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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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 ...
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Getting data from linux partition on SATA drive from Windows or Linux

My laptop became unbootable today. Something popped when I plugged the power supply in and it wouldn't boot. Anyway, I took it to a hardware specialist shop to get them to open up the laptop and fetch ...
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SATA drivers for Lenovo 3000 Y500

I tried to install WindowsXP via USB drive as DVD ROM isn't working on my notebook anymore, but the setup stuck at copying files after partitioning the disk. I googled and found out that I must ...
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Why SAS SSDs are better than SATA SSDs? Or…not really? [closed]

I read a lot about the differences between Serial ATA, Serial-Attached SCSI and Near-Line SAS. I understood that SATA drives are mainly used in client computers, enterprise archive storage arrays, ...
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Trim on SSD on windows 7 with ide mode

I have an ssd on ide mode in windows 7. (its a clone of the hdd and that was in ide mode). I just turned on ahci mode (after using it 2 months in ide mode) and it works faster. I was wondering if ...
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Can't install windows - setup can't see my hard disk (RAID1)

I am trying to install win8 x64 on my machine. The machine has two hard drives connected in RAID1 I have just created : image I have inserted the USB containing the Windows installation media and ...
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ASRock 4Core1600Twins-P35 SATA Error

I have one old ASRock 4Core1600Twins-P35 type motherboard. All the things work fine on it except SATA connectors. If I connect (to any of the connectors) one SATA HDD the system can't boot. It stops ...
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Gradual loss of RAM, CPU fan, HDDs. Possible suspect motherboard?

I've been having quite some unsettling issues with my desktop recently In the last 6 months up until now I've had an alarmingly growing rate of malfunctions. In chronological order: RAM started ...
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Relocating a Hard Drive with shared folders from Windows XP to Windows 7

I have a secondary SATA HD in NTFS format that used to be a non-system HD for my Windows XP machine. I have folders that were shared in the network. The Windows XP has since gone out of commission, ...
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How to copy files from an old PC to a new PC?

I do apologize if this question has been brought up before. In that case, please refer me to the answer of that other question. I did search for answers but most of them seem to deal with migrations, ...
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Windows Installation Process Not Detecting SSD

I've recently bought a OCZ Onyx Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive. I also bought a Kingston 7GB pendrive and made it into a bootable Windows device. When I look int the BIOS it shows that I've got ...
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Possibly a dying hard drive, but reads, writes work - unsure about log entries

I recently received a Linux box having problems with Samba share - first off, couldn't connect, second ls -la showed some I/O error (close to what can be seen below) with no listing. Now, I've fully ...
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Identify if optical drive in my laptop is SATA or PATA in Windows 7

I never thought this will be soo difficult but without opening up my laptop how do I identify if the dvd drive in my laptop is SATA or not. And incase its SATA then is it SATA - II? I am ok with ...
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SATA-II SSD Raid 0 slow on Windows-7

I have 2 SSDs and made a RAID 0 with the on-board controller of my mainboard. But i only get 130 megabyte/second average read/write speed which seems to be pretty slow for me even for SATA 2 which ...
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Why is Marvell SATA 3 storage interface not recommended for SSD?

I am planning to add an SATA 3 SSD drive to my computer which has a Gigabyte UD7 motherboard (link)(Socket 1366, Intel X58 chipset). The SSD drive will be used purely as an OS drive for Win8.1 x64. ...
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Can I use a second power supply for hard drives? [duplicate]

I have an old Pentium-M based Shuttle PC that is great as a backup NAS solution at home, where I prefer low power consumption over speed. It only has two SATA ports. However it has a PCI slot and I ...
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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 ...