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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is the beginning file on a SATA HDD the same as an SSD?

Having a hard time finding the answer to this. The beginning sector for standard user data on a HDD (sata, scsi, or ide) is always the same. First question: Which sector is it? Second question: ...
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Hard Drive working incorrectly

I tried to install a second SATA laptop hard drive to my desktop PC, and everything works just fine, I was able to browse the files on it, until I try to format it. Then it started making a high ...
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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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How do I optimize eSATA performance in Linux?

I experience very slow eSATA performance. Around 5 mb/s on a disk that easily handles 150-200 mb/s. Do I need to enable some setting or module in order to speed it up? The disk is a 4 TB disk and the ...
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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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How do I know if an HDD supports ATA Secure Erase?

I have a couple of 2TB seagate drives. I have read that it is not a good idea to try a secure erase via a USB adaptor as it can brick a drive. Before I start to figure out how to get these HDDs hooked ...
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Marvell 9128 sata 3 or Intel P55 sata 2, which is best for Windows software RAID 1 (mirror)

My friends has a Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3, which come with Marvell sata chips and Intel sata chips.GA-P55A-UD3 specification I have just help him to install Windows 7 pro. I buy two new 1T HDD, I ...
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Disk drive not recognized by laptop

I have an external USB drive. Took it apart and got the internal drive. Used it as normal on my desktop. Put it back together and tried to use it on a laptop. The laptop recognizes the drive but does ...
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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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Are there any problems if one tries to expand Internal hard drive beyond maximum capacity mentioned?

I have a Sony Vaio and my laptop currently holds a 500 GB SATA hard drive. Recently the drive got crashed and I am buying a new internal Hard Drive. Let's say max capacity of my Laptop to hold is 750 ...
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2 TB hard disk extremely slow/stuck if used through a USB docking station, works perfectly with SATA or e-SATA

I have a 2 TB hard disk which I'm sure works fine. I have bought a hard disk docking station which should support disks up to 4 TB. This dock can use either USB 3.0 or e-SATA. Using the HD with e-SATA ...
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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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SAS 15,000rpm RAID 0 slower than external eSATA single 7200rpm drive. Why?

I've got two internal 135GB SAS drives in a RAID 0 array making a 270GB logical volume talking to my Dell Precission T5500 motherboard via a Dell supplied SAS 6iR controller. Writing Speed I SaveAs ...
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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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Second HDD only works on a single SATA port

I bought a second hard drive to set up in my computer and could only get it working by unplugging the DVD drive and using that sata port (SATA 4) on the motherboard. If I plug it in in place of the ...
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How to check my computer has SATA III or SATA II?

I brought a SSD last week that supports SATA III. I wish to connect it to my PC but I have no idea whether my PC has SATA II or SATA III. I can provide any details or screenshots if needed. ...
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How to check the health of a hard drive

My SATA drive started clicking and I was unable to access the data. It was not clicking loudly though, like a drive that has already gone bad. After tightening the connections to the hard drive, it ...
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Windows 7, Detecting hard drives; Done; No drives found?

I recently reinstalled windows 7 on a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (revision 2.0) motherboard with an SSD hard drive. I was reading about IDE vs AHCI and the consensus seemed to be that AHCI was better ...
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READ/WRITE DMA Errors with SSD. HDDs are working fine

I have assembled a custom PC, and installed Linux on it. I have tried using several different SSDs of the same kind, and I keep getting the following types of random Read/Write errors: [ 310.697924] ...
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Dell Latitude E5430 with PR03X Dock not recoginizing ext HD through eSATA port

I have a Samsung HD103SIf TB drive that originally came in an ext usb caddy. I used it with an older Dell Laptop running Windows XP. It worked fine until one day it would not power on. I pulled the ...
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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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When should I use SATA 6gb/s?

I purchased a Baraccuda hard-drive (model ST3000DM001) that supports a maximum read transfer rate of 210 MB/s and SATA 1.5/3/6 Gb/s. My motherboard has a limited number of 6 Gb/s ports so I'd like to ...
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SATA hot swap (AHCI mode), unplug data or power cable first?

How to hotswap Sata HDDs? After I choose 'Safely remove hardware' -> 'Eject WDC xxxxx ATA Device' what should I do? I've read this: 1-For unplugging I should unplug the data cable first then the power ...
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Is it possible to configure a Sata RAID Controller without RAID

I have a 6 port SATA RAID card (taken out of an HP ML150 G2 server). What i want to do is connect the Sata Hard Drives that i have to this card without formatting or loosing any data on the hard ...
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Why is my hard drive so slow? Is this normal?

I just built a complete new computer including a motherboard with SATA 3 ports and a brand new 2 TB harddrive 7200RPM, 64mb cache, and Sata 3 capable. I'm working with some large files and it's ...
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SATA drives: What is the difference b/w IDE mode and AHCI?

I just built a PC for the first time. My Gigabyte motherboard notifies me after the POST that I have SATA drives operating in "IDE MODE". It asks me if I want to switch to AHCI mode to allow hot ...
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Laptop not booting if sata controller set to AHCI

I have Toshiba Satellite C660 Tried to install Windows7 by selecting Sata controller as AHCI I got this message Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computers hardware may not support ...
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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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How to disable NCQ?

Is it possible to disable NCQ (Native Command Queuing) in Windows? Note: NCQ is a feature of AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface), a standard that applies to SATA drives. The reason one might ...
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How do I know if my MacBook Pro supports SATA III?

I have a MacBook Pro that I bought around 2011. How do I know what level of SATA the internal hard drive interface supports? This is the About This Mac: And this is what the SATA section of the ...
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How to identify what type of SATA drive my laptop can take?

I have a 2011ish MacBook Pro. I want to upgrade its hard drive, but I am having trouble identifying: What would be compatible my laptop. For instance, this SSD is SATA III. How do I find out if my ...
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eSATA and SATA III

I currently have a SATA to eSATA adapter on a system with SATA II, but I'm going to be upgrading to a system with SATA III ports on the motherboard. What I'm wondering is, if I connect the same ...
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How do I connect a bunch of laptop hard disks to make a “super” storage disk?

So we have a about 25 laptop hard disks lying around (when we get new laptops, we replace the hard disks with SSDs). What is the best way to use these? Ideally, I'd like to build some kind of disk ...
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Installing CentOS 6 on Asus M3N78-EM using CentOS software raid / LVM

I have an Asus M3N78-EM motherboard with 3 WD 250GB drives connected to SATA ports 1-3. The BIOS currently is setup to see the drives as AHCI instead of raid due to the controller driver not being ...
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SATA external hdd is detected as a removable drive and asks “please insert a disk”

I have external SATA hdd of Samsung 200GB. When i try to connect it to my PC, it's being recognized as a removable Disk and when I click on it, a message of "Please insert a disk to the drive" pops. ...
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Installing ssd in 27 inch 2011 iMac

I want to replace my SSD with the HDD inside my iMac and then move the HDD to the optical drive. Is this possible? I have read that I can install my SSD where the optical drive is, but I'm wondering ...
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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 ...