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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Desmistifiying SATA hotplug

I have a BIOS that has an option to enable hot-plug on individual ports. I have a sliding enclosure for HDD and SSD (nothing more than a pass-trhu to power and a sata port) that allow me to cut power ...
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Unformatted Seagate SATA 3.5" internal hard disk casing 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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Dell Optiplex 745 crashes with SSD

I replaced the HDD with an SSD on my Dell Optiplex 745. Every 3 hours or so (it seems), the PC crashes, and reboots, and during reboot, it says there is no SATA device found. If I press ...
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Can I connect a SATA disk on a SAS connector on the motherboard?

I have a motherboard with a lot of SAS connectors. The motherboard manual specifies that: these connectors are for the SAS signal cables for SAS hard disk drives that allows up to 6Gb/s of data ...
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How to reset the Intel SATA controller ROM?

I recently attempted installing Windows Vista in AHCI mode. I suspect that this adventure has somehow rendered the built-in Intel SATA controller inoperable in AHCI mode. I started off with a clean ...
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Speed up PCI SATA controller boot

I have a Conceptronic CSATA600EXI V1, and that thing is REALLY good, but it takes around 10-15 seconds in the BIOS. I've tried to change the connection to only 1 internal SATA and 1 eSATA, but there ...
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What is the actual speed of SATA 3?

Google says it is running at 6Gb/s. The throughput is at 600MB/s. 600MB/s equals 4.8Gb/s. Does this mean that the bandwidth is 6Gb/s but the actual throughput is 4.8Gb/s ?
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Why can't I easily select which SATA drive to boot up into?

I am running a dell dimension 8400 with two SATA hard drives. I have an operating system on each drive, and would like to boot up into whichever one I want. When having both drives plugged in, ...
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Powering 2.5" HDD via SATA but transfer data using USB?

My Mini ITX Motherboard only has 4 SATA ports, so I have ordered some USB header to USB female converters. When they arrive I will have 4 USB 2.0' s inside my case. I know that USB 2.0 will not be ...
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Laptop died after using a SATA/IDE USB hard drive converter

So I think I have done something very bad, I have a HP laptop and wanted to recover some data from some old SATA and IDE drives. I Bought this ...
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BIOS hangs when SATA drive is attached, works with hotplug

The American Megatrends BIOS (latest version as of manufacturer) of a Shuttle XPC SH87R6 hangs at the very beginning (not even showing the CPU type) whenever a WD 3.0TB SATA harddisk is attached. It's ...
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How do I connect a IDE hard disk to a machine that only support SATA

Given that IDE to USB2 converter is not allowed to be use, how do one connect a IDE hard disk to a machine that only support SATA hard disks and have PCI slots only and yet achieve the highest ...
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How to troubleshoot my Bytecc T-300D dual SATA docking station not recognizing 1TB drives

I've a Lenovo laption running Windows 7, Premium Home Edition, 64-bit (service pack 1), and I bought a Bytecc T-300D to help with my data. I have three drives. A 500MB Seagate, 1TB Samsung, and a ...
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Why do I get wildly different file transfer speeds via SATA

Single windows PC, with 4 internal HDD's and one external HDD connected via e-SATA cable. My mobo is the older SATA 3, not SATA 6. I get wildly different file transfer speeds when transferring from ...
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What controls the HDD spindown (power cable or data cable)?

I am looking into putting together 1-2 sata drives on a dedicated board (similar to raspberry PI). I saw that there are some Mini-PCIe to sata adapters but these only contain the data link and the ...
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500GB WDC W50 drive fails to initialize, 100% health, cyclic redudancy error

I need help with a 500GB WDC WD50 00AVDS-63U7B1 hard drive that has a cyclic redundancy check, refuses to initialize and has 100% health according to Hard Disk Sentinel. I've been trying to fix it ...
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Storage reliable measurement standard for sd card, sata hard disk, ssd hard disk

