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 add 4TB SATA disk to motherboard without formatting ?

I had a 4TB seagate USB3.0 hard drive with data. I took the case out and got the internal SATA drive from that case. Then I joined it to my Intel D975XBX2 motherboard with SATA cables, but the ...
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How can i build home SAN with SATA drives only

In my home i have 5 user using different computers and we have one server with vmware Esxi on it to use for virtual machines The problem i am having is storage i have desktop where i have stored 7 ...
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How to access Windows 7 inactive Drive

One of my very important drives become inactive. I have to make it active in order to use it again. I use Windows 7 Disc Management Tools to assign drive letter and make it active. I can see the drive ...
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SATA Devices not showing up when in UEFI mode

I'm trying to install Windows and the bios should be set to UEFI mode. The problem is that all SATA devices aren't showing up (shows as if there aren't any) so I can't boot from the installation CD ...
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Lost password of sata disk

a customer of me lost his password of a secured sata disk (Seagate). I read that SATA has a security extension which disables the disk by the controller after some wrong attempts. I also read that ...
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What card i need to attach SATA drives to server

I have IBM System x3650 M2 and it has only SAS drives attached It has 7 PCI-e empty slots. I want to know what type of card i need which i can put in PCI-E so that i can join 2 SATA drives of higher ...
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Using a large capacity drive in windows 8.1?

I bought a 4TB Western Digital drive, and also have an external 3TB USB 3.0 drive. I'm using that enclosure to test a bit. Using USB 3.0, I can format both drives and use them- life is good. But if ...
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How can i manage10 SATA drives separately with same speed as DAS

I have 10 External USB drives attached with my desktop. Each has its own power and USB cable + USB extension/extender. Its looking very messy and i am thinking of opening the case and then take out ...
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My Secondary HDD Disappeared At First, And Now Its Barely Working

I have a couple of HDD in my PC, one of them is a 3TB secondary drive "T" that I keep all my media in. today, I notice that drive "T" has disappeared, it wasn't showing either in (my computer) or ...
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Connecting sata2 device inside of turned off device

I would like to connect my laptop which has sata2 connectivity on the case to a PC which does not have any hdd. By doing this I would be able to use the data on laptops hdd on PC without unplugging a ...
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How to find motherboard specs

I would like to upgrade my Sony Vaio VPC-EJ3S1R by replacing the DVD drive with an SSD. Only problem is, I can't find any information on its SATA interface speed so I cannot choose an SSD model. Where ...
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New HDD (HGST HTE541010A9E680 1Tb) very low write speed (<10 Mb/s)

I've just bought a new 1Tb HDD: HGST HTE541010A9E680, formatted it as NTFS (tried both quick and full format). It has very low write speed. I also have other HDDs and SSD on this PC, and they have ...
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Swap internal HDD with SSD

I'm planning to swap my internal HDD with an SSD. My PC says my HDD is SATAII, is it possible to just plug in a SATAIII SSD and use the HDD as an external drive with a SATA/USB cable? Thanks for the ...
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building a computer: GA-Z87X-UD3H does not recognize 2hdds 1 ssd and 1 dvd drive

I have never built a computer before and followed these instructions for the 1200 rig: http://lifehacker.com/5840963/the-best-pcs-you-can-build-for-600-and-1200 When I booted it up, I got the ...
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Upgrading Laptop HDD to SDD

I have this Acer Aspire V5-471G Laptop with 466GB Seagate HDD using SATA 2.0(3.0Gb/s) interface. Now, I am planning to upgrade my HDD with a faster Samsung 840 EVO SSD which use SATA 3.0(6.0Gb/s) but ...
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Where is the corresponding Registry Key for ATA hard drives?

In a home PC a connected SATA hard drive dispositive is listed in this registry key: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\SCSI\(MANUFACTURER ID) But in specific Laptops I only can see CDroms ...
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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 many HDDs can I put in an IBM 3450 server?

I have this IBM 3450 Server. It says: Up to 1.5 TB3 SATA disk storage There are three 3.5 inch bays. One is having a 500GB SATA and other two are empty. Now I want to ask if I can put a 3TB SATA ...
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Difference beteen using an external Hard Drive Disk Docking Station vs USB to SATA cable

I have a SATA hard disk that I want to connect to my laptop externally. Seems like I have two options. One is to buy a docking station and the other is to buy a cable only. What I would like to know ...
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4TB disk connected via eSATA not working properly

My System: Mainboard: ASUS P9X79 eSATA controller: Asmedia 106x (onboard). Driver version: 1.4.1.0 OS: Windows 8.1 pro x64 PyroGate external drive cage for 3.5" HDD containing a 4TB disk from WD. ...
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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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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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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 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 ...