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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Replacing DVD-ROM with SSD on a Toshiba A200-1BP laptop

I use a Toshiba A200-1BP laptop and I want to replace the DVD-ROM with a SSD using an adapter something like this But I don't know if it will support placing an SSD or not since I don't know if the ...
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Bootable RAID1 instead of extra SATA drive

Here's the deal as a web developer I am total rookie in the hardware stuff, but since we make more money now and tried to experiment some stuff. I got this Raid1 (4 SAS Drives) and extra 3TB Sata ...
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Listing unused SATA ports on Linux

I have a physical machine running Linux (CentOS 6.3, specifically), and I want to know how many SATA ports are currently unused (i.e. nothing is plugged in). Of course, I could just pull the machine ...
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Linux: How to confirm bad ATA device? [duplicate]

dmesg listing this error string 14 times consecutively: [ 799.496637] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 [ 799.496683] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x4 [ 799.496710] ata4.00: failed ...
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SATA controller or disk failing?

Recently my laptop IO became deadly slow. I investigated a bit, and according to smartmon tools I have no errors on the disk, tough I'm getting a lot of errors in the syslog: ata2.00: exception Emask ...
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Independence of SATA channels and ports

I'm working on setting up a simple RAID and am wondering about how independent my SATA ports really are. There are 4 ports on the motherboard, but lspci shows only two controllers 00:0e.0 IDE ...
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Is my SSD runing AHCI mode?

So I switched my BIOS setting from IDE to AHCI, and when I booted up in windows 7 it reinstalled the drivers for my SSD. But I can't seem to find if it's currently running in AHCI mode or not. I've ...
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RAID 5 setup across SATA II/III

I have an ASUS P8Z77-V LK mobo with 4 SATA 3Gb/s and 2 SATA 6Gb/s. I'm considering purchasing 3 WD7500AZEX HDD's and putting them in a RAID 5 configuration. My question is, if I put the two ...
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Seagate 7200.12 Not Recognized by System

So a friend of mine had a Seagate 7200.11 drive die on him (which, after investigating, is no surprise at all). He had backups, so I told him to go get a new drive, and I'd take care of the ...
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gigabyte z77x-d3h not recognising hdd in bios

I have sata hdd and the bios is not recognising it. The hdd works as I have plugged it into a working pc and it appears. I have formatted in NTFS and run scandisk, no errors. is there any specific ...
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USB SATA adapter apparently not recognized

I purchased a new laptop and a SATA USB Adapter and tried to connect the internal disk of my old computer to my new laptop in order to save my data. My hard disk is Western Digital WD5000BEVT 500GB ...
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Seagate ST1000DM003 and USB-SATA bridge

I can't get that disk to work with my external case (bridge). Disk is spinning and recognized by Windows, but it doesn't recognize data on it, it can see only one big RAW partition when there are 2. I ...
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How to fix my hard drives

I’ve installed an extra hard drive into the pc so basically this is the setup. I had a 1 TB partitioned hard drive installed already and the pc was running brilliant until I needed more space and ...
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Corrupted HDD - SATA 160G 5400rpm for Laptop

I have a laptop, a HP 6910P with a Hitachi 160g 5400rpm Sata. This HDD drive me nuts since few hours because I hadded 1go of ram (3 total) in the laptop and since, issue over issues... When I added ...
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How to connect this laptop SATA HDD to regular desktop SATA cable?

How can I connect this laptop SATA HDD to regular desktop SATA cable? Please look at the picture for reference. I can't find any adaptors and not sure if any SATA dock has similar connector. EDIT: ...
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External Enclosure; USB to IDE & SATA. Only old sata drives are recognized by Windows. Why?

I have some hard drives (IDE) from my old PC and I need the files that are on it to put onto my new PC. My new PC has a SATA drive and it's an All-in-One HP PC. I bought an External Enclosure for ...
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Damaged disk recovery

I have a damaged hard drive. It works well until it reads a specific sector - it then shuts down and the only way to make it work again is to plug it in again. On the Error scan screenshot from HD ...
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What are (other) possible reasons for ``ata: hard resetting link``, after manually replacing head and electronics?

So I have this hard drive which died the Click Of Death after falling of a couch. As I cannot afford data recovery, I went the home-brew route. The head seemed broken, as I watched it moving without ...
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Is SATA bandwith per Port or per Controller?

I always assumed that it was per Controller channel, and that If I have 4xSATA 3.0Gb/s ports on my Motherboard then I should have a potential 12.0Gb/s of bandwidth. However, after doing some searching ...
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Is there a storage capacity limit for external hard-drive enclosures?

I'm looking to purchase a 2TB SATA hard-drive, and I want to get an external e-sata enclosure for it. When looking for possible enclosures I have noticed maximum storage limits for them (eg 750G, ...
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Burnt SATA Drive

By stupid curiosity, I've connected the FDD power cable to the jumper pins of a SATA drive, and powered on the system. The SATA drives controller is now burned out. Can it be replaced, and still ...
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Is it normal for a SATA drive to show 0MB size in BIOS?

