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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Format/partition/modify USB stick to be recognised as a USB floppy drive for Win XP setup RAID/SATA drivers

Every so often I need to install Win XP on a machine that has a SATA drive and have to go through the whole mess of finding a floppy drive for the AHCI drivers and hitting F6 during setup, or ...
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IBM server cannot install SATA Hard Drive

I got a refurbished IBM Storage engine earlier that comes with a 80GB WD SATA Drive. I try to put another Drive in it which is a 320GB Seagate SATA Model#:ST320620NS. When I attempt to install ...
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What is the exact capacity of 1000GB HDD?

1 GiB = 1024 * 1024 * 1024 bytes 1 GB = 1000 * 1000 * 1000 bytes That is easy! I don't want to talk about this! I have laptop which should have (according to seller) 1000 GB. That is 1000 000 000 ...
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Is it safe to use an IDE to SATA power adapter for an extended period of time?

I just bought a computer from HP and they failed to include SATA power connectors with the power supply other then the one HD and DVD drive. Meanwhile I have two IDE to SATA power adapters that came ...
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What is the quickest way to tell whether a SATA cable is bad?

To check whether a SATA cable is bad, currently I'd run a disk benchmark and look at the SMART attribute "UltraDMD CRC Error Count." However, that attribute seems to be a rolling average and may not ...
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Ongoing computer lock up issue

My system is as follows Phenom II 945 stock Gigabyte GA-M720-US3 Windows 7 64bit 4GB Crucial DDR 2 4-4-12 Palit Geforce 460 GTX Samsung spinpoint F3 500gb HDD 3.5 inch floppy drive (yes...I ...
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Drive and all partitions detected in Disk Management, but assigning a drive letter is grayed out

I'm not sure what the problem is. I'm having a lot of hard drive issues all of a sudden. Two of my drives work fine, 1 empty one refuses to initialize, the one in the screenshot won't let me assign ...
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HP EliteBook 8560w SATA compatibility

I know that HP EliteBook 8560w/8570w supports SATA III capable chipset. But this particular chipset has SATA III and SATA II capable channels. I wonder which channel has HP used to connect the hard ...
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WD Hard Drive UUID protection mode?

I have a WD Green Power 2TB hard drive (WDC WD20 EURS-63S48Y0) out of a bricked WD MyBook Live NAS device. I have two different SATA-USB adapters; one a generic multipurpose dongle type and the other ...
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Is it safe to disconnect a SATA disk during sleep?

Is it safe to disconnect a SATA disk during sleep Windows 7? Is the disk powered off when the computer successfully have entered sleep mode? This is not my system disk, it's just a spinning disk for ...
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sata to esata and back again using an old PC case

Simple question, will this work? I want to house hard drives in an old case and use the psu in the old case to power the drives. Then I want to use two of these: New Egg SATA to ESATA bracket One ...
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Anyone know why older USB drive cases have a 2TB size limit?

I recently upgraded a home-built external hard drive from 1TB to 3TB. In doing so, I learned that it's bridge board doesn't support drives larger than 2TB. I had to get a newer case in order to ...
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Windows 8 Installation doesn't detect my SATA Maxtor 6V250F0 HDD

I've been using Ubuntu on a desktop computer I have in my house and I'd like to try to install Windows 8 and replace the Ubuntu system. In the installation wizard of Windows 8 I get stuck in the ...
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Importing “Libraries” from old laptop

This is a follow-up question to one I asked a few days ago. I'm trying to transfer data from my old laptop (which won't turn on) to a new one. I have a 2.5" SATA hard drive enclosure so I can move ...
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When transferring a piece of data from one hard drive to another, where is the intermittent data stored?

