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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Trouble with new hard drive on old computer, and BIOS update

My motherboard is an Asus K8V-X. I was using a 250GB Maxtor SATA hard drive ever since I bought this computer, and the dreaded click of death finally showed up. So I bought a new 500GB Samsung SATA ...
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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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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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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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My external HD turned to RAW - How to recover my data?

I have an external HD (WD MyBook Essentials) with all of my backups (1TB) for some unknown reason, when I try to connect the drive (Tried several interfaces: eSATA/plugged it into my PC/USB) I get ...
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BIOS not detecting working SATA hard drive

Some time ago my power supply died. It's a long story from then till now, but the important bit is that I ended up with a new hard drive and a new power supply. I tested to see if my original hard ...
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Upgrading windows, finding the proper SATA drivers for the windows

I am trying to reinstall windows and have an error from both a USB bootable .iso and a install CD stating that I need the SATA drivers to continue. I cannot seem to find the proper driver or how I ...
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How to identify what type of SATA drive my laptop can take?

I have a 2011ish MacBook Pro. I want to upgrade its hard drive, but I am having trouble identifying: What would be compatible my laptop. For instance, this SSD is SATA III. How do I find out if my ...
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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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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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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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My motherboard doesn't support AHCI, is IDE mode + SATA 2 much slower for new SDD/HDD/SSHD?

My motherboard is Intel DG41TY and it does not support AHCI. How much would IDE mode + SATA 2 be slower comparing to ideal case AHCI+SATA 3? If it is much slower for SDD case, then would it be a good ...
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Windows installation detectes hard drive, but bios does not

Some days ago my computer started to be unstable. It only started when "he wanted". Today it stopped to initialize and BIOS can't recognize my sata hard-drives. When I load Windows 7 installation, I ...
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Stress testing all SATA links

I have a few servers. Each has 9 backplanes, and each backplane has 5 hard drives. Once in a while, one of the cables connecting a backplane to the motherboard (actually a pci card on the motherboard) ...
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3TB Seagate Barracuda causing freezing

Hi I have bought a brand new 3TB Seagate hard drive. I tried to copy data from my older hard drives to the new one, but it always stops copying selected data set after some time and the file manager ...
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Computer won't start when connecting SATA HDD

I just bough a new HDD some time ago and recently i bought another SATA cable to have both HDDs connected at the same time, to transfer all the files from the older one to the newer. When i connected ...
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WD20EARS 2TB Compatibility Issues

I have a system that runs the Asus P5Q Pro mother board and I recently added the 2TB WD Green HDD (WD20EARS). I formatted it NTFS with MBR. The system has been running for a week now without any ...
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Why sometimes Windows 7 cannot see IDE disk?

We have two internal hard drives; one SATA and one IDE. Windows 7 (x86) sees both of them. But sometimes when we boot the computer IDE drive fails. After restart everything behave normal. Every 1 boot ...
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Configuring RAID on Intel DX58SO CTRL+I does not enter RAID Config Utility

I have two 3TB HDD plugged into SATA 0 and SATA 1. I configured the drives for RAID in the BIOS and now when I boot I see the RAID config screen. The screen lists all my drives as it should and says ...
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Software RAID 1 Configuration

I have created a software RAID 1 quite some while ago and it always seemed to work for me. However I am not completely sure that I have configured everything right and do not have the experience to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Motherboard Dying? AHCI Drive Init and boot loop intermittent failure

My computer is now intermittently failing to boot up. For the last couple of days, when I turn it on it hangs on "AHCI Drive Init...", and when powered off and on again, it booted up fine. Today, it ...
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Are special drivers required for Gigabyte SATA port on GA-P34-DS4 v2?

After upgrading to a Samsung 840 SSD drive, I have problems with image backups failing verification when the SSD is plugged into any of the ICH9 SATA ports in AHCI mode. The motherboard also has two ...
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How can I get my SATA DVDs working again?

My hard drive crashed (WinXPpro), so I took a C drive from a broken PC. The new C drive is Win7pro. Motherboard is MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum, with 4 hard drives installed on SATA 1-4 (nForce4 Ultra); ...
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How do i install Windows on SSD?

I've purchased this SSD: CRUCIAL M4 CT256M4SSD2, 256GB, SATA III. And i have a following MB: ASUS P8P67 EVO REV 3.0 MB and SSD are updated to the latest version of BIOS and firmware. When i start ...
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Can a gen3 SATA harddrive be forced to always link at gen2 speed?

Is there a PC tool to program a gen3 SATA harddrive to avoid a link attempt at the gen3 speed (6Gb) and always start the link negotiation at the gen2 speed (3Gb)?
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Sata II and USB2 for external hard drive disk?

