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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Weird HDD Slowdown Issue

I'm experiencing a strange issue with one of my SATA HDDs. Basically I have two internal HDDs that I am connecting to the PC through a SATA-to-USB adapter. I am not keeping them inside the PC since ...
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Why does my motherboard with SATA 2 (3 GBPS) port / cable not properly read a SATA 3 ( 6 GBPS) HDD?

I've an old G31D-M7 motherboard which has 2 x SATA2 Connector. I recently got a SATA3 (6GBPS) HDD (Seagate Barracuda 500 GB - ST500DM002) but when I try to connect to it, it takes a long time to ...
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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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Windows 8.1 no longer sees my non-boot internal SATA drives

I've got a Dell XPS-8700 tower running Windows 8.1 Pro. I've had this PC for a couple of months, and installed two additional SATA drives from my old system. The boot drive is a 1Tb Western Digital ...
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Will SanDisk 64GB SATA Internal 2.5" SSD work with SATA II

Just a quick question, I have this motherboard asrock m3a785gmh and I'm planning to purchase a SanDISK SSD. Just want to make sure these two are compatible? I can not see a reason why they would not ...
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SAS and SATA together in a RAID

I have to build a new server with SAS drives for RAID 10. However, I have 2TBs of storage on 2x1TB SATA drives. Would it be possible to still plugin 2 SATA drives even if I run a hardware raid 10 ...
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Install PCI-E SATA driver on unbootable Windows XP

My SATA controller on motherboard died. I've pluged a SATA controller on PCI-E. BIOS recognizes it just fine, boots from it, but Windows XP, I assume, lacks drivers for such a controller and reboots. ...
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SATA/USB hard disks in Virtual Machine

I want to show my external USB hard disk as a SATA hard disk in a virtual machine but neither VirtualBox nor VMware give me that option. They only allow .vhd, .hhd, parallels hard disk, etc. ...
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Dead SATA controller on ASUS motherboard? [closed]

I'm resigned to RMA/replacing at this point, but for educational purposes, how does a SATA controller "die"? A few nights ago, my home-built workstation was idling and froze. I restarted by holding ...
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Cannot boot from primary hard drive when second hard drive is installed

Firstly, a bit of background: My 7 year-old laptop recently died, and I have now bought myself a PC. I want to transfer my files from the old laptop hard drive to the new one inside the PC. To do ...
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One excessive icon (Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media ) after changing the BIOS to AHCI

I installed the x64 version of Win 7. After that I modified the "regedit" and then changed the SATA selection mode to AHCI (which was in IDE mode before) in BIOS. But; 1- One excessive icon has been ...
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Why is 200 (octal) being subtracted from bytes written to / read from disk?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on a P8P67 Deluxe Asus motherboard, with 3 x 1TB+ WD Caviar Green SATA disks. When I run: cp /media/X/ubuntu.iso /media/Y/ubuntu.iso cmp -l /media/X/ubuntu.iso ...
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Hard drive not powering

I've got a SATA hard drive attached to a forensic write blocker (Tableau e35u), but the drive will not be recognized. This is because I can't power the write blocker when the drive is attached. The ...
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Booting Mac OSX HSF+ partition under virtual machine on Windows 7

I just retired a MacBook running OSX Mavericks. I have the SATA HDD, with a USB adapter. Is there any way I can boot this partition under a virtual machine on Windows 7?
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Performance SATA 1.5Gb/s controller and SATA 3Gb/s harddisk

Afaik it's no problem to use a SATA 1.5Gb/s controller with a SATA 3Gb/s harddisk (spindle, non-SSD) due to SATA backwards compatibility (ignoring Force150/OPT1 issues for now). To my understanding ...
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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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new computer boots fine but shuts down after 9 minutes when sata drives are attached [closed]

rebuilding a computer after a failed motherboard - went together well - windows 7 but if I connect the sata drives and boot the drive to the OS and let it sit - it shuts itself off after nine minutes. ...
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Disabling sata port in dell vostro 230s

In a dell vostros 230s which accommodates 1 DVD and 2 HDD, is it possible to disable one of the HDDs through bios?
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Two SATA 2TB drives in RAID-1 configuration; only one 6.0gb/s port open

Here's the scenario: I am building a computer that will act as a network storage device for local networked users, and a source code repository and backup device for remote users. The machine will ...
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Boot pogoplug from SATA hard disk

Lots of blog posts talk about installing debian to pogoplug. Usually debian is install in a usb flash drive, and some scripts are used to automatize the process. Example: ...
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Does the laptop power supply the SATA drive from battery even being powered off?

I have a Fujitsu Lifebook s762 with a native SSD drive. After a couple of months or so - the SSD became the "brick". I read the article and remembered, that just before the failure, I shut down the ...
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Hard Drive isn't showing in BIOS

I installed a new Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500Gb hard drive, but it's not showing in the BIOS screens. Furthermore, when I start the PC it produces a beep sound. Maybe the hard drive's rotation is ...
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Hard Drive Failure? Cannot run CHKDSK. Recovery?

I have WD My Book Essential 3TB external drive for more than 2 years now. It worked fine until about a month ago when it stopped being recognized. After extensive googling, I ran chkdsk /r on it and ...
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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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Drive unable to be initialized in Windows 8.1 - “The device is not ready”

I've got a Western Digital WD10EZEX drive that arrived today. It is a replacement for another drive of the same make and model. I'm plugging it in to a Plugable Hard Drive Dock, which is connected to ...
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Windows server 2003 x86 drivers issues

I cannot install the ahci driver(32bit, sata) in win2k3 x86; says that the driver isn't 32 bit (but actually it is). Also I cannot install the drivers for usb (usb mouse though works !?). The system ...
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How to install several hard-drives to Tyan S7025 motherboard

First of all, the disclaimer: I do not know much about computers. CONTEXT In February 2010 I purchased a workstation with a Tyan S7025 motherboard. This motherboard has 6 SATA ports (SATA0 to SATA5) ...
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Can I plug a 2nd hard-drive in the slot for the CDROM drive?