When transferring a piece of data from one hard drive to another, where is the intermittent data stored? How does the computer know which SATA cable to "go up" to the new hard drive? Where is the data ...
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SATA Data & Power Cable [closed]

I want to use this Western Digital hard drive: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0088PUEPK/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=computers as a bck up for my laptop and other drives i have, I have a ...
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Hard drive transfer

I'm looking to transfer data from my old laptop's hard drive to a new laptop. The old laptop won't work, but I'm pretty sure the hard drive is fine. The hard drive is a 640 GB Momentus. I've done ...
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SATA cables: is there a distinction between SATA1, SATA2, etc.? [duplicate]

I just installed a SSD with a SATA3 interface on my SATA2-only motherboard. Since I was out of cables, I had to use a leftover SATA cable from an older SATA1-only mobo (so I assume that it's a SATA-1 ...
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How do I determine if my controller is in IDE or AHCI mode in Linux?

I have an old MacBook Pro 4,1 (early 2008) - but I suspect an answer would apply to many MacBook Pros. It has an Intel IDE/SATA controller (ICH8M/ICH8M-E). I have installed a patched MBR that is ...
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What software to use to recover data from Samsung HD103UJ HDD?

I have a Samsung HD103UJ 1TB SATA HDD which is malfunctioning, but not a complete brick. If I try to boot off it, the boot takes forever and there is slow ticking sound. If I hot-plug it into a ...
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Sata II and USB2 for external hard drive disk?

I'm looking for a good external hdd solution, currently i already have a ST9500423AS 2"1/2 using SATA II, and i looking for a good external hdd enclosure who keep a nice transfert speed through the ...
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Mount 2 x 3.5 HD in a 5.25 bay?

Is there any way to mount 2 standard SATA hard drives in a 5.25 drive bay? Maybe each 3.5 sideways? I could run the SATA data and power cables through the bay?
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How to tell RAID setup

One of my colleague's computer broke and they sent me 5 disks. One has the OS and is making the click of death and the others might have been in a RAID configuration. I don't know the RAID ...
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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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JAE 50-Pin to SATA adapter not working

I have a Pioneer DVR-K16RS DVD±RW from an old laptop and I thought I would be able to add it to an ITX computer so I bought a Slim-CD/ODD JAE 50-Pin To SATA Adapter. The adapter/drive works from boot ...
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Progressive upgrade of a RAID array

Our group has a 16 disk backup RAID6 array. Currently, those 16 disks have the following specs; 500 GB 16 and 64MB cache 3 Gb/s SATA I would like to begin upgrading these disks if possible, ...
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Can't find drivers for ASUS P5G41T-M LX on Windows 7?

I'm trying to install Windows 7, but stuck on window with message that I need a mass storage driver. But I can't find it at all. Here is my params: ASUS P5G41T-M LX Motherboard Intel(R) G41 ...
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USB mass storage device split to 2 devices

When I connect an Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 4TB hard drive in a Fantec DB-ALUE2e external SATA enclosure to a Lenovo T400 laptop using the USB 2.0 port, the hard drive gets split to 2 devices: [ ...
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How to add extra sata drives to desktop server

I have an ubuntu 12.04 machine with a raid using mdadm. The motherboard has 8 sata ports which are all being used, and I would like to add more hard drives to it. What's the easiest/best way to add a ...
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Data transfer from NAS to D: completely soaks my C: drive — why?

I have a NAS where I have temporarily stored about 2.2TB of data while I rebuilt my “heavy lifter” workstation. My heavy lifter has no SATA on-board, but I use an LSI 9550sx-12 PCI-X RAID card for my ...
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Intel SASWT4I SAS/SATA Controller

I want to assemble a cheap storage sytem based on the Norco RPC-4020 Case. When searching for controllers I found this one: Intel® RAID Controller SASWT4I This is a quote form the Spec Sheet: ...
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Should I use my 128GB SSD drive for my Windows primary or a use a 6GB/s SATA drive)? [closed]

I've always thought that you'd want to use an SSD drive for your Primary drive to boost overall system speed, then use a larger secondary drive for storing files and such. Is that true? If I have an ...
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Flaky Southbridge?

