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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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 ...
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SATA hard drive issues

I'm trying to partition a SATA Hard Drive in DISKPART, but on executing the CLEAN command, I get this error message: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error. The hard ...
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Windows 8 install problems on HP Pavilion TouchSmart 23-f221ea All-in-One Desktop PC

I'm attempting a fresh Windows 8 install on completely brand new SATA hard drive, purchased yesterday and with the official Recovery Disks that were sent to me by HP. I think I may have inadvertently ...
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Some questions regarding building a SSD (into my Fractal Design Define R5 Case)

I am looking to upgrade my build with a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD. I have never built in a hard drive, and I'm generally not really familiar with adding components to my computer. I know the routines, ...
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Find Hard Disk Information under Ubuntu

What's the reliable way to find out Hard Disk Information under Ubuntu, after having been booted for several days? $ uptime 21:18:59 up 15 days, 10:46, 11 users, load average: 1.01, 0.82, 0.65 ...
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Is this hard disk setup possible?

I'm trying to determine if this hard disk setup is possible with what I have. Goal: 1 SSD running OS(s) 2 (2TB 7200rpm) drives in raid 1 2 (6T 5900rpm) drives in raid 1 I currently have: 890GXM-...
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How to prevent auto-mounting a specific SATA drive?

I'm trying to recover data from a laptop drive using ddrescue. After first getting slow speeds via an external USB case, I connected it directly via SATA inside the desktop computer. However, ...
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If my current HDD is a SATA 3Gb/s, does it mean a SATA 6Gb/s SSD may be redundant?

I'm looking into buying an SSD for my (fairly) old rig and I'm wondering if I'm doing this right. I tried looking at my mobo's specs (http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01925486) and couldn't find ...
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How do I disable automount in Debian 8?

I've managed to override any automounting in Debian 7 by opening GParted before connecting any USB drive or hotplugging Sata drives. But now in Debian 8, this doesn't work anymore since Gparted went ...
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SATA Hard Drive reading and writing at <1mb speeds [closed]

I just built a new PC, and it seemed to be doing great until I ran CrystalDiskMark on my disk drive. Here are the results: Run with 1GiB test SEQ, Q32t: R: 110.8 W: 89.48 4K, Q32T1: R: 0.926 W: 0....
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Converting internal blu ray drive to external drive

So I have a LG Slim Blu-Ray Combo Drive - SATA CT40N that I'm trying to make work with usb. I have a SATA to usb 3 converter that I plugged into my surface pro 3. Drive seems to get sufficient power ...
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Are laptop hard drives and SSDs interchangeable?

I noticed that the sizes for laptop hard drives and SSDs seem to be identical in size. My laptop currently contains a SATA hard drive. Is it possible for me to just pop in an SSD drive in place of ...
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Win10 SATA disk drive disappears, but to knoppix it is ther with a “remove_hiberfile” mount

Tearing my hair out for about a month with this. Gigabyte mobo, win10 upgrade from win8. SATA WD 1TB drive (tho has happened with other SATA). Last time around, I got a win10 install restored to a ...
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Is it possible to use Seagate SATA 6G/s SSHD on HP-ZP800?

I purchased Seagate SATA 6G/s SSHD to replace the HDD on HP-Z800 But it only runs at SATA 3G/s because in Bios, i can only see SATA 1.5 and SATA3 configurations. According to : http://h20565.www2.hp....
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Difficulty Connecting To Hard Drive Via USB SATA Cable

I have a one year old 1TB Western Digital hard drive from which I am trying to recover some files. The drive had Windows 7 on it, installed from a factory disk. I am attempting to connect to my ...
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NCQ without AHCI support - will it work for SSD?

My motherboard is AsRock N68C-GS FX Specs says "4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5 and JBOD), NCQ and Hot Plug functions" BIOS shows no AHCI support. I have ...
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Windows Server 2012 stopped booting

I installed WS2012 and it was working. My problem was, when I plugged the hard drive into SATA0 and I plugged another bootable (Win Server 2008) hard drive into SATA1, WS2008 loaded. But I needed 2012 ...
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What is the physical location of data returned by ATA IDENTIFY DEVICE command?

