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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Find whether a SATA port is available from within Windows 7

A relative has a faulty DVD drive connected by a PATA connector to the motherboard of his computer. Since most new DVD drives are SATA, I wonder how can I tell if I would be able to connect a new SATA ...
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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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Two SATA-3 vs four SATA-2 SSD drives in RAID 0 [closed]

I have a relatively old motherboard (msi BIG BANG-XPOWER) that has 8 SATA ports, 6 of which are SATA-2 and 2 of which are SATA-3 and I'm thinking of creating a RAID-0 array of two or four SSD drives. ...
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How to use FDE SATA drive with USB cable

I have a Seagate Momentus FDE (full disk encryption) drive. It works fine in my laptop - after I enter the password. I would like to use this drive with a USB/SATA cable (like this). However, there ...
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What cable do a need to connect a SATA SSD to a computer with eSATA and USB plugs?

I have a laptop (Dell Precision M 6700) with an eSATA plug and some free USB ports. What type of cable do I need to plug the SATA SSD to the eSATA and power it? Is there a cable with eSATA on a side ...
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How do I find out if I have SATA 2 or SATA 3?

I need to upgrade a Dell Inspiron 5520 mid 12 laptop with a Samsung 850 pro SSD. How do I check whether my laptop with a 3rd gen i7 processor has SATA 2 or SATA 3?
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Two SATA hard drives on one SATA channel [closed]

If you connect two SATA hard drives to one physical SATA port using SATA splitter cable, what BIOS will display under that SATA port? How can such splitter cables work? SATA is designed in the way ...
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Bios won't boot my HDD (but he can see it)

I have a laptop ASUS A56CA moderboard model K56CA. I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and everything was working then I updated to a new Bios version flashed using Asus FlashUtility. The ...
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SATA Connector Stress Impact on Reliability [closed]

As we fill up a mid-tower case with more drives, the SATA cables get rather tricky to get in a position so that they enter the connection near perfectly aligned so as to not put any stress on the SATA ...
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What kind of cables does one use to connect SAS expanders?

I have recently purchased an expensive hard-drive controller. This question is about the cable that came with it; Two of the connectors fit into a regular hard drive of the SATA (and SAS) standard. ...
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Slow data transfer between two SATA III HDDs

Is 30 MBps (30 megabytes/sec) an acceptable data transfer speed for SATA III to SATA II copy? I'm copying data off one HDD into another. Both HDDs are Seagate ST3000DM001, one from 2012 and other ...
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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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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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How Do I Get My Seagate Harddrive To Show Up In SeaTools Using A USB To SATA Adaptor

Application Being Used: SeaTools For Windows Hard Drive Model: ST320005 42AS Interface: USB-To-SATA Adaptor I keep running into an issue when trying to use SeaTools from Seagate. I have a USB to ...
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Reboot causes DegradedArray event on Raspberry Pi

I tried to setup a RAID1 with two external SATA drives connected over USB to my Raspberry Pi (Model B+ running Raspbian Wheezy). The disks are both new Western Digital WD20EZRX drives with 2TB ...
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Why can't Windows Server 2008 R2 (during clean install) find ANY device drivers?

I am trying to get a fresh install of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard (64-bit) onto a (somewhat dated) Dell PowerEdge 1800. I'm am using the bundled Adaptec CERC SATA1.5/6ch RAID controller, and have ...
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3.5" HDD not spinning up connected to Notebook. Notebook and HDD are technically fine

I connected a 1TB 3.5" HDD with a breakout cable to my notebook. When I start the notebook, the HDD is not spinning up nor is it getting recognized. I toggled the Bios options AHCI on/off and LBA to ...
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Maximum SATA drive size for Intel DP35DP?

I've got an Intel DP35DP motherboard on which I am trying to connect a WD Green 3TB drive. But the BIOS (and Win 7) only recognizes it as 750+G. I've tried to find the specs for the DP35DP to figure ...
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Reading an old XP Drive on a Windows 7 unit

I have my mom's old PC and I cannot get her old HD to show up when I connect my SATA read cables up to her hard drive externally. I am wondering if her HD died over night or if I am missing something. ...
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BIOS not detecting a fully functioning HDD that has worked in a different system

Hey guys I have a Samsung NS310 netbook and I seem to have the following problem that I cannot figure out.. maybe you will be able to help me :) So... My hard disk is not being recognized by the BIOS ...
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Is my disk drive (SSD) failing?

Just wanted to confirm my suspicions that I have a failing drive on my hands. So far here's what I've experienced: I initially got a BSOD while doing normal web browsing After rebooting; said there ...
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A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart new hard drive

I searched a lot of sites, and I still can't find the solution. I just bought new hard drive (sata 2) and I replaced the old one (sata 3). When it started to boot installation started from USB ...
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SSD and USB connections

Today I took apart my computer which housed two SSDs working as separate drives. Now I don't really need them in another computer and since they still have tons of life left, I want to use them as ...
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can't plug in IDE drive to Dell Precision 380

I have Dell Precision 380 and want to add an IDE Hard drive to it. The IDE drive is Seagate and Jumper settings are I unplugged the IDE cable from the CD drive and tried that way but it won't ...
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2 slot external hard drive dock with 1 eSATA connection?

Does anyone have experiencing using a dual slot external hard drive docking station with only one eSATA port on the back? Do both drives show up in the OS even though only one eSATA cable is ...
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How to Add Additional SATA Power Connectors?

I need to add additional SATA power connectors to a new machine. I am used to adapters using a Molex connector but the one I have on hand (Christmas eve) isn't familiar to me at all (please see ...
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SATA HDD detected in BIOS but not in Windows 8.1

I have a 500GB hard drive that is detected by Windows after boot when connected by USB 3.0 but when I attempt to connect it by SATA, it is not detected by Windows. The SATA power and data cables ...
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My computer recognizes only one SATA disk

I ran into a disk crash (system doesn't start) but data is available. it was a 2TB WD green. So I bought another one and installed Windows 8 on it, but the system only sees the new one. I started ...
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Which SATA port to use for Intel SSD with Dell Optiplex 990?

I just bought an Intel 520 Series SSD and I have 4 SATA ports on my Dell Optiplex 990. SATA0 - dark blue, SATA1 - black and SATA2 and SATA3 - white. On the datasheet of Dell Optiplex 990 I can not see ...
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Bad SATA cable suddenly? (MacBook Pro mid 2012)

OS X 10.9.2 Story SSD crashed due to kernel panic (Crucial M4). Data was still on it when I plugged it in via USB. Wiped and tried to reinstall via Time Machine, extremely slow transfer rate (est. ...
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SATA Multipliers Power [closed]

I am currently looking forward to buy a SATA multiplier so that I can have multiply SSD drives using a single SATA port. My question is regarding the product bellow product. ...
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Hybrid drive in ASUS K551LN laptop - only AHCI mode in SATA Mode Selection in BIOS

I recently bought ASUS K551LN laptop with hybrid drive in it (didn't ask for it, it just happened that this model came with it). As SSD partition is only 24Gb which is not enough to install OS onto it ...
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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 ...