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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Trying to recover failed HDD. With the SATA power cable plugged in to this other computer, it fails to POST.

At first I was having issues with all my hard drives, but I after some tweaking with this test config, all my HDDs work... Except the one I'm trying to recover in the first place. Its a newer one with ...
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Is mixing software RAID disks across SATA and eSATA going to have any issues?

I have two eSATA drives running successfully in a software RAID on CentOS. I would like to make this a three disk mirror RAID by adding the third drive from the internal SATA drive. Are there any ...
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Upgrading my disks to improve access performance

My motherboard is a few years old (USB 2.0, SATA II etc), but before I make a big jump upgrading the mobo, cpu, gpu etc, I'd like to start with just upgrading my hard drives. My SATA drive is failing....
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R900 with Discs larger than 4TB

My Hardware Dell PowerEdge R900 with LSI Logic / Symbios Logic MegaRAID SAS 1078 (rev 04) R900 Technical Specifications About Hard Drives it says maximum for 3.5” 2.0TB SATA. This is an older ...
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Will USB2.0 supply power enough for 3.5" HDD?

I've got Toshiba DT01ACA050 500GB HDD. It is specified in HDD as 5v 420mA,12v 420mA.Does this mean i can operate HDD with help of USB to SATA cable??
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Toshiba hard disk write rates don't seem to be ok

I bought every component of my computer independently, I have a Toshiba (500 GB, SATA III) hard disk. Every part of the PC is working fine, also, RAM usage is right and CPU usage is perfect. I was ...
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upgrade controller to SATA 3

my laptop (Dell 5537) has one SATA-3 connection and a SATA-2 DVD reader/writer. I've removed the DVD and placed an extra HDD in its place. So now I have a SSD in SATA-3 port and a HDD in SATA-2 DVD ...
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Mount Phyical Sata HDD to Two VM's at the same time?

I am running proxmox on an HP Proliant ML350 G5. I want to Mount a Physical Sata hard drive to two VM for simultaneous Read/Write. I can add the disk to the VM's but will data corruption or errors ...
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Offline NT Password changer won't recognize the hard drive, which is a SCU device (not SATA), alternatives? [duplicate]

The device is show as following in devices in BIOS: SCU device 1 WDC WD 500... Model is Lenovo ThinkStation S30. What are the alternative software/method? There are several unlock software but I don't ...
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Upgrading to SSD (Intel SSD Pro 1500) in Thinkpad T520 [duplicate]

I have a Thinkpad T520 with Windows 10 installed, it supports SATA III. I found a Intel SSD Pro 1500 for a good price in local craigslist. This SSD is made for business laptops, and the one I found ...
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What does “SATA ESP” (“Set SATA PORT1 to External SATA Port”) do?

I am looking in my Asus motherboard's BIOS setup screen for an option to enable SATA hotplug. I couldn't find such an option, but I did find a set of per-port options labeled “SATA ESP on PORT1” ...
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Beelink I68 8core android tv box

I recently purchased a Beelink I68 8 core media box to run Kodi on but couldn't resist the urge to pry it apart and look inside after noticing in the system settings a dead link for SATA setting, it ...
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HP ProLiant DL180 Gen9 20-pin drive power connector pinout

I bought a HP ProLiant DL180 Gen9 server in 12 LFF (3.5-inch) HDDs configuration. Now I'd like to put two additional 2.5-inch SATA HDDs inside the case to serve as system drives. As a configuration ...
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SMART says my hard drive is okay, but it's randomly respinning. What is happening?

I have a 320GB WD Caviar SATA hard drive on a 2007 desktop machine. Lately it has taken to randomly spinning down and up again during active usage (streaming a video off it, for example: the disk ...
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Has anyone successfully used the new usbstor MaximumTransferLength parameter?

Some time ago, Microsoft added support for specifying the maximum transfer size to the usbstor driver (see KB2581464 at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2581464). I have been unable to actually ...
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Upgrading mSATA or M.2 w/adapter in IDE/PATA Powerbook G4?

this is my first question here: I would like to upgrade my 17" powerbook G4 (running MacOS10.4.11 on 1,5GHz, 2GB RAM, 160 GB HDD (IDE/PATA)) - with, for example, a 250GB mSATA or M.2 (SATA) SDD (60-...
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Why am I getting more and more ATA bus errors over the time which can be fixed by un- and replugging the HDD caddy?