Is there a measurement standard that measure the reliability for the following storage devices: sd card sata hard disk (regardless 2.5 or 3.5 inch) ssd hard disk (regardless 2.5 or 3.5 inch) ...
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Windows 7 ultimate not booting with new 3Tb HDD connected

I just purchased a new Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD as a secondary drive (data storage). For some reason Windows does not boot when this drive is connected and when entering the Bios the drive is not ...
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Sharing a hard drive between two hosts, one at a time

I have a large hard drive in my desktop computer. My laptop has an eSata port. Sometimes, I power-up the desktop PC, without booting, just to get juice flowing into the hard drive so that I can ...
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Replacing my hdd with ssd and placing hdd in odd drive bay

Hey guys i am thinking to upgrade to an ssd by removing my hdd and placing the ssd in place of the hdd and placing the hdd in the odd drive bay using a hdd caddy. Now the problem is that the odd sata ...
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Intel RST turned a disk off

I have an Asus ROG laptop and I got a BSOD while I was working and then after the restart, one of my partitions disappeared. This used to show two disks but it only shows 1 disk and the cd drive. ...
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Gateway computer doesn't provide enough room to add a new harddrive

I opened my Gateway PC (Gateway DX4860-EF22P) to add a hard drive, but I was surprised to discover that the manufacturer did not provide enough room to put the new hard drive. As you can see in the ...
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Could a bad SATA data cable on a DVD drive cause issues with programs that don't access the drive in Windows 8.1?

I had a very strange issue and solution on one of our Windows 8.1 workstations, and I can’t figure out how my solution would have fixed the problem. This is the workstation: Windows 8.1 x64 AMD ...
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Will A PCIe Sata Controller help me circumvent AHCI woes?

I have re-purposed an old machine to be a home server. The first thing I did was install Windows 7 to a spare C300 64gb Sata 3 SSD that I had. I realised after setting up, and updating windows, that ...
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Hard disk drive (SATA) slowed down but SSD still works fine on Windows 7

I currently have two hard drives, one is SSD (in which my OS is installed) and the other a SATA connected hard drive. I recently travelled for a week and left my computer turned on. When I came back ...
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Gateway NV5398U hard drive very slow to respond after upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1

This old but fully functional notebook PC worked as expected with Windows 7, just as fast (or slow, rather) as it was when new. After installing Windows 8.1, the graphics drivers were manually ...
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How can I replace a broken M.2 SSD mounting standoff for my motherboard?

I just bought an ASUS Z97M Plus motherboard. It has an M.2 socket. Here's a pic of the socket: I want to install this M.2 SATA drive: The drive is held in the socket by a screw in a standoff, ...
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Internal to external hdd isn't recognized

My old computer recently broke, so i got all the useable stuff i could get out, that includes the hdd. It's a hdd with a sata cable, so i thought it would be nice to use it as an external harddrive. I ...
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Hard drive (SATA) making trouble when connecting via USB

I have a hard drive from Western Digital (model: WD2500BEVS-75UST0) that is running without visible problems inside my laptop connected with SATA. However, once I connect it with an external case that ...
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Virtualbox switch from SATA to SCSI

I am trying to switch from using a SATA controller to using a SCSI controller (Porting VM to vSphere, no SATA support :( ) I removed the SATA controller, adding the SCSI controller, and connecting ...
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How to check if an attached SSD device is SATA or PCIe on Linux?

I have a machine with both SATA and PCIe SSDs attached. Is there a set of Linux commands (on Ubuntu or CentOS) that I can use to check if a given SSD is SATA or PCIe?
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Why would I choose a SATA SSD over an on-board mSATA SSD and vice versa?

The motherboard I am going to use to build my new computer with has an on-board mSATA port for an SSD. How is this different then a regular SATA SSD? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using ...
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Low speed on an 850 Pro RAID-0 array

I recently bought two Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs in order to replace an old SSD and build a RAID-0 array on my PC. So, the configuration of the PC is the following: CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU X ...
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Need help to install AHCI driver on Win XP without reinstall

Trying to find solution I came across this LINK here, but encountered lot of pain and questions which are not described. I have Gigabyte MB H61M and did not succeed to work it out. Here is my ...
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Do I need to upgrade my Intel SATA AHCI controller drivers?