Current Config: Asus P9X79, Intel 3820, SuperTalent 16 GB 10700, 2X EVGA 660TI-SC, 60GB Intel SSD, 120 Intel SSD, 2x Western Digital 1 TB, Seagate 500GB, Bought Seasonic 1250XPSU Stock Settings in ...
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Motherboard refuses to boot from SATA HDD

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this. It seemed like the closest fit in the SX sites, and this meta post seemed to suggest it was the right place. Here goes! My computer has recently ...
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SATA hard disk for laptop on Desktop PC

Can I connect a laptop SATA hard disk to Desktop PC? Do I have to use some adapters or I can just plug in SATA power connector and SATA data cable like my Desktop hard disk is connected? I noticed ...
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Ejecting SATA device in Linux

How to eject SATA device properly in Linux? I know eject command can do it for usb device: eject usbDevicePath Does it work same way for SATA devices? Will it sync caches, and properly power down ...
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What is the largest size of HDD that can be recognised by SuSE 10?

I have a venerable but rock solid server running SuSE 10, acting as a webserver, running a relatively few, but significant, websites. The machine has multiple disks ranging from a nearly decade old ...
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What to change in the registry to boot Windows from a PCIe Sata controller?

What to change in the registry to boot Windows from a PCIe Sata controller? I have an intel mainboard that supports only 3GB Sata. I want to upgrade it to 6GB Sata with a controller like this: ...
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Hard drive uninitialized when switching enclosure

I have a 3TB SATA drive which I've been using in an external USB enclosure. Today I upgraded the enclosure in order to take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds. However, in this enclosure I am unable to ...
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Mount an external SATA disk on a Virtualbox Guest

I have an external EXT3-formatted hard disk attached via SATA to a Windows machine running a Linux Virtualbox guest. I'd like to mount the disk in the Linux environment, but can't figure out how to ...
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Why is transfer between two SATA HDDs so slow?

I have plugged in my Macbook Pro's SATA hard drive into my PC, and downloaded MacDrive in order to access it. I'm trying to copy about 100GB onto my PC's hard drive which is also SATA, the slowest ...
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Windows 8 boots very slowly and can't navigate to second SATA HDD, no problems without drive connected

I have Windows 8 installed on a GTP formatted 120 GB SSD, and it runs the OS fine with just that. Connecting my old MBR formatted 320 GB HDD as well shows in the BIOS, but Windows 8 will not load its ...
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SATA HD low sequential read speed

I use an old P4 desktop as my home file server. Since the MB only has IDE, I use a SIL3114 controller to connect 3 SATA HDDs. Running Crystal DiskMark I get very strange results! Two of the drives (C: ...
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How many drives could I attach to a SiliconImage SiI3124 based controller using port multipliers?

Would it be possible to attach twenty disks to a SiliconImage SiI3124 based controller (Lycom ST-125NR) using four Lycom ST-126RM port multipliers? Wikipedia suggests a single 'port' can support up ...
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System won't boot if I connect SATA hard disk

I had an old PC with an Atom processor, two SATA hard disks with 40 GB and 160 GB each. Recently I upgraded my PC, got a Gigabyte H61M DS2 Motherboard, 2 GB of RAM and Core I3 processor. But ...
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How can I install a desktop 3.5" SATA drive on a laptop without any adapters and use it as the main(system) drive?

I am pretty sure I'm the first human in the whole universe and multiverses. Here it is... like an idiot I bought a 3.5" SATA drive for my laptop. I used it to install the OS through USB but I got the ...
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Does it affect performance if I re-use IDE Hard Drives with a SATA convertor?

I'm planning to assemble my PC.. but want to re-use a little from the old one. I just want to know if it will hamper the performance. I have two 250GB IDE hard drives. Will it drastically affect the ...
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Use Apricorn's SATA Wire 3.0 with desktop HD

Is it possible to use Apricorn's SATA Wire 3.0 with a normal 3.5" desktop drive? According to the Apricorn FAQ this is not possible: Will the SATA Wire work with desktop size drives? No. ...
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How designate internal SATA drive as “removable”?

I have two spinning internal data disks that I seldom use and would like to leave them turned off and not spinning much of the time. I want to "safely remove" a normal SATA internal hard drives ...
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SATA2 disk detected as SATA

I have 2 Hitachi Deskstar HDS728080PLA380 Drives, with SATA2 (3.0Gbs interface), that are only detected as SATA1 (1.5Gbs) by both Intel Rapid Storage Manager and other similar software in Windows 8. ...