I have an internal SATA connector and a HDD caddy in my Lenovo IdeaPad Z500-Touch. No matter which HDD (tried 1TB HDD and 2TB HDD) or SSD (Samsung Extreme 256GB) I put in the caddy (I tried two ...
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Powering a SATA HDD using usb y cable

Can i use This Sata and Sata Power To Usb Cable To connect my 60gb fujitsu 2.5" hdd (sata) in a Pc externally where i would connect one usb into PC and another in a samsung mobile charger adapter (...
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Hard Drive Not Showing Up In The Boot Order

Since I try to install VMware on one of my PC, the HDD is not showing up in the boot order but I can see it in the SATA device list. If I try to install Ubuntu Server or Linux Mint, the both OS can ...
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IDE to SATA converter not working. Incompatible or faulty?

I bought this cheap (2$) IDE to SATA adapter, connected it to my IDE hard disk, my sata motherboard and power plug and it does not function. A red light is lit on the little board but it just delays ...
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Which Connecter Is The Correct One

I have a Compaq 5008MT desktop, with the standard hard drive & DVD Drive installed. I purchased a 1 TB Sata drive, and opened it up only to realize, I have a free SATA connecter on the ...
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HDD to SSD file transfer very slow

I'm using Fedora 22 Linux, and just got a brand new Samsung 850EVO 250GB SSD. I'm trying to move some of my files (mostly, my most-used games) from my old HDD to my new SSD but the transfer speed is ...
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Can I use an asus MB with a sata 5-port multiplier?

I have an Asus M5A99FX Pro R.2 and all the available SATA ports are being used. From the user manual of the MB it seems it uses the AMD Chipset 990FX/SB950 (see picture below), yet even after reading ...
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PC (even BIOS) doesn't load, when SATA SDD HDD is plugged

this morning I was working on PC and needed to restart. However, after restart, PC doesn't load. It gets stucked even before bios (on ASUS logo screen). I can't do anything - load BIOS, boot, nothing. ...
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How can I find SATA driver for LG 15U560-KA51K laptop?

I've got a LG laptop 15U560-KA51K which was made in December 2015. Originally Windows 10 was installed, but I'm trying to install Windows 7. I can't find a SATA driver on korean LG website, so I can'...
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How to upgrade/change BIOS on VIA VT6421 add-in card (if possible)?

(In fact no duplicate, but meant as a complement of this question: Drivers for VT6421A Controller Card ) While Q935612 was for card drivers, mine is not. My question is OS independent, as I want to ...
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What SATA version do I have?

I wonder what SATA version my laptop uses as I intend to install an SSD and want to choose the most suitable TRIM options in (probably Debian) Linux. The information presented by smartctl is: Model ...
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Many Transition from drive PhyRdy to PhyNRdy causing latencies in Windows 7?

My old Windows 7 pro sp1 laptop is becoming slow. It freezes randomly for between 1 and 3 seconds before displaying a context menu, or when switching between windows. After long searches, I suspect ...
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Cannot run BIOS with any SATA device connected to Mobo

Just built new PC but can't run the BIOS. I remain stuck on the splash screen. I have DVD-RW drive in SATA1, SSD in 2, hard disk in 3. If I disconnect them all from the motherboard then I can ...
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Broken DVD drive sata port

I have a blue ray DVD drive, which uses sata to connect it to the mobo. On the DVD drive, contacts in the sata port broke off into the sata cable and now the drive has a few pins where I should plug ...
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HDD Guardian reports ATA error

I have just ran HDD Guardian on my Hitachi Travelstar 7K1000 hard drive (2.5, 7200rpm) and noticed that the drive reported an ATA error. The error occurred 37 hours (of disk power-on time) ago, and ...
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Windows won't boot after adding new hard drives

I took two WD external drives, took them apart, and installed them inside my PC. They are attached with sata to a pci expansion card with sata ports. When they are connected the PC freezes at the "...
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Harddrive slows down, sata errors on boot

