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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Linux - prevent disks spinning up

On bootup all disks are spun up, but 4 are just backup (and pretty noisy too). Soo I'd rather prefer to never ever spin them up at all when booting. Is there a kernel option which tells the kernel ...
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Would a high quality USB 3 SSD beat the speeds of a SATA II internal 7200rpm for gaming? [closed]

I have a gaming laptop and a desktop that I switch between pretty regularly due to not being home often. Rather than purchasing two SSDs, I was considering whether I could get away with getting a ...
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Does Windows modify a non-primary HDD without explicit user command

My Western Digital MyBook Essential external HDD crashed recently and I'm trying to recover my data from it. Thinking that the HDD enclosure is simply a USB/SATA converter, I tried connecting the ...
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How can I determine the SATA controller version on Windows?

I have recently bought the ASUS N550JV-DB71 and am planning on replacing the Bluray Drive with an SSD. Is there any way that I can confirm whether the BD Drive is connected via a SATA 2 or a SATA 3 ...
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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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Second SATA harddrive not showing

I've been tasked with wiping the data of a ton of hard drives. To wipe I use DBAN from a System Rescue CD. The tower I'm using has multiple SATA connectors. I can wipe one hard drive no problem but if ...
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How can I copy the data of one SSD to a different SSD

I wish to mirror the data on my Crucial M4 128GB to a Samsung 840 Evo 512GB because I don't want to reinstall Windows 7 and reconfigure & reinstall everything from scratch. What do I need? How ...
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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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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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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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Does this HDTune result indicate a bad/damaged HDD?

Recently, my laptop started slowing down a lot more than usual, where it took more than 5 minutes to load Visual Studio (Before, it only took at max 30 seconds). so I ran an HDTune Benchmark: This ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does the type of SATA port matter in regards to fileservers?

I want to build a dedicated home file server that will also be used for streaming numerous video files. Does the SATA bandwidth matter if I will be using 1tb 7200rpm drives? Also, would I be able to ...
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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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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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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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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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SATA Raid-0 Mixing SATA-II + SATA-III: Change jumper?

I have 2 SATA hard disks They are 2 TB each. Both are WDC Greens Respective models of *EARS *EARX EARX is SATA-III While the other is not. While the raid does function as is, would there be any - ...
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How to connect Linux to a HDD that has been “security locked”

In the process of playing around with several hard-drives, and hdparm's --security-set-pass and --security-erase options, I have a pile of HDDs that are in a "locked" state and I cannot unlock them. ...
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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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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. ...
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Using an SSD as a portable external drive?

Is it possible to use an SSD as a larger-capacity flash drive? I know that some computer cases include external SATA ports, so would it be reasonable to assume that one could interface with the SSD ...
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Multiple hard drive installation

My motherboard has 4 SATA ports. I have 16 Seagate Barracuda hard drives (3 TB each). If it is possible, how do I install these hard drives in my computer?
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Locked SSD: Am I out of luck?

I've managed to get myself into a bind. I have a OCZ Vertex 2 SSD that has a low level lock turned on (seems to be from a failed secure erase with parted magic, though not sure). I'm hammering at ...
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Why would you need to slow a SATA II hard drive?

I was going over some of my older drives and found a Seagate SATA drive that had a jumper inserted for 1.5Gb/s mode. I pulled the jumper and low an behold, it is a SATA II drive. Why would this be an ...
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How to connect multiple HDDs to a computer?

What is the best and most efficient way to connect 10 - 20 SATA HDDs to a home computer? I mean an ordinary motherboard supporting 2 connections for SATA HDDs. The purpose of this assembly is to ...
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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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AHCI driver installed but XP32 SP3 won't recognize it - only IDE

I want to get my existing XP32 installation to switch from accessing the primary active SATA drive via AHCI instead of IDE. XP32 was originally installed via IDE. I downloaded the appropriate ...
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Are USB drives as reliable as SATA [closed]

I am making a server that will have files on one 250 GB SATA hard drive that will be copied to the other 250 GB SATA hard drive (RAID). When I install my operating system (lubuntu or slackware) I can ...
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Broken hard drive

I have a tower PC that recently had a boot error stating that the hard drive could not be read. When the computer starts up, you can hear the hard drive spinning up normally, just as it had in the ...
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Is CHKDSK a warning sign of failing drive?

This morning CHKDSK ran on its own during boot. It scanned 1 out of 3 HDDs in my PC. Is it a warning sign that that particular HDD is about die?
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SATA3 6Gb/s HDD vs SSD [closed]

So I know a SATA3 handles a maximum speed of about 750MB. But when comparing this HDD and this SSD, what would be the difference in terms of read/write speed. Won't they both be using the SATA3 busing ...