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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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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SSD is acting strange in Asus K75VM laptop

I bought an Intel 530 SSD, 240GB, which supports SATA 3. The laptop is an ASUS A75VM-TY0877V, running Windows 8.1. There are not many drivers installed, as this is just a clean install (and yes, I am ...
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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 ...
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RAID 5 setup across SATA II/III

I have an ASUS P8Z77-V LK mobo with 4 SATA 3Gb/s and 2 SATA 6Gb/s. I'm considering purchasing 3 WD7500AZEX HDD's and putting them in a RAID 5 configuration. My question is, if I put the two ...
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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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gigabyte z77x-d3h not recognising hdd in bios

I have sata hdd and the bios is not recognising it. The hdd works as I have plugged it into a working pc and it appears. I have formatted in NTFS and run scandisk, no errors. is there any specific ...
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USB SATA adapter apparently not recognized

I purchased a new laptop and a SATA USB Adapter and tried to connect the internal disk of my old computer to my new laptop in order to save my data. My hard disk is Western Digital WD5000BEVT 500GB ...
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Seagate ST1000DM003 and USB-SATA bridge

I can't get that disk to work with my external case (bridge). Disk is spinning and recognized by Windows, but it doesn't recognize data on it, it can see only one big RAW partition when there are 2. I ...
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How to fix my hard drives

I’ve installed an extra hard drive into the pc so basically this is the setup. I had a 1 TB partitioned hard drive installed already and the pc was running brilliant until I needed more space and ...
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Corrupted HDD - SATA 160G 5400rpm for Laptop

I have a laptop, a HP 6910P with a Hitachi 160g 5400rpm Sata. This HDD drive me nuts since few hours because I hadded 1go of ram (3 total) in the laptop and since, issue over issues... When I added ...
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How to connect this laptop SATA HDD to regular desktop SATA cable?

How can I connect this laptop SATA HDD to regular desktop SATA cable? Please look at the picture for reference. I can't find any adaptors and not sure if any SATA dock has similar connector. EDIT: ...
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External Enclosure; USB to IDE & SATA. Only old sata drives are recognized by Windows. Why?

I have some hard drives (IDE) from my old PC and I need the files that are on it to put onto my new PC. My new PC has a SATA drive and it's an All-in-One HP PC. I bought an External Enclosure for ...
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Damaged disk recovery

I have a damaged hard drive. It works well until it reads a specific sector - it then shuts down and the only way to make it work again is to plug it in again. On the Error scan screenshot from HD ...
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What are (other) possible reasons for ``ata: hard resetting link``, after manually replacing head and electronics?

So I have this hard drive which died the Click Of Death after falling of a couch. As I cannot afford data recovery, I went the home-brew route. The head seemed broken, as I watched it moving without ...
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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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Is there a storage capacity limit for external hard-drive enclosures?

I'm looking to purchase a 2TB SATA hard-drive, and I want to get an external e-sata enclosure for it. When looking for possible enclosures I have noticed maximum storage limits for them (eg 750G, ...
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Burnt SATA Drive

By stupid curiosity, I've connected the FDD power cable to the jumper pins of a SATA drive, and powered on the system. The SATA drives controller is now burned out. Can it be replaced, and still ...
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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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What is the maximum hard disk size recognized by Amibios v1502?

I have a Seagate Barracuda 500GB hard drive that the BIOS shows the size as being 0MB in compatibility mode, and 4.14GB in AHCI mode. My motherboard is an ASUS P7P55D-E PRO. What is causing the ...
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How can I remove the option to eject SATA drives from the Windows 7 tray icon?

The Safely Remove Hardware icon in Windows 7 offers the ability to eject my SATA drives, including the boot drive. I don't see myself ever needing this - especially not from the convenience of the ...
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poor write performance with RAID 5 array

I have an Intel RS2WC080 RAID controller card connected to an array of 8 WD Black 4TB SATA3 drives, in a RAID5 configuration. While the read speed is ~750MB/s the write speed hovers around 45MB/s. I ...
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WD Black 2.5 sata drive slow on windows 8. Sector size is 4k. What gives? 40MBps write

WD Black 2.5 sata drive slow on windows 8. Sector size is 4k. What gives? 40MBps write. This is a brand new WD black scorpion 500gb drive, on a brand new Zotac Zbox Nano CI320, quad core with 4gb of ...
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AHCI driver installed but XP32 SP3 won't recognize it - only IDE

I want to get my existing Windows XP 32-bit installation to switch from accessing the primary active SATA drive via AHCI instead of IDE. XP was originally installed via IDE. I downloaded the ...
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RAID 10 “failure” after changing BIOS setting

I have been using a RAID10 setup for quite some time and today, after loading a saved BIOS configuration (for overclocking), it set my SATA mode to AHCI rather than RAID. I didn't notice this and ...
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Can I use a hard drive PCB from a lower-capacity model?

I sold an old 640GB 2.5" SATA hard drive on eBay, only to accidentally pull too hard on the data cable and ripping out the data connector. I've cancelled the eBay listing, and have been browsing for ...
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SATA(AHCI mode) - Why an OS needs a AHCI driver, while BIOS can boot from HDD?

What is the relation between AHCI and SATA? How come an OS cannot operate a SATA controller without an AHCI driver, while the BIOS knows how to boot of a SATA hard disk? What are the difference ...