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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What is the difference between SATA and eSATA?

Is the following correct? eSATA is the same as SATA, except that the cable plug has a slightly different shape, but as far as the electrical signal goes, it's the exact same thing. In theory, if you ...
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Separating two hard drives (physically? SATA-Switch, Pulling Cords, ..) [on hold]

I need a recommendation regarding the (maybe physical) separation of a production environment (first OS on a sata hard drive) from another (second OS on a sata-hdd) - a bonus would be, If the first ...
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Is ATA the same as IDE/PATA or SATA?

I was taking a look at a HDD and I found a document (from Toshiba, link: 2.5-Inch SATA HDD mq01abdxxx) that says: Drive interface: Serial ATA, Revision 2.6 / ATA-8 I know that SATA uses SATA ...
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Performance of MSATA to 2.5" SATA adapter

I have recently bought an MSATA SSD as well as an adapter case that fits into my laptop 2.5" SATA bay. I have connected it in two configurations: - first through the adapter to the 2.5" SATA slot - ...
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Windows 7 Install SATA AHCI controller driver “could not be installed”

I'm attempting to install Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit from a USB flash drive on my new PC, but my SSD is not being recognized and the AHCI driver is failing. Whenever I boot into the Windows 7 ...
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How can I determine which of SATA I/II/III a motherboard supports? [on hold]

I am upgrading several computers at a time, pairing them with corresponding HDDs. I am looking for a way to determine which SATA version each motherboard supports. Manufacturer documentation does ...
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Sata HDD spins for half a second and stops

I'm trying to plug a 1TB Sata HDD. I already have a 500GB one. However, the SO (Win7) doesn't detect it, neither does the bios. I tried switching SATA ports with the older HDD and with a DVD Drive, ...
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SSD is very slow on PC

Yesterday I installed Samsung 850 EVO ssd in the place where HDD was installed on my HP Pavilion Dv6t 6c19tx. Then I installed fresh Windows 10 pro on it and everything went smooth. I didn't notice ...
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SATA III PCI-E controller card hangs installers / live CD

This is a long shot, but figured I'd ask here to see if anyone has a solution to my problem. I was wanting to put together an inexpensive file server, so I picked up an ECS motherboard that has an on ...
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is there a “safe” way of splitting (molex to) sata power? [closed]

Fires resulting from molex-to-sata and molex-to-dual-sata-splitter power cables are a well known phenomenon. My question is: is there such thing as a "safe" splitter cable, or alternative method of ...
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Why boot fails with bios SATA Mode as AHCI?

In a nutshell, I am trying to figure out for some Jetway engineers and myself, why the custom bios they made me does not allow SATA devices to boot in AHCI mode. Obviously, this is difficult to ask ...
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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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HP Pavilion P6210Y [Pegatron M2N78-LA Motherboard] will NOT detect replacement Western Digital 640GB SATA Hard Drive

I'm working on an HP Pavilion P6210Y (Pegatron M2N78-LA motherboard) that's hard drive has crashed. The issue that I'm running in to is that for some reason the computer absolutely REFUSES to detect ...
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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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Is my hard drive dead?

Windows 10 crashed on my Dell Vostro 260. It froze up and then just crashed, I have no suspects. I was just web browsing and checking mail. Norton and Malware bytes are up to date, so I do not suspect ...
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GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 or GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 (2x M.2 NVMe) + SATA

I have been considering building a new system with dual Samsung 950 NVMe SSDs and I am slightly confused about how the firmware on GIGABYTE supports this setup. Reading the manual for the Gaming ...
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Hybrid laptop - external USB HDD

I have a laptop with an SDD and with a free HDD slot. I also regularly use a desktop computer with its own HDD. However I have maybe an strange setup where to fully use this 2 computers an external ...
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SATA HDD suddenly stops being detected by any computer

So I have a 500gb Seagate HDD that, after powering down my computer one day, stopped being read by ANYTHING. It's not a mechanical error that I could diagnose; it spins up and down quietly and makes ...
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Seagate STSHX-M401TCB(M) SATA interface

I'd wish to upgrade my laptop's internal drive, and put the original one in an external enclosure to use it via USB. I could buy an 2.5" HDD and a 2.5" tray separately to accomplish this. However, ...
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Performance impact of SATA II over SATA III for ZFS?