I'm looking for a good external HDD solution. Currently, I have a ST9500423AS 2 1/2" using SATA II, and I am looking for a good external HDD enclosure that keeps a nice transfer speed through the SATA ...
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Do all USB3.0 to SATA adapters present to OS as USB Mass Storage?

My first experience with external USB hard drive enclosures was with Windows 98SE. At that time, drives were IDE, not SATA, and I remember that after drivers were installed (I remember using one ...
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How to change Sata controller settings to avoid a blue screen? Windows 8

How to go from AHCI to IDE just for firmware flashing on my SSD. Currently using windows 8. Tried a few times but kept getting the dreaded blue screen.
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Desktop won't boot with two drives

I am trying to startup the computer with two drives; one is connected with SATA(Windows XP, 40G) and the other with IDE(blank, 80G). With just the SATA drive, it boots fine, but when I add the other ...
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CD Drive not discovered

I have a self built computer. it uses a P6T Deluxe motherboard, which has both SATA and IDE ports. This was built several years ago, and had an IDE CD/DVD drive. This drive started going bad (would ...
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Failing Seagate HDD - Not Recognised

I am having a look at a friend's computer which contains a 500GB Seagate HDD. Unfortunately the HDD is not recognised by the BIOS menu and it beeps 11 times upon powerup. I've moved the HDD to another ...
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Added extra SATA 6Gbit/s SSD drive, Windows 7 doesn't detect device, USB 3.0 device now runs slow

Added in an extra SATA 6Gbit/s SSD drive to my Windows 7 machine. Now two 6G/s SSDs - main one 64GB and this new 256GB. BIOS can see both. However when I run Windows 7 disk management tool it doesn't ...
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Unable to HotSwap HFS+ Formatted SATA Drives (on a Windows Machine)

I'm having problems getting HFS formatted drives to hotswap on my Windows 7 Machine I have 2x Manhattan SATA drive racks installed in my computer connected to the GSATA ports on my Gigabyte ...
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USB 3.0 to SAS; seems slow to me. Is it?

I've been transferring about 5TB from a USB 3.0 enclosure with built in hardware RAID running 4x SATA III drives. The destination is an external SAS enclosure (7x SATA II) with 2x SAS cables connected ...
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Which drive should i install the host operating system on Dell PowerEdge 2950

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2950 and there are 3 SATA 7200 drives (2 x 1TB, 1 x 300GB) and one SAS 15k drive (1 x 300GB). I want to install Ubuntu as the host OS with several guest OSes. Should I ...
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SATA DVD drive doesn't work

I built a computer about 3 years ago and seldom needed the dvd drive to work but when I did it was a pain to get it running. I have a SATA HDD and a SATA dvd drive which seemed to me to be part of ...
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How to install ESXi 4.1 with an Intel SRCS28X?

I have a Dell 2850 rack server and just purchased an Intel SRCS28X 8 port SATA card for it. Previously I ran VMware's ESXi server with no issues, but it wont recognize the new card. I read that the ...
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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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Can i use a SATA 6gb/s hard disk with a M2N68-AM motherboard?

So I have a M2N68-AM motherboard from ASUS: http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=2UWzsrOiRbMPGYpw And I would like to buy this hard disk: ...
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Is it possible to use the SLI/Crossfire PCI Express slot for an expansion card that is not graphics?

Is it possible to configure the PCI Express lanes in a P67 motherboard to 8x/8x and use the second slot for a 4x SATA card (for example) instead of another graphics card?
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Trying to turn an WD Mybook 1TB to slave drive in PC

Yes I realise that most external Hard Drives would not be transitioned into internal sitting Hard Drives, but unfortunately we broke the miniUSB connection that transfers the data from external Hard ...
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EIDE to SATA converter fails to show the Hard Drive in the OS

I recently bought a new PC based on Asus Crosshair IV Formula and AMD 965 Phenom II x4. After connecting my new SATA hard drive (working perfect) I wanted to connect my old PATA drive with an EIDE ...
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Which channels to have a raid 5 array on the Intel ICH10R controller?

What is the best option to have a raid 5 array with 3 disks in the six channel Intel ICH10R controller? On channel 1, 3 and 5. Channel 1, 2 and 3 etc... Or doesnt this matter on the performance?
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How to create a WIndows Vista Installer including my own drivers

I try to add a Syba SD-PEX40054 with Marvell 88SE9230 RAID Sata 3.0 PCIe card to my Workstation Intel s5000psl to pass from SATA 2.0 to SATA 3.0 and add HDD with SATA 3.0 specs. Now I have an issue, ...
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Is it possible to configure a Sata RAID Controller without RAID

I have a 6 port SATA RAID card (taken out of an HP ML150 G2 server). What i want to do is connect the Sata Hard Drives that i have to this card without formatting or loosing any data on the hard ...