I assume that this command is sent to disk and controller obtain required information somehow, according to specification T13/2015-D Revision 1a: Some devices may have to read the media in order ...
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SATA Hard Drives not found in Debian Jessie

The hard drives show up in BIOS: But not Jessie. Output from fdisk: Disk /dev/sda: 232.9 GiB, 250059350016 bytes, 488397168 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/...
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SSD causes UEFI to load very slow on reboot (~15 sec)

I've recently bought an ADATA Premier Pro SP900 128 GB M.2 . It works fine , it's fast , but I have one issue with it . When I start the laptop , UEFI loads fast in a second or so , goes to my ...
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SATA Backplane Interoperability

A few weeks ago I bought a used Intel server off of eBay for about $100. It was ten years old, came with everything except the hard drives, and seemed to be in good condition. My intention was to ...
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SATA3 RAID 0 vs. SSD

I'm going to buy a new computer, and I'd want to know (in terms of performance) which option is better. Obviously, the best idea is to combine them (SSD for the OS and RAID0 for the data). However, I ...
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Shuttle SZ87R6 with 3x SSHD 2TB hard drives doesn't boot

Hardware: 1x Shuttle SZ87R6 with 500W power supply 1x Intel i7-4790 4x G.Skill 8GB, DDR3-1600, CL10-10-10-30 (F3-12800CL10S-8GBXL) 1x Samsung SSD 850 Evo 250 GB (With linux openSuSE 13.2) 3x Seagate ...
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Swapping SATA ports causes disk to click

I have a Dell XPS 8500. I swapped the drives that we're on SATA ports 0 & 1, and when I turned the computer on, the drive on port 0 made a clicking sound, and wasn't recognized by the BIOS. The ...
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Samsung 950 Pro on PCIe or SATA waiting for better motherboard

Recently Samsung has released the 950 Pro series SSDs. If I understand well they are only available with M.2/PCIe connectors which are supported only by new motherboards. Is it possible to use the ...
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I/O error new SSD w/ Windows 7

I searched around for this scenario, but couldn't seem to come across anything. I just bought a new 240gb SanDisk SSD, because my 128gb OCZ SSD died on me. I threw the new drive in, plopped a copy of ...
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Harddisk failing controller [duplicate]

My 2-year old Seagate 3TB hdd is failing. At first, Windows 7 was giving error id 11 (The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort1), then the drive appears to work very slowly, with ...
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Is SATA III 6 GB/s a bottleneck to i7 4th Gen Laptop processor

Should I consider upgrading my Sata 2.5" inch SSD from SATA to Nvme m2 SSD.I have a 512 GB Samsung EVO 850 (I get around 450 MBps read / 350 MBps write). Now that the new Samsung PRO 950(2.5 GBps read ...
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New Seagate 2TB hard drive not recognized in Windows 10

Added a new Seagate 2TB SATA internal drive to my Gigabyte Z68 Motherboard system with two current drives, a 2TB SATA used as C: drive, and an old 200GB drive used for miscellaneous backup. The BIOS ...
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M.2 SSD Raid with PCI-E or SATA

I have recently bought Intel i7 6700k, Asus Maximus VIII Hero and Samsung EVO 850 M.2 SSD. I want to use SSD as a cache drive. So, I enabled RAID mode from AHCI. In BIOS there's this option: M.2 ...
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Harddrive disappearing intermittenly

Thanks in advance for helping I am currently facing a problem with my hard drive that I had for over two years now. It is a WD green 3TB running on windows 7 as a secondary to a Samsung SSD that have ...
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Why would a 2TB Hitachi hard disk drive sporadically shut down ever 1 to 2 hours?

I got a Dell server from a giveaway at my school (Optiplex something). The Server came with a 2TB hard disk drive (Hitachi HDS723020BLA642), and a 250GB SSD. The SSD is now my main OS disk in my ...
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Order SATA ports on mobo

I have a Dell T3500 with one (1) hard drive. I want to add a 2nd SATA hard drive. I'm running Win 7 64-bit in a non RAID configuration. My C:\ drive is connected to the SATA-2 port on the mobo. I ...
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Is it safe to use a SATA to USB enclosure with a Blu-ray drive?