I have an ASUS P8P67M Rev 3.0 and a OCZ Vertex II SATA 2 SSD running Windows 7 x64. I will be upgrading the SSD to a Samsung 850 EVO SATA 3. I've read in several sites that in order to get the ...
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Connecting IDE 3.5" to laptop SATA

Hey people I have this hard drive and I would like to connect it to laptop which has SATA connector, I could buy IDE to SATA adapter but what about the power supply?
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Why choose SATA 2 over 3?

Just installing an SSD into an HP Probook 6560b and noticed that Samsung Magician states that the drive is connected with SATA 2. I looked in the BIOS and SATA 2 (3.0gbps) was chosen, rather than SATA ...
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Is it possible to power a SATA drive from an 8-pin PCIe power connector?

I have a Dell Precision T3610 workstation that currently has two 3.5" SATA HDDs installed, and I'd like to add two more 2.5" disks in a hot-swap bay. I have two free SATA ports, but I'm struggling to ...
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Can a loose SATA hard drive disconnect itself because of vibration or shaking?

I have a WD Green 2TB which was working perfect until I've put it in a new case which doesn't use the standard screw system to fix the drives, but instead uses these plastic HDD trays which doesn't ...
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How to know if bad sectors are caused by physical or logical damage? [closed]

Is it possible to know whether bad sectors are caused by physical damage or logical damage on a hard drive?
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Out of Range Error on Monitor (win7)

We've got two PCs with different motherboards, graphic cards, HDDs, etc. PC1: HDD1: Maxtor - SATA - 240 GB - Win XP - Partition Drives C,D,E PC2: HDD2: Samsung - SATA - 500 GB - Win 7 - Partition ...
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2nd internal HDD causes Win XP to Freeze

We've got two PCs with different motherboards, graphic cards, HDDs, etc. PC1: HDD1: Maxtor - SATA - 240 GB - Win XP - Partition Drives C,D,E PC2: HDD2: Samsung - SATA - 500 GB - Win 7 - Partition ...
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HP envy SATA controller

I am trying to install XP on the secondary internal drive on an HP ENVY 17 j122na, I have been told that the driver is called 'intel rapid storage technology' so I copied the driver files onto a ...
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Performance of SSD w/ less RAM vs SATA w/ more RAM [closed]

Time to upgrade to a new development laptop. I'm trying to maximize performance which will include multiple virtual machines and android development. I believe there are 3 issues that will ...
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WD Black drive mounts fine with USB enclosure but with SATA

I am working on a Linux system that a brand new WD Black 1TB drive has been bought for (for use as a secondary/storage drive.) I set the drive up by first connecting to a spare BYTECC Smart Drive USB ...
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3.5" FDD to SATA / USB

Motherboards these days don't tend to have floppy cable/bus pins. It's a bit "old hat" I suppose. I have such a motherboard, but would like to connect an internal floppy drive to it. It's the sort of ...
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What happens if you plug an internal SATA disk into an eSATA port? [duplicate]

What happens if you plug an internal SATA disk into an eSATA port? Assume that the hard drive has been supplied power via SATA power cable and is not an eSATA drive.
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Drives not working after failed factory reset of NAS?

I got an old ReadyNas 1100 that had 4x500GB drives from start. One gave up so there were 3. I thought I should by some upgrade disks and went ahead and bought 2x2TB. Now begin the dream. I just ...
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SSD not detected after 2 days of power off

I have big problem with Plextor SSD M6S 128 MB (firmware 1.07). Last Friday I've shut down my computer and turned off the power strip. Yesterday evening, I tried to turn on the computer. When there ...
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How to format password protected HDD (SATA ?)

What I have tried so far: - Connect SATA/usb adapter but windows couldn't display the drive. - Booting with Ubuntu live but couldn't mount the HDD within SATA/usb adapter. - Direct plug the HDD in ...