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 to know (without unscrewing the casing) if my laptop is capable of supporting Solid State Drives (SSDs)?

I have a lenovo V470 and as an Xmas treat I am thinking about upgrading to Solid State Drive (SSD) to utilise the benifit. However, I don't know if my laptop's motherboard is capable of supporting ...
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SSD and HDD transfer-rates impossibly high

Sometimes when I transfer a file from my SSD (Samsung 840 pro) to the same SSD, the transfer-rate is 800+ MBps, which should impossible from a SATA6 drive. Also, my HDD performs at 300+ MBps, again ...
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Windows 7 will not boot unless I enter the BIOS or try to boot from CD

I have an amazingly confounding problem. A friend has an HP Pavilion P6000 series computer circa 2010. Recently, a storm came through and flickered the power a few times in rapid succession. After ...
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Is my disk drive (SSD) failing?

Just wanted to confirm my suspicions that I have a failing drive on my hands. So far here's what I've experienced: I initially got a BSOD while doing normal web browsing After rebooting; said there ...
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Can I Replace SATA 3.0Gb/s hard disk with With SATA 6.0Gb/s in Toshiba Satellite c660 laptop?

I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop and by default there is SATA 3.0 fitted in it. Few days ago, it stopped working. So I need to replace it with a new one. The problem I'm currently facing is I don't ...
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Use Sata III port with SSD or HDD drive? [closed]

I'm going to buy a new Desktop PC, and I'm thinking about buying a 32GB SSD SATA III and a 1TB HDD SATA III hard drive. The problem is that the motherboard only have one Sata III port, and the rest ...
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Determining Physical drive corresponding to Event Log atapi error on “IdePort1”

I'm seeing Error 11 "The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort1" in the event log of a Windows 7 machine. The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA P35 DS4 v2. It has 6 SATA ports ...
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Is using a laptop SATA hard drive in a desktop risky?

My laptop is almost dead, so I wanted to reuse every piece possible. I have connected my Hitachi 2½" laptop hard drive in my PC, and I am currently using it. Just making sure "Will it blow up?" ...
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How to determine cause for failing RAID arrays

I have to investigate a recent increase in failing RAID-1 (Mirror) arrays we're encountering in our installed PC park (10K+ PC's). The problem is twofold: one part of being a pilot phase we started ...
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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 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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What data transfer rate can I get with an SSD and SATA system? [closed]

I am looking for a solution that can write around 120MB/sec continuously to an SSD drive. Can I get this data transfer rate? The drive can be formatted in FAT32 or EXT2, and I write to it for say 1 ...
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Computer cables explained [closed]

I've noticed lately that places to learn about both power supply cables and also peripherals and fans aren't that easy to find. There's very little information available that gives detailed ...
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Very strange harddisc behaviour

Running Windows 7 64bit. Harddisc is installed internally and connected via SATA: Videofile xyz.mp4 can be opened and played without any problems. If I remove the disc and put it in an external ...
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SSD install - what do I need to watch out for when reconfiguring SATA ports?

I installed a Samsung 840 SSD in a Windows 7 machine. It seems to be working fine, but I'm not seeing the expected performance. The AS SSD benchmark gives 76 for read and 138 for write. At the upper ...
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Why my internal hard disk can be ejected?

I have 6 hard disks in my computer and one DVD. The disk that I connect to the 6th SATA port is a regular disk. But my Windows 7 64 bit shows it as a removable drive. I can eject my hard disk! Just ...
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HDD is not recognized/initialized via USB, only via SATA - is a reformat through USB a bad idea?

I have a 4TB Hitachi HDD that I purchased in Europe (I use it as a backup disk); I use Windows 7. When I connect it to a SATA port, it is recognized in Windows Explorer and gives no problems, even ...
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Motherboard HDDPWR1 connector

I need help identifying the name of a connector. I have a Gateway DX4870-UB318 computer, I opened the case and wanted to attach another hard drive, but to my surprise one existing SATA hard drive was ...
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Dell Precision T3500 - single SATA disk as RAID

Hopefully a quick question - my workstation has been configured with a single SATA hard disk, but the BIOS has the SATA controller configured as RAID, so essentially the disk is being exposed to ...
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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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Windows start up failing to pass ahci driver init

I have build a custom pc and used for a few months now without problems. One day however, i got home and the he was shut down because of some error. Started windows normally and I got two error ...
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ASUS P5B Plus motherboard - no any drives found - how to restore RAID array?

We have a small server machine with an ASUS P5B Plus motherboard and 4 SATA HDDs. The HDDs were configured in a RAID10 array. Up until now, everything worked fine, but now the system doesn't recognize ...
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No SATA drives after PSU Upgrade

I know this sounds a lot like this but I just confirmed that my MBR is fine as well as the SSD drive in question. What happened: I upgraded my be-quiet 700w PSU to the 1000w dark power pro. When I ...
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Bios won't boot my HDD (but he can see it)

I have a laptop ASUS A56CA moderboard model K56CA. I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and everything was working then I updated to a new Bios version flashed using Asus FlashUtility. The ...
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Is it safe to just use SATA-USB connector and plug it in permanently to the pc as extra drive?