I have a bunch of WD RE4 disks I got from a place that I worked. The drives are 3Gbps SATA II interface. I was going to use them in a server I am building for myself to act as a NAS / SAN for my ...
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HDD not booting over SATA, only over USB

So today I finally restarted my computer after something like 20 days and upon booting it just froze on the Lenovo starting screen. Upon trying to fix the problem, I discovered that unplugging my ...
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Mechanical harddisk defect causing system troubles - SATA

So I hope this question won't get mark as too broad, as I really want to get familiar with the deeper related issues. Background: A friend of mine has troubles with a broken system harddisk, after ...
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Dell eSATAp not working with some SATA disks

I have a Dell Inspiron XPS 15 (L502X) laptop, with an eSATAp port. I also have a Western Digital 1TB 3"5 SATA drive, that I'd like to use with the laptop. I bought a eSATAp <-> SATA 22-pin cable ...
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How can I replace a broken M.2 SSD mounting standoff for my motherboard?

I just bought an ASUS Z97M Plus motherboard. It has an M.2 socket. Here's a pic of the socket: I want to install this M.2 SATA drive: The drive is held in the socket by a screw in a standoff, ...
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WD20EARS 2TB Compatibility Issues

I have a system that runs the Asus P5Q Pro mother board and I recently added the 2TB WD Green HDD (WD20EARS). I formatted it NTFS with MBR. The system has been running for a week now without any ...
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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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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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3TB WD30EZRX is only recognized as an 1.8TB Disk - GPT formatted, UEFI-System - what can I do?

Searched through the net for about 3h now, tested anything that seemed promising - but still no 3TB! And I don't mean no 3TB partition - the drive is actually detected as 1.8TB by various programs! ...
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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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SSD died after BSOD

I was playing a game on Windows 10 when I got a BSoD telling me "Critical process has died", collecting the info took incredible long so I shut the laptop down via ACPI (waited for nearly 20 minutes ...
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How to have SATA drives connected to an Intel RAID controller as removable drives

Hi: we have a Supermicro server with an Intel C600 series controller and we would like to use some of the ports and their disks as removable devices, to allow to copy media from one server to another. ...
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Can I connect and disconnect a SATA harddrive while my computer is running?

I have a SATA hard drive that says it supports hot-plugging. Does that mean I can actually connect it to power and a SATA plug while my computer is running? Would be handy, but seems kind of scary... ...
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SATA Hard Drives not found in Debian Jessie

The hard drives show up in BIOS: But not Jessie. Output from fdisk: Disk /dev/sda: 232.9 GiB, 250059350016 bytes, 488397168 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size ...
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is it safe to power off SATA HDD?

I have an internal SATA Harddrive connected to USB through simple SATA to USB cable: ...
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Easist way to connect some SATA HDDs to a network without full PC

I have a few SATA HDDs in my big desktop PC. I store media and stuff on them, and access them from my other PCs over my home network. However, in order to access them, my big PC has to be on, which ...
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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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Which SATA port to use for Intel SSD with Dell Optiplex 990?

I just bought an Intel 520 Series SSD and I have 4 SATA ports on my Dell Optiplex 990. SATA0 - dark blue, SATA1 - black and SATA2 and SATA3 - white. On the datasheet of Dell Optiplex 990 I can not see ...
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what does sata port color means with Dell Inspiron 580?

I got a Dell Inspiron 580 at home. The 4 SATA ports on motherboard are coloured as blue, black, white, black. See table: Sata1, Sata2, Sata3, Sata4 Blue black white, black Does anyone by chance ...
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Internal SATA hard disk shows up as removable device on Windows 7

I am running Windows 7 on an Acer Aspire M7720 with three internal SATA drives; drive #2 and #3 are on a removable HDD rack. Drive #3 (on the second removable HDD rack) shows up as removable device ...
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Why is my Seagate USB 3.0 drive showing corrupted data when plugged as an internal SATA drive?

I have a 3TB Seagate Backup Plus Desktop USB 3.0 drive, which works fine when in its enclosure, but when I get it off its enclosure and directly plug it as an internal SATA drive, it's just not ...
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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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What's the difference between the Adaptec Hybrid RAID and MaxCache Using SSDs? [closed]

From this line of controllers http://www.adaptec.com/en-us/products/controllers/hardware/ Explained further here http://www.adaptec.com/nr/pdfs/product_overview.pdf My interpretation is as ...
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Asus SATA drivers for Win XP repair

I need to run a repair install on Windows XP on a Seagate SATA drive. It's plugged into an ASUS motherboard. The repair doesn