per Port or per Controller?

I always assumed that it was per Controller channel, and that If I have 4xSATA 3.0Gb/s ports on my Motherboard then I should have a potential 12.0Gb/s of bandwidth. However, after doing some searching ...
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How to increase hard drive transfer speed

This is my motherboard GA-M61PME-S2 (SATA upto 3.0 Gbps) and This is my Hard Disk Samsung hd502hi Capacity 500 GB Cache 16MB Disks / Heads 1 / 2 Interface SATA 3Gb/s Spindle Speed ...
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Unformatted Seagate SATA 3.5" internal hard disk external enclosure to recover data

I used to have a desktop which was running on a 160GB internal hard drive. I moved cities, so I ditched the desktop and took out just my internal to the new place. The disk has Ubuntu 12.04 installed ...
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Disk Read Error whenever i install XP pro

I have a computer which has a raid 0 with 2 hard drives When i installed Vista on the computer it worked fine, saw the raid setup and allowed me to install quickly But like most people i hated vista ...
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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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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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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 won’t start up Windows directly from Intel 335 SSD [duplicate]

I recently got a Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 (14 inch) laptop and want to install an SSD (Intel 335 series 240gb SSD) from my old machine. So, right now, whenever I start it, it takes me to a menu where ...
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SATA hard drive issues

I'm trying to partition a SATA Hard Drive in DISKPART, but on executing the CLEAN command, I get this error message: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error. The hard ...
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How to measure data transfer speed between my internal SATA HDD and External USB HDD?

How to measure data transfer speed between my internal SATA HDD and External USB HDD? I purchased new Seegate freego USB HDD but when i copy somthing from internal HDD to USB HDD or viceversa data ...
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SATA-2 64MB cache or SATA-3 32MB?

I understand the difference between SATA-2 and SATA-3, and what L1-3 cache are. But I am trying to choose between two internal harddrives. Both are 1TB capacity, with 7200RPM. The difference between ...
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Can SAS drives work on a SATA motherboard

I have a Supermicro X8STi-F motherboard and would like to know if I can use SAS drives on it. I am not concerned with RAID right now, just if the drives will work. Or does the fact the motherboard is ...
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Trouble with new hard drive on old computer, and BIOS update

My motherboard is an Asus K8V-X. I was using a 250GB Maxtor SATA hard drive ever since I bought this computer, and the dreaded click of death finally showed up. So I bought a new 500GB Samsung SATA ...
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Can I use a second power supply for hard drives? [duplicate]

I have an old Pentium-M based Shuttle PC that is great as a backup NAS solution at home, where I prefer low power consumption over speed. It only has two SATA ports. However it has a PCI slot and I ...
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Transferring IDE hard disk to SATA-only motherboard

I have an IDE hard disk and want to move it to a new computer. However, that computer only supports SATA and I doubt it will boot from a PCI IDE card. Using a connect that converts the IDE to SATA, ...
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Is it normal for a SATA drive to show 0MB size in BIOS?

Right, so this is the first time I've attempted to build a computer that will use a SATA disk. Disk Details are as follows Seagate 7200.12 ST3500413AS PartNo. 9YP142-303 Firmware JC45 Date Code ...
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3TB SATA hard drives into an old Linux system

I have a 3 year old PC with 4 internal SATA ports. My old SATA hard drives, all smaller than 2TB, work fine. If I buy a 3TB SATA hard drive, will it work in Linux? Will Linux with GRUB be able boot ...
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How can I get or make a USB to SATA-power cable?

I have a 2.5 inch SATA SSD that I want to power from an internal USB port. The SSD requires 5 volts, so I see this as being possible. I already have the data connection for the SSD, I just need to ...
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Can I insert a SATA II (3Gb/s) drive into a SATA 6Gb/s slot?

The general form of this question is "Can a SATA II SSD plug into a SATA 6Gb/s port on a motherboard?" I am looking into building a PC, but I would like to get an SSD for my OS and some programs that ...
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Connect a 2.5" (laptop hard disk) SATA hard disk to Desktop PC

Can I connect a laptop SATA hard disk to Desktop PC? Do I have to use some adapters or I can just plug in SATA power connector and SATA data cable like my Desktop hard disk is connected? I noticed ...
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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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PCI-E SATA Controller

i'm trying to find a SATA Controller that has a PCI-E connecction of at least 4x, and has also at least 4 channels for SATA disks. I need it to make a real raid 5 system, the fakeraid on my ...
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Seagate 7200.12 Not Recognized by System

So a friend of mine had a Seagate 7200.11 drive die on him (which, after investigating, is no surprise at all). He had backups, so I told him to go get a new drive, and I'd take care of the ...
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Do eSATA HDD docking stations have a capacity limit?