Full rundown: This is not a new drive, I've had it for a while as an ntfs drive and I decided to install it into my linux server and switch it to ext4 filesystem. I partitioned the 4tb drive using ...
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Fujitsu A514 notebook SSD runs on SATA II speeds even though SSD and motherboard supports SATA III

The problem is as in the title, I am getting lower speeds. My laptop: Fujitsu Lifebook A514 My SSD: Kingston UV300 120GB There is not much in the BIOS, just an option to turn SATA on or off. Here ...
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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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Windows 10 can't find 2nd hard disk

In my desktop machine there are two disk, an SSD and a 1 GB SATA hard disk. Everything worked fine on Windows 8.1. Then I've installed Windows 10 successfully with the hard disk unplugged. After ...
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External USB hard drive appears as USB to SATA device and won't automatically assign drive letter

I can assign it a letter every time i plug it in (which requires a restart, since the drive letter i assign it in diskmgmt stays occupied until i shut my pc down), and it will work fine from then on, ...
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HDD Failure, SATA failure or both?

After 3 years running a DELL T110 server with Linux Debian and ProxMox version 2.6.32 I started getting the following messages (Running dmesg shows tons of these messages): ata4.00: exception Emask ...
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How to access data on a password-protected SATA hard drive

My Lenovo S10-2 laptop died. I'd like to get the data off the hard drive. The problem is that there is a hard drive password applied to the drive. Of course I know the password, but I have no way of ...
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HDD or SATA controller issue?

Recently my system is showing high iowait after using it for 1-2 hour even if it stay idle in the mean time. I have looked into /var/log/syslog and the content is as follows: Jan 1 00:43:48 bolt ...
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1800MB/s sequential R/W on a SATA 3 SSD?

I ran CrystalDiskMark on my SATA 3 connected Samsung Evo 850 SSD, and it reported a 1839MB/s sequential read speed, and 1676MB/s write speed. SATA 3 has a maximum of 750MB/s and Samsung says at best ...
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GA-H170N-WIFI M.2 connector shared with SATA?

So I'm putting together a parts list for a new home server that also functions as the house's NAS. The MB I've been considering is the Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI but I'm getting confused about how many ...
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Why are there different lengths of contacts on SATA connectors?

I have looked around, but cannot seem to find out why. On SATA drives (2.5 and 3"), there are variable lengths to the copper contacts on both the data and power ports on the drives. These variations ...
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Can I connect my laptop's (VAIO VPCEB26FG) hard disk to my desktop's sata cable and to desktop's SMPS power supply and take data backup?

Can I connect my laptop's (VAIO model VPCEB26FG) hard disk to my desktop's SATA cable and to desktop's power cable supplied by SMPS and take data backup? Or does it cause voltage issues and damage the ...
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Hdd speed goes lower. 2 Internal HDD

hey i was using 320gb hdd today i install 1tb another hdd. after that 1tb hdd get 180mb/s but 320gb gets 99mb ? why? and isnt both should get 180mb/s? using both sata2 cable /dev/sdb: Timing ...
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Windows 7 Install SATA AHCI controller driver “could not be installed”

I'm attempting to install Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit from a USB flash drive on my new PC, but my SSD is not being recognized and the AHCI driver is failing. Whenever I boot into the Windows 7 ...
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Windows 7 installer asks for CD DVD drivers, but need SATA driver and doesn't accept them

During the installation of Windows 7 via USB-Stick on a new PC, windows asks for driver: German text from windows. I have only german as installation language. Ein erforderlicher CD-/DVD-...
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Ubuntu 14.04 64Bit : Cursor lag when mouse cursor changes?

I'm facing the exact same issue as mentioned in the link but on Ubuntu 14.04 64 Bit. Problem Facing: Mouse pointer freezes for around 300 ms whenever the cursor icon changes: On hovering from ...
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Does the Acer E5 support Sata3?

I am considering getting an SSD for my Acer E5 machine. Looking at the machine's specs, I can't figure out if it has SATA3 and will support fast SSD speeds. The machine is a E5-573-55W1. Here are ...
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How can I protect a hard disk being read when drive is inserted into another computer without using encryption?

Besides using an encrypting-filesystem on-disk, what other options are there for password-protecting a hard disk, so that when it is removed from a computer's encasing or laptop its contents cannot be ...