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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High average response time from HDD

Specs: CPU: i5 2500k GPU: 6870 2GB Memory: 4gbx2 MOBO: Z68XP-UD3 HDD: ST31000524AS, WDC WD10EAVS OS: Win 10 Tech Preview. Past OS: 7, 8, 8.1 (problems occured on all of these.) Problem: So I ...
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Determine which physical HDD is which

I have an Asus M5A88-M motherboard with six identical SATA drives running Windows 7. One drive is the boot/OS drive and the others are just data drives, but I don't know which is which. Suddenly the ...
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Improve SSD performance on Windows 7 laptop

I got Asus k40in and I've just replaced it's HDD with new 120gb SSD (Kingston v300) to give it a new life as office machine; winsat disk shows ~225 MB/s sequential read and ~195 MB/s sequential write. ...
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Intel RAID controller failing to diagnose faulty disk

On my system (running Windows 7 x64) I have an Asus Z87 Deluxe motherboard, with a built-in Intel RAID controller; my config includes a Kingston 240-GB SSD disk for the OS and two Western Digital 4-TB ...
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Windows 7 sata disk not recognized after wake up from sleep state

My windows 7 x64 PC/server worked fine until I installed a brand new seagate SATA hard disk (2 TB). My first disk was a IDE Maxtor (250 GB). I tried to use it as a secondary drive leaving the maxtor ...
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what is the fastest way to copy all data to a new larger hard drive?

I was certain this would have been covered before, but I cannot find an answer amongst all the almost-duplicates that come up; sorry if I've missed something obvious. I have a full 320gb disk inside ...
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Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive only working with own sata/usb adapter

I opened up my Seagate Expansion Drive (3TB) to get to the hard drive itself. I wanted to use it in my PC and access it through SATA. But I cant mount the drive on linux. If I try to access it through ...
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How to get my Xbox360 drive recognized by JungleFlasher?

Problem: I want to flash my Xbox360 optical drive but when I connect it with a SATA cable to my motherboard it is recognized by Windows (as a BD drive) but not by JungleFlasher. When I start ...
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How can I determine the SATA controller version on Windows?

I have recently bought the ASUS N550JV-DB71 and am planning on replacing the Bluray Drive with an SSD. Is there any way that I can confirm whether the BD Drive is connected via a SATA 2 or a SATA 3 ...
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How to setup Raid0 while having a ssd has main boot

i tried setuping this up. SSD with windows to boot on 2 x 2T Hard Drive When i switched my sata configuration in my bios to Raid to configure the other disks, my main boot ssd stoped working. It ...
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How exactly do you hook up 16 drives to this RAID card?

http://www.lsi.com/products/raid-controllers/pages/megaraid-sas-9240-8i.aspx#tab/tab1 I'm utterly confused only because I'm not versed as well in enterprise storage capability and solutions. The ...
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Do I need to connect the jumper pins in a SATA hard drive to anything?

I am looking at replacing the 16GB SSD on my Chromebook (C710-2856) with a bigger, maybe a little faster SSD so that my laptop has room for more Linux stuff and maybe Windows 8 if I can find the ...
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External SSD drive(s) in USB enclosures are not being recognized by Mac OS X

I have two external SSD drives that Disk Utility Mac OS X on my 2014 MacBook Pro doesn’t see at all. The laptop basically gives zero indication that something has been plugged in. I’m connecting the ...
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Gigabyte GA-J1800N-D2H: mini-pcie ssd?

I'm currently building a HTPC and want to add a small System OS SSD to this board: Gigabyte GA-J1800N-D2H The specs list a Mini-PCIe port on that board, but the manual says it's only valid for ...
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Change CD drive from AHCI to IDE

I am installing FreeBSD, and getting a hangup error. I read that a fix is to change your CD drive from AHCI to IDE, but I can only find info on how to do this via the registry. How do you do this via ...
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Bandwidth of PCI SATA card VS built-in SATA

I have an older HP DL 380 G4 server that I want to utilize as a NAS. Currently it has 6 Hot Swap drives coming in at a measly 36.4 GB each – not exactly a ton of space. It does have a PCI slot ...
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Running Windows 8 on external HDD

I have an Acer A0756 netbook that originally came with an HDD and Windows 8. I wanted to upgrade the hard drive, so I switched the stock HDD for an SSD, on which I installed Ubuntu 12.04. However, I ...
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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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AMD RAID controller sees drives & RAID 1; Windows & RAIDXpert don't

I've got two SSDs I'm trying to work in RAID 1 on a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5. Here is the weird combination of all the different variables with a fairly ideal testing scenario (plenty of spare ...
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SATA Hard Disk Not Detected Through SATA to USB Adapter

I have this converter which allows to connect IDE or SATA to a PC through a USB port. I have connected a SATA hard disk without supplying power but the PC didn't detected it. Is the power through the ...
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My external HD turned to RAW - How to recover my data?