I have an ASUS N56JR laptop, and I’ve just replaced the optical drive (Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo) with an HDD caddy. This allowed me to install an SSD into the primary hard disk drive slot, and ...
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Windows XP doesn't find second physical sata HDD but is detected in BIOS and Hiren's

On my motherboard there are two SATA ports. First is HDD 80 GB with system. I connected 250 GB HDD to the second. This is detected by BIOS and also under Hiren's Boot CD but not under Windows XP. How ...
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Calculating Hard Disk Size

I have a Seagate 1000GB SATA hard drive. The logical geometry of the hard drive is 16,383 cylinders, 16 heads and 63 sectors per track. To my knowledge, Capacity = Number of cylinders × number of ...
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Why is my Seagate USB 3.0 drive showing corrupted data when plugged as an internal SATA drive?

I have a 3TB Seagate Backup Plus Desktop USB 3.0 drive, which works fine when in its enclosure, but when I get it off its enclosure and directly plug it as an internal SATA drive, it's just not ...
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Is my hard drive dead?

Windows 10 crashed on my Dell Vostro 260. It froze up and then just crashed, I have no suspects. I was just web browsing and checking mail. Norton and Malware bytes are up to date, so I do not suspect ...
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Is it safe to connect an SSD to a PC via a SATA-USB adapter?

Due to a motherboard short, I’m concerned about the health of my SSD. I want to read the contents of the SSD via an SATA-USB adapter on my laptop. I have already verified my mechanical hard disk ...
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How can I set SATA controller mode in my PC?

I have a HP Compaq Presario CQ43 notebook. But I haven't found there SATA controller mode in my PC's BIOS setup. Now what should I do?
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Windows XP Windows Installer pops up every time I right-click any folder icon

I am using Windows XP with SP3 on Intel SATA Desktop Board and an SMPS that has only SATA Connectors; moreso, my new PC cabinet does not have a Floppy Drive. I needed to REPAIR my OS. But my old ...
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Sony Vaio VPCYB and 4k AF hdd extremely slow, 100% disk usage

I know that there are plenty of similar topics, but I think I went trough all of them without success... Please help if you have any idea what to do with it : Patient: Sony Vaio netbook VPCYB2M1E (...
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Computer will not recognizing 4TB Seagate drive

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 and this drive will not show up. Occasionally I have managed to fiddle with my BIOS settings to be able to see it in the boot order but in Windows 10 and Ubuntu the drive is ...
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SiI SATALink 3112/3112A and its initialization problems with various hard drives

Well, this was an epic fail. I mean, my actual suspect was my Samsung drive (HD753LJ) which is why I went on e-bay to acquire me a WD one for comparison. Very same problem. And now I'm certain: it is ...
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Samsung Laptop ODD Slot SSD installation

I have the following Notebook/Laptop: NP550P7C-S0FDE from Samsung. It has two slots for hard-drives. The first one holds the HDD. In the second one I would like to place a SSD. The problem is that ...
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Windows Storage Spaces Drive Portability when moved to another Port / Enclosure / Machine

There seem to be several related questions all of which are unanswered still. So I thought to combine them into one and elaborate a bit. Considering a simple Storage Space consisting of 2 identical ...
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Which storage interface for a laptop solid state disk, and which model of SSD? [closed]

I want to replace my laptop hdd with an ssd. I was headed for the 1TB samsung 850 pro sata but it cost a lot of bucks. So if I have to spend so much money I want to buy a disk that i will reuse in ...
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Need to manually select boot device if DVD drive is connected

I had posted a question here. That has been resolved but I am facing another problem which I think is an independent issue so posting it here as a separate question. I did mention in my prev question ...
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Windows 10 x64 - Upgrade HDD to a SATA III or Add an SSD instead?

I have just upgraded my motherboard to one Asus A88XM-E which uses SATA III as opposed to my previous motherboard which used SATA II. I have also upgraded my processor to AMD A8 6600K 3.9GHz and 8GB ...
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Can you point me to a cable that will connect this motherboard port with this DVD drive?

(Note: This is not a duplicate of my earlier question, in case you're wondering. This question has an entirely different DVD drive!) Here is an image of my laptop motherboard's SATA connector (for a ...