I've received a second 3.5" hard-drive and I'd like to plug it in my desktop computer. The desktop case has only one slot for a hard-drive (3.5") and another slot for a CDROM drive (5.25", I assume). ...
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Got a BIOS message telling of SATA port 5 failure. How to tell which drive that was in Windows 7?

Got a BIOS message telling of SATA port 5 failure (some time after plugging a new healthy SSD into a 4-5 year old PC). How to tell which drive that was in Windows 7? The largest Channel number in ...
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Alienware M17xR3 only 3gb/s speed with SSD

I have an alienware M17xR3 and a Samsung 830 SSD, I've had it for a while now but today I've installed Samsung Magician, and I've noticed the message that my maximum speed is 3gb/s and 6gb/s is not ...
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Only latest used SATA port recognized in bios

I'm having a problem with my bios reading my harddrives. I have two harddrives with two separate Operating Systems on it. I'm trying to be able to choose which harddrive to load through the bios. When ...
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What is the total SATA bandwidth of the Intel Z68 chipset?

Take a look at this page for the Intel Z68 chipset: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/chipsets/mainstream-chipsets/z68-express-chipset.html In the diagram, the line connecting the chipset to the ...
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Options for SATA ports on motherboard for Files server

I am planning to build a big file server. (Windows or FreeNAS). I need at lease 300T of space. what options do I have to RAID all disks together? I mean on physical level what kind of connection ...
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Windows Boot Manager Error with Multiple HDDs

I have a strange error with my Windows Server 2008 machine. I have 5 hard drives, different brands and capacities (from 300 GB to 2 TB). Normally, the computer runs perfectly fine, it is able to boot ...
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Unable to acces data on sata disk

I have a 1TB disk that today, without any warning, is asking to be formatted (on windows 7). I can't access the data on it anymore but I didn't get any sign of physical damage on it when I ran some ...
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Upgrading my laptop with a SSD, ODD bay vs built in

today I got my icy box hdd to odd upgrade kit and just before I actually put it in, I was wondering whether there is a reason to prefer one slot over the other. Basically I now have the option to ...
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No video on boot after installing 4port pci sata card (not e-sata)

I have a MSI k8t neo2-f motherboard and an older AGO vid card, not sure the specs or model on that... No on board video on the MB so that's not an option. When I plug in my new 4 port PCI sata card I ...
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Bad sectors? HGST Deskstar 3.5-Inch 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6 Gbps 64 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive [duplicate]

I'm running Windows XP (still!) with 2 hard drives, 2nd drive stopped working a couple of nights ago. PC crashed, restarted - heard a couple of beeps - not the usual start up sound. On starting pc up ...
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How do i remove internal SATA disks from the “Safely Remove Hardware” menu?

I have installed Windows 7 (Ultimate) on a pc with an ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX motherboard, which is an AMD AM3+ motherboard with an AMD 760G/SB710 chipset. Everything installed ok with the latest drivers ...
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how do I know if SSD disk can be used with my motherboard [duplicate]

I'm trying to find how to check if particular SSD disc can be used on my motherboard: Motherboard: Gigabyte EX58-UD3R SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit ...
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Did I just ruin my netbook drive?

I naively connected a SATA netbook HDD (2.5" drive) to my internal PC SATA data & power connections. The PC didn't boot up, I tried like 4 times. Thinking retrospectively, it's likely that the ...
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Why can't my ASRock N68-S3 UCC based machine access the full capacity of 3TB hard drives?

I recently bought a 3TB Western Digital Green internal hard disk, but discovered that I could only access about 768GB of the capacity on my current desktop PC. After some investigation, I've traced ...
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My 4TB Seagate Backup plus works externally, not internally

I just recently purchased a a 4TB Backup Plus and installed about 1.5GB worth of data. I connected it using the USB 3.0 input on my motherboard.. Works fine. .. I then decided to use the bare drive ...
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Why does CrystalDiskInfo did not show cache when using IDE SATA to USB2 Adapter?

When using CrystalDiskInfo on the hard disk that is connect straight to the motherboard of the Computer, I am able to get the cache info. However, when I use a IDE SATA to USB2 Adapter to connect the ...
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IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapter troubleshooting

I brought two Vantec IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapters, as shown below: It comes with the following items inside: However, I notice a strange situations as follows: I use the 1st set and format a hard ...
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HDD randomly turns off and then on

I have problem with my SATA HDD - it shutdowns itself from ocassionally, and then almost immediately turns back on again. It's system drive and the only one in my PC. I've disabled turning hdd off in ...
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Connect external SATA or PATA drive without USB?

A couple of times each month, a friend or relative will hand me a smoldering computer and ask me to retrieve the data then ditch the drive. I connect the drive to my trusty Frankenputer, copy the ...
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Access SSD from two Systems with Maximal Speed

I'm looking for a way to access an High-Speed Drive (SATA SSD, 500 Mbyte/s Read-Speed) from two computers with the maximal possible speed. Parallel accessing from both computers is not necessary. Both ...
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SATA1 hard drive not seen by BIOS anymore

I haven't had much success with storage at all because all my hard drive and USB drives have gone faulty and all on them on this very old PC except a few USB. Motherboard: ...
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Only 30MB/s transfer between two USB3 4TB External Hard Drives

I have a GPA-890-UD3H AMD motherboard with two USB3 ports and two USB3 HDDs that I want to transfer files between. For some reason I only get around 30 MB/s between the two drives. Although, i can get ...