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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Does it make sense to install a SATA3 SSD in a notebook with SATA2?

I have a notebook with SATA2 interface. Most of the SSD drives have SATA3 and performance about 500 MBps (while SATA2 handles up to 300 MBps). Does it mean it makes little sense to install an SSD ...
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Is there a SATA cable which can connect to multiple disks?

I have a motherboard with just few SATA slots but have to put quite few hard disks in the box, so naturally I easily ran out of free slots. I wonder if there are forked cables (I have no idea what ...
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Device for easy hard disk imaging

I am looking for a device of which I don't know how it should be called. The current situation is that we provide computer services and often have to take disk images of hard disks before doing ...
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2nd HDD not showing up in “My Computer”. Using SSD as main drive

I just set up my new computer. Built it from scratch. This is my second machine I built so it's not a hobby I'm very proficient at yet. I have a 60gb SSD and a 1.5 TB HD In bios I set up my SSD ...
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ECS Elitegroup KV2 lite 1.0 Motherboard doesn't detect SATA drive and takes forever to load BIOS

my problem is as follows: I was connecting a (bootable) SATA hard drive to the 'ECS Elitegroup KV 2 lite 1.0' in my friends rig, which already had two IDE hard drives (one with bootable Windows XP) ...
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SSD connected through usb3 / sata

Is there performance difference for ssd drive connected through usb3 or sata? Im need to use ssd as external drive (usb3) and like to know if there is some performance overhead using adapter... ...
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Remove Backup Drive, Windows 7 Fails to Boot?

I have 3 drives, 1 SSD (Letter E primary OS) and 2 backup SATA drives (C and D). In BIOS when I disable either or both of the SATA drives, the computer will fail to start. From what I have read, it ...
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Computer won't start when connecting SATA HDD

I just bough a new HDD some time ago and recently i bought another SATA cable to have both HDDs connected at the same time, to transfer all the files from the older one to the newer. When i connected ...
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HDD sometimes not recognised by BIOS during boot-up, not always

I have recently built a new machine with Intel G2030 4GB RAM and Asus H61-M-K mobo. I am using a 160 GB HDD (Seagate) from an old Core2 Duo machine. In the old machine, the BIOS sometimes would not ...
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BIOS not detecting working SATA hard drive

Some time ago my power supply died. It's a long story from then till now, but the important bit is that I ended up with a new hard drive and a new power supply. I tested to see if my original hard ...
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How to define a height of optical drive of my laptop?

I have a eMachines E732G-382G32Mnkk. I want to install SSD instead of DVD-RW (MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8A0AS). I need a optical bay drive, but there are two heights for optical bay drives – 9.5mm and 12mm. ...
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Gray stop sign error when installing OS X Mavericks with Unibeast on a hackintosh

The Specs: cpu: i7 2600K (1155 LGA) mobo: Z68A-D3H-B3 ram: 6Gb Corsair Dominator (DDR2 or 3 I think, don't imagine that matters) disks: 2 SSD's, 1 HDD - SSDs have Windows 8 and Linux Mint ...
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Using an ATA-100 Hard Drive with a Thermaltake BlacX External Hard Drive Dock

Is it possible for a Thermaltake BlacX HDD Dock to connect to and recognize an ATA-100 Hard Drive? I know that the specifications for the BlacX say that it only supports SATA & SATAII, but I was ...
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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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ODD Drive detected as hard drive in USB to SATA

Obviously I have been using a USB2SATA cable to connect my unused iHAS drive to my computer. (No SATA ports left). The computer lists the device as a "bridge" instead of the real device as the seller ...
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HDD Regenerator won't fix bad sectors

I got pretty new Toshiba 500GB HDD as 2nd HDD(just for data) in my ThinkPad T400. Seller told me, that he just replaced this HDD with SSD in his new laptop. After about month of using I tested this ...
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Configuring RAID on Intel DX58SO CTRL+I does not enter RAID Config Utility

I have two 3TB HDD plugged into SATA 0 and SATA 1. I configured the drives for RAID in the BIOS and now when I boot I see the RAID config screen. The screen lists all my drives as it should and says ...
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Connecting SATA Hard Disk drive as a slave/seconda disk to a PC?

I have a motherboard with only two SATA ports. I am using both, one for a HDD and one to a CDROM/DVD. I want to connect a second SATA hard disk drive(HDD), but as stated the mother board I have does ...
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How can I use an old PATA hard disk drive on my newer SATA-only computer?

I've got some old hard drives I'd like to connect to my new computer to quickly transfer gigs and gigs of data from the old drives to my nice large new drives. The old drives are PATA/IDE/ATA and the ...
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How do you auto mount hot swappable sata drives based on what sata port it is attached to?

I'm looking to auto mount hot swappable sata hdd's. There are multiple drives so identifying them via their UUID's is out of the question. I've searched but can't find a suitable option. The ...
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Dangers of using external power source with internal hard drive

Is it okay to connect a internal hard drive (IDE/SATA/SCSI) to an internal controller (e.g. on-board the motherboard) and supply the power via another power supply or an external unit like the one ...
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My external HD turned to RAW - How to recover my data?

I have an external HD (WD MyBook Essentials) with all of my backups (1TB) for some unknown reason, when I try to connect the drive (Tried several interfaces: eSATA/plugged it into my PC/USB) I get ...
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IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapter troubleshooting

I brought two Vantec IDE SATA to USB 2 Adapters, as shown below: It comes with the following items inside: However, I notice a strange situations as follows: I use the 1st set and format a hard ...
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EXfat perfomance on harddrive

In windows administration tools, I can choose to format a internal hard drive as exfat. Harddrive is WDC WD10JPVX 1 TB model Should I use EXfat on a SATA hard drive?
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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 my MacBook Pro 2012's Hard Drive SATA Cable broken?