I was thinking of buying an external HDD enclosure but I dont wanna spend that much. The 2.5 enclosure is cheap but my hdd is 3.5. Can i alternatively, use just a sata to usb connector and plug it in ...
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Windows 7 not recognizing SATA-connected Drives

EDIT: The drives are visible in my Windows 7 Device Manager, but not in the filesystem. It says the best drivers are installed. What's going on? I have a desktop rig as such: SSD1 - Windows 7 ...
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Clone external e-sata drive to external e-sata

I have a pair of e-SATA II drives that have been corrupted in a Windows Media Server NAS device. Before I launch into system repair, I would like to clone both of these drives to ensure I can recover ...
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Sata III to Sata II Port

Lets see looking at all of the information that I have from the web. I find that it is okay to hookup a Sata III device to a Sata II port or vice versa. The only thing that I have not being able to ...
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SSD Update for Asus Zenbook UX32A

I'm looking for a new SSD replacement (to a stock Hitachi HDD) for my Asus UX32A (Core i5 modification, with 24 GB SSD, 500 GB hdd, 4 GB ram). My choice fell on Samsung 840 EVO, but then I've scanned ...
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Internal SATA HDD Always Hangs The Next Day On Any Write-Access

I have a 250GB Maxtor 7Y250M0 SATA HDD that worked fine on my Dell XPS400 running Windows XP. Now I use it as second internal HDD for my Lenovo M85 running Windows 7. The installation went smoothly ...
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How to permently assign (reserve) drive letter to SATA Hard Disks which will be mostly turned off (offline)

I have following setup: C: System, programs and most frequently used data D: Optical Drive E: Virtual Drive four SATA disks which I turn off using HDD switcher. F: SATA Hard Disk - Data disk - ...
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Trying to recover files from hard drive, password protection is causing problems

I have the password, but the computer it came from got fried. It is a SATA hard drive (Western Digital Scorpio Blue) from an Acer laptop. I have a SATA to USB connector, when I try to use that, the ...
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Transferring IDE hard disk to SATA-only motherboard

I have an IDE hard disk and want to move it to a new computer. However, that computer only supports SATA and I doubt it will boot from a PCI IDE card. Using a connect that converts the IDE to SATA, ...
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External hard drive USB connector has broken, Ubuntu can't read it through SATA

I bought a WD My Book external hard drive in 2009 and used it for a few years so I have a lot of important data on it. One day I accidentally knocked it off a table. The table was not too high but ...
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RAID-1 causes far more noise than non-RAID?

After moving two 2 WD 1TB Black drives to a hardware RAID-1 system on my GA-Z87X-UD3H Gigabyte motherboard they started making a lot of noise and rattle. I've tested both of them separately in a ...
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Slow copying of files from Bricked NAS to computer via USB 3.0 to SATA

Unfortunately I bricked my "Western Digital MyBookLive 3TB" network hard drive. (Only had an ethernet port to access files via network) After realising it was not going to work again, I decided to ...
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how to properly use sata to usb cable

I bought a sata to usb cable to connect the hard drive of my desktop to my laptop and be able to burn some discs. Now my question is how to properly use it. What I'm currently doing is connect the red ...
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How do I stop an INTERRUPT_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED on my mv91xx.sys driver?

I have an EVGA motherboard with a Marvell MV99SE91 SATA 6 driver. When I go to their driver downloads page, navigate to Intel X58/ICH10R / 141-GT-E770 - EVGA X58 Classified3 / All / Windows 7 64-bit, ...
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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 I recover my 4TB SATA HDD accidentally re-initialized with MBR?

I changed my 4TB SATA HDD to a different 3.5 inch USB enclosure. When plugging the new enclosure's USB cable into my Windows 7 x64 PC, in the Disk Management MMC, it asked to be initialized with MBR, ...
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Repeated BSODs (0x7A) while Win 7 is running

I repeatedly encounter BSODs with this error code: 0x7A - KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR My computer is running Windows 7 (all the latest updates and service packs installed). I already looked up the ...
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Accidentally Uninstalled SATA Driver from XP [duplicate]

I was uninstalling a VIA RAID/SATA utility and accidentally removed the SATA driver in the process. Once I restarted the computer and the uninstall took effect, XP no longer had the SATA driver in ...
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Did I just fail at hot plugging a drive?

I have a small home server built around a Lian Li PC-Q25 case with a SATA backplate advertising itself as hot pluggable. The motherboard is Asus P8H77-I. I have 4 SATA drives attached to the backplate ...
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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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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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Can i use a pci express 1.0 card in a pci express 2.0 x16 slot?

I am runing out of sata connections and need to expand using a pci card, however, i only have a pci express 2.0 slot available, will a pcie 1.0 (pci express 1.0) expansion card work in a pci express ...
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AHCI / RAID / Asmedia Controller

I'm fairly new to modding/ tweaking but not so bad with computers; long story short I have an msi bix bang x-power ii mb in my workstation/ gaming system cross platform machine and I'm using all the ...
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connect SATA hard drive

I have a Dell Studio 1535 laptop, I removed my HDD and added a SSD. If I connect my old HDD with an eSATA -> SATA cable, computer does not detect it. My cable: I used this eSATAp to SATA power ...
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Any harm in swapping SATA ports?

I have 3 disks in my desktop PC (Z77 Intel Ivy Bridge chipset with 2x SATA 6gb/s, 2x 3gb/s ports). Current disk / drive letter mapping: Drive C: | SSD Intel 530 Series | Main Windows 8 drive Drive ...