Right, so this is the first time I've attempted to build a computer that will use a SATA disk. Disk Details are as follows Seagate 7200.12 ST3500413AS PartNo. 9YP142-303 Firmware JC45 Date Code ...
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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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How can I remove the option to eject SATA drives from the Windows 7 tray icon?

The Safely Remove Hardware icon in Windows 7 offers the ability to eject my SATA drives, including the boot drive. I don't see myself ever needing this - especially not from the convenience of the ...
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poor write performance with RAID 5 array

I have an Intel RS2WC080 RAID controller card connected to an array of 8 WD Black 4TB SATA3 drives, in a RAID5 configuration. While the read speed is ~750MB/s the write speed hovers around 45MB/s. I ...
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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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AHCI driver installed but XP32 SP3 won't recognize it - only IDE

I want to get my existing Windows XP 32-bit installation to switch from accessing the primary active SATA drive via AHCI instead of IDE. XP was originally installed via IDE. I downloaded the ...
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RAID 10 “failure” after changing BIOS setting

I have been using a RAID10 setup for quite some time and today, after loading a saved BIOS configuration (for overclocking), it set my SATA mode to AHCI rather than RAID. I didn't notice this and ...
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Can I use a hard drive PCB from a lower-capacity model?

I sold an old 640GB 2.5" SATA hard drive on eBay, only to accidentally pull too hard on the data cable and ripping out the data connector. I've cancelled the eBay listing, and have been browsing for ...
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SATA(AHCI mode) - Why an OS needs a AHCI driver, while BIOS can boot from HDD?

What is the relation between AHCI and SATA? How come an OS cannot operate a SATA controller without an AHCI driver, while the BIOS knows how to boot of a SATA hard disk? What are the difference ...
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How can I make a hard drive be recognized by my desktop PC BIOS?

I have a quite old desktop PC which I want to get it back working. I had took away its hard drive, formated it and used it was external storage using a SATA-USB adapter. Now I want to use it again ...
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Are USB hard disks less reliable for backups?

A colleague told me that it is not recommended to use USB hard disks due to the lack of inherent integrity checking of copied files. I am looking for details on that. In what respect is copying to a ...
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Are USB hard disks less reliable for backups? [duplicate]

A colleague told me that it is not recommended to use USB hard disks due to the lack of inherent integrity checking of copied files. I am looking for details on that. In what respect is copying to a ...
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Is my hard drive dying?

Im gettings strange error messages in the terminal. This is the output of dmesg: [ 3317.715990] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x78 SErr 0x400000 action 0x6 frozen [ 3317.716113] ata4.00: ...
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How to install windows on another PC's HDD using my PC? [closed]

I work on software development from a home based office but I am also the pc and mac repair go to guy of the family (and sometimes extended family) therefore I get at least one windows installation ...
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4 SSDs RAID 0 integreted vs dedicated controller

I've been thinking about setting up 4 SSD RAID 0 to gain performance in my home PC, and I ran into this review of PCI-E based SSD. If I use PERC H310 (8 lane PCI-E 2.0 RAID controller, which means ...
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Setting up network storage

My girlfriend and I have MacBook Pros which we recently upgraded to SSD's. As a result of that, we have two spare 2.5 SATA HDDs that have no use except as network drives. I can definitely buy cheap ...
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SATA I hard drive compatibility to SATA II motherboard. [duplicate]

I would like to buy a new motherboard for my computer since I'm in need of higher ram capacity. My computer is pretty old and my hard-drive is SATA I. All new motherboards I see mention that they have ...
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SSD Performance testing in linux

I'm testing the performances of my new SSD card, and it seems I'm stuck with sata2 speed even if my controller is sata3. Here is the command I'm using. dd if=tempfile of=/dev/null bs=1M count=1024 ...
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SATA 3 theoretical speed

I can't understand which is the actual theoretical speed of SATA 3. The SATA 3 interface is known as "SATA 6Gb/s", so the theoretical speed is 600MB/s, but the SATA 3.2 revision allows a solution ...
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Do laptops really need hard drive caddies?

I purchased a used laptop which came without a hard drive or caddy. Is the caddy really a necessary component in all laptops? I know this is not always true, but in mine the hard drive inserts ...
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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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Dual boot with SSD and hard drive

I have a PC with an SSD drive containing Windows 7 and a hard drive for files. The harddrive has about 500GB of free space. I want to install Windows 8 on a new partition. Can I setup the partition ...
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Is is possible to get a virtual disc drive to mount over usb to another machine's motherboard?

Here's what I'm trying to do. I have dvd duplicators that only duplicate discs from a master disc. I can also install an internal hdd with images stored on them and duplicate from there. These ...
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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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Can I use the controller of an external hard disk to connect a SSD to a USB port?

Can I use a 2.5" Intel SSD with the USB SATA adapter from a My Password external drive? The adapter looks like this: Has anyone tried it? Did it explode?
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Swapping EIDE for SATA [closed]

I have an Acer laptop with an EIDE hard drive. Can I replace it with a SATA drive?
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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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Do eSATA HDD docking stations have a capacity limit?

I'm looking at perhaps buying an eSATA docking station to be able to easily plug in and unplug hard disk drives, particularly but not necessarily only for backup purposes. Note: This is not a ...
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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 ...