I have an external HD (WD MyBook Essentials) with all of my backups (1TB) for some unknown reason, when I try to connect the drive (Tried several interfaces: eSATA/plugged it into my PC/USB) I get ...
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Installing an SSD on my SATA 2 equipped notebook

With a negligible amount of knowledge concerning PC hardware I'm trying to figure out how to upgrade my Samsung ATIV Book 4 NP470R5E-K02UB notebook with an SSD. I didn't even know where to start so I ...
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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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Using an SSD drive on a SATA ICH9M/ICH9M-E controller [closed]

I have a five-year-old Dell Latitude E6400 laptop, and I was thinking about changing the SATA hard drive (Hitachi HTS723216L9A362) with an SSD. I found two models that could suit my needs, the Samsung ...
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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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Software to perform RAID on different drive technology (IDE, SATA, SCSI, SSD)

May I know if there is any software (in Windows) that can perform RAID on different type of drive technology in a single computer? From my understanding, Hardware RAID card is needed to perform RAID ...
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Sata III to Sata II Port

Lets see 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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SATA Drives On Intel 945 Board

I have an old/dead (assembled) Intel 945G Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz machine. I bought new seagate SATA HDD & SATA DVD Drive & connected to it. I have been facing below error while booting up: ...
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How to run SSD in XP with SATA hard drive to IDE adapter

Any tips please? I have a 840 EVO SSD, a SATA Hard Drive to IDE (ATA-133/100) UDMA PATA Adapter and XP. I have an old Dell Dimension 4550 with a soon to fail HD so since I have a spare SSD, want to ...
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When to change mode IDE to SATA?

I just received a new Samsung 850 SSD. I checked that disk controller mode should be SATA for better performance but in my case (Windows 7 OS on current old hard disk) it's set to IDE. Here is the ...
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SATA hot plug has no effect in Windows

I have one hard drive inserted into a mobile rack. The hard drive is connected to the SATA port, which is configured with Hot Plug ON. However, I cannot see any way to flush buffers of this drive or ...
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Unable to boot from SATA II and vista

I'm trying to use a SATA II hard drive on Toshiba Satellite notebook. The hard drive has vista installed on it from another notebook. After inserting the hard drive, the boot starts.. shows "Microsoft ...
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Software to check if a SATA III drive is connected to SATA III port?

I had an OCZ Vertex 256 GB drive installed in my PC at work, and the motherboard has SATA III ports. How do I check the drive is connected to a SATA III port and not a SATA II port without opening ...
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what does sata port color means with Dell Inspiron 580?

I got a Dell Inspiron 580 at home. The 4 SATA ports on motherboard are coloured as blue, black, white, black. See table: Sata1, Sata2, Sata3, Sata4 Blue black white, black Does anyone by chance ...
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Need help replacing SATA boot drive in WINDOWS XP SP2

My problem is I am trying to replace a SATA boot drive in a WIN XP SP 2 machine. I tried the same thing which works in IDE drives, namely, I copied all the files from old drive to new, then just ...
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Performance of MSATA to 2.5" SATA adapter

I have recently bought an MSATA SSD as well as an adapter case that fits into my laptop 2.5" SATA bay. I have connected it in two configurations: - first through the adapter to the 2.5" SATA slot - ...
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SATA 6Gb/s drive only works in legacy mode (SATA 3Gb/s)

I've got ASUS Sabertooth 990FX mobo (rev. 1.0) with AMD SB950 controller for SATAIII drives and JMicron JMB362 for SATAII drives. I've got Intel 330 SSD hooked up to SATAIII (AMD) controller and it ...
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How to use SSD as external drive and get the good performance?

I have my desktop which has windows 8.1 and I use it as my primary work station. I want to use Ubuntu 14.04 and I dont like to dual boot on my PC. I want to install ubuntu on external SSD and use it ...
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Can't boot from hard drive, otherwise fine

TL;DR: Stopped being able to boot from a drive, but it appears to work otherwise, what should I do with it? I've had a couple of Crucial SSDs since late 2011. No real issues, aside from one of them ...
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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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Do hard disk drives turn on 512e (512byte emulation of 4k sectors) as-needed depending on host controller?

I have a 4 TB hard disk that has 4k physical sector size (Advanced Format) and I attached it to two SATA host controllers (one internal and one in a USB enclosure). On the (older, about 2010) it comes ...
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Is using a laptop SATA hard drive in a desktop risky?

My laptop is almost dead, so I wanted to reuse every piece possible. I have connected my Hitachi 2½" laptop hard drive in my PC, and I am currently using it. Just making sure "Will it blow up?" ...
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SSD gone bad suddenly

Problem: A few days ago I had a crash in Windows 8. It was just freezing content by a little bit until the only thing that could move was the mouse pointer. I instantly got an idea it was something ...
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Replacing DVD-ROM with SSD on a Toshiba A200-1BP laptop

I use a Toshiba A200-1BP laptop and I want to replace the DVD-ROM with a SSD using an adapter something like this But I don't know if it will support placing an SSD or not since I don't know if the ...
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Bootable RAID1 instead of extra SATA drive

Here's the deal as a web developer I am total rookie in the hardware stuff, but since we make more money now and tried to experiment some stuff. I got this Raid1 (4 SAS Drives) and extra 3TB Sata ...
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Listing unused SATA ports on Linux

I have a physical machine running Linux (CentOS 6.3, specifically), and I want to know how many SATA ports are currently unused (i.e. nothing is plugged in). Of course, I could just pull the machine ...
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Linux: How to confirm bad ATA device? [duplicate]

dmesg listing this error string 14 times consecutively: [ 799.496637] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 [ 799.496683] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x4 [ 799.496710] ata4.00: failed ...
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SATA controller or disk failing?

Recently my laptop IO became deadly slow. I investigated a bit, and according to smartmon tools I have no errors on the disk, tough I'm getting a lot of errors in the syslog: ata2.00: exception Emask ...
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Independence of SATA channels and ports

I'm working on setting up a simple RAID and am wondering about how independent my SATA ports really are. There are 4 ports on the motherboard, but lspci shows only two controllers 00:0e.0 IDE ...
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Is my SSD runing AHCI mode?

So I switched my BIOS setting from IDE to AHCI, and when I booted up in windows 7 it reinstalled the drivers for my SSD. But I can't seem to find if it's currently running in AHCI mode or not. I've ...