I dropped my backpack from my bed few weeks ago and my MacBook was in it. At first it wouldn't boot up at all, but I managed to boot it up using internet recovery. I checked issues with the drive and ...
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Which external 2.5 inch usb drives contain actual SATA drives? [closed]

I know many of the modern external USB 2.5 inch drives do not contain a SATA drive inside, for instance see this YouTube video about disassembling a 2TB Western Digital My Passport drive. However ...
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SATA HDD to IDE Converter. Is there size limit on HDD?

so I have this Macally PHR-100AC FW/USB2 HDD enclosure that uses 3.5 IDE drives. It came with 200GB HDD and since the thing is pretty roomy I'm thinking about reusing it with newer bigger (preferably ...
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SATA 3 PCIe Controller working with decreased performance (slower than SATA 2)

After reading this question about maxing out an SSD I decided to do so myself. My mobo only supports SATA 2 and has two PCIe 2.0 x1 connectors (which promiss up to 500 mb/s). So after some searching ...
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Software RAID 1 Configuration

I have created a software RAID 1 quite some while ago and it always seemed to work for me. However I am not completely sure that I have configured everything right and do not have the experience to ...
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Low benchmark score for SSD because of SATA revision?

I was looking at some benchmark scores for the Intel 320 Series Solid State Drive. Here's the sequential read/write speeds I looked at: Sustained Sequential Read: Up to 270MBps Sustained Sequential ...
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what is the fastest way to copy all data to a new larger hard drive?

I was certain this would have been covered before, but I cannot find an answer amongst all the almost-duplicates that come up; sorry if I've missed something obvious. I have a full 320gb disk inside ...
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Does it matter where I put my second hard drive?

I have a Lenovo G580 (model 20150), and in addition to the built-in HDD (2.5", 1 TB, Serial ATA 2 (3Gb/s), 5400 rpm, 9.5mm) I want to add a SSD (2.5", 120GB, 256MB Cache, SATA III). It looks like ...
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SATA Switch Drive

So I recently acquired an SATA Switch Drive ... http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Switch-Controller-Orico-HD-PW6101/dp/B005NVV2GC Now the problem I'm wondering is that is not compatible with the SATA ...
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Is it worth having SATA 6GB/s cables? [duplicate]

I've just received some SATA 3 6GB/s cables that I ordered last week, and it struck me how ordinary they look when compared to normal standard SATA cables. My PCI-E SATA3 card is yet to arrive. My ...
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SATA Devices not showing up when in UEFI mode

I'm trying to install Windows and the bios should be set to UEFI mode. The problem is that all SATA devices aren't showing up (shows as if there aren't any) so I can't boot from the installation CD ...
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Can SATA be used to connect computers?

Can SATA be used to connect two computers together, just like a crossover Ethernet cable would do ? I know SATA has no "networking" features and even though a controller may have multiple ports, the ...
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Booting From VIA VT6421A Based PCI SATA Card

I bought a VIA VT6421A based SATA card for an 845 chipset based motherboard. The card is working – I can access the SATA HDD from Windows/Linux. The problem is I can't directly boot from the SATA ...
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What does “LFF SATA” mean?

I've heard of SATA, but "LFF SATA" as listed on HP's specs page is a new one for me. What does the "LFF" bit mean?
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Clone a hard drive with ubuntu live?

My desktop hard drive is failing and I have to clone windows 8 and all my files asap! Was thinking that I could boot into ubuntu live and copy my failing drive to an external drive then swap it out ...
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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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Hotswap not working

I have a hotswap bay connected to SATA port 4 on my P5QL motherboard. Normally everything worked nice. But today I noticed that the hotswapping does not work any more. When the HDD drive is in at ...
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Hitachi HDD PCB ROM Replacement (firmware)

I've put a 24V adapter on a 12V HDD. Now the PCB is broken (HDD does not spin up anymore.). I'm very lucky and found a HDD with the exact same PCB. I've been searching on the internet and found that ...
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Do SSDs have to have AHCI to maximize performance?

After my last post concerning my motherboard's RAID, I'm considering purchasing an additional dedicated RAID controller, but I have a few concerns about what to buy, because I'm facing yet another ...
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Laptop harddrive sata connection seems to be broken

About a week ago, I dropped my laptop. It seemed fine at first, but crashed the next day, twice the day after, and wouldn't boot after the third crash. I replaced the hard disk drive in the laptop ...
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No hard drive detected during Debian installation

I'm having problem in installing debian 7.5.0 on Supermicro server running on raid 1 whereby the hard drive is not detected. This server is running 2x 600GB hdd and i'm using DVD images of ...
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Is there any limit on how many SATA power connectors i can extend

I am running out of SATA power connector from my PS unit. I have ordered One SATA to 2 SATA extender connector from ebay I want to know that how many max i can join them in series. Can i make 4 ...
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Windows 7 sata disk not recognized after wake up from sleep state

My windows 7 x64 PC/server worked fine until I installed a brand new seagate SATA hard disk (2 TB). My first disk was a IDE Maxtor (250 GB). I tried to use it as a secondary drive leaving the maxtor ...
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How can I add 4TB SATA disk to motherboard without formatting ?

I had a 4TB seagate USB3.0 hard drive with data. I took the case out and got the internal SATA drive from that case. Then I joined it to my Intel D975XBX2 motherboard with SATA cables, but the ...
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How can I join the big chasis with SATA drives to computer

I am planning to order this chasis with 20 SATA Drives It has only chasis and powersupply. How am I supposed to use this. As I have understood I need to add motherboard to the chasis and make it as ...