I'm looking at perhaps buying an eSATA docking station to be able to easily plug in and unplug hard disk drives, particularly but not necessarily only for backup purposes. Note: This is not a ...
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How can I determine if a certain hard drive will fit my chromebook?

I have a Chromebook C710-2856, and I want to install a 64 GB REALLY fast SSD. I want to so this so that I have enough room for windows 8, which I will be installing. I am aware that the drivers for ...
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New hard disk making noise

I bought a 250GB SATA Seagate hard disk 15 days ago for 70 $ . After formatting for 2 times [I had to for faulty installation] the disk read/write speed have dropped significantly. It's also making ...
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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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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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Hard Drive Ultra DMA CRC Error Count

I've read every single question related to this topic and really haven't gotten any answers. These suggestions: Try different cable. Look if cable connector is connected good with connector on ...
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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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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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Will a 2010 MacBook Pro without SATA III benefit from a 6 Gbps SSD?

I currently have a 2010 Macbook Pro 13" with a 60GB Vertex2 (sandforce) SSD as a boot/apps drive and a 750GB spinning platter for my home directory (lots of VMs, photos, music, etc). I've been ...
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What is the exact capacity of 1000GB HDD?

1 GiB = 1024 * 1024 * 1024 bytes 1 GB = 1000 * 1000 * 1000 bytes That is easy! I don't want to talk about this! I have laptop which should have (according to seller) 1000 GB. That is 1000 000 000 ...
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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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Diagnose Issues with USB External Hard Drive

I have a 1TB SATA hard drive in a third-party USB enclosure hooked up to my computer via USB. The drive has become increasingly unreliable, randomly unmounting and remounting in Windows, making ...
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Repeated BSODs (0x7A) while Win 7 is running

I repeatedly encounter BSODs with this error code: 0x7A - KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR My computer is running Windows 7 (all the latest updates and service packs installed). I already looked up the ...
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Cannot boot to HDD or Optical when Motherboard in AHCI mode

I have an Abit AB9 QuadGT motherboard and am trying to swap over to AHCI mode. I have an existing Windows 7 installation which was installed under IDE mode. I have set the msahci registry setting to ...
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SATA HDD stuttering on reads (LED on)

I hope I can get some new ideas to solve the issue. What I have: AMD Phenom II X4 905e Box, Sockel AM3 Gigabyte GA-MA790XTA-UD4, AMD 790X, AM3 ATX WD Caviar GreenPower 1,5TB SATA II 4GB Kit OCZ DDR3 ...
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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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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 use ...
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Asus SATA drivers for Win XP repair

I need to run a repair install on Windows XP on a Seagate SATA drive. It's plugged into an ASUS motherboard. The repair doesn't recognize the partition (unknown) and from what I understand, that's ...
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Sata III to Sata II Port

After looking at all of the information that I have from the web. I find that it is okay to hookup a SATA III device to a SATA II port or vice versa. The only thing that I have not being able to ...
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differences between Spinning down 3.5“ HDD vs. spinning down a 2.5” HDD?

I'm using a simple USB to Sata/IDE adapter to connect a sata drive to Raspberry Pi2 running OSMC. (the adapter you can get on ebay for a couple of dollars) When I have a 2.5" laptop HDD connected, I ...
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Using a large capacity drive in windows 8.1?

I bought a 4TB Western Digital drive, and also have an external 3TB USB 3.0 drive. I'm using that enclosure to test a bit. Using USB 3.0, I can format both drives and use them- life is good. But if ...
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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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How to identify an SMPS can power both SATA, and IDE devices?

I have an old P4 with 2 UDMA HDD (totalling around 300G of storage, with a decent amount of real-estate yet to be used) purchased a replacement m/b + processor for my upgrade intend to move one of ...
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Having trouble recovering data from an older Seagate HD

I am trying to recover files from an older HD (Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500Gb). I am really just hoping to get some family pictures off of it. It was at one time running Windows (I'm not sure which ...
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Drivers for VT6421A Controller Card

The hard disk controller on my motherboard went out, so I'm trying to install this VT6421A PCI controller card. Unfortunately, I've looked at a couple of posts on SuperUser and other forums, but I ...
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Hard Disk fail?

I'm having curious (but somewhat fatal) behaviour of a HDD since yesterday night. My pc was happily doing a backup of my photo collection from an internal HDD to an external one while I was reading ...
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Which RAID controller should I use?

I am trying to consolidate content from a number of Buffalo and Drobo NAS units into a single Windows 2008 Server as direct attached storage (there is currently about 11 TB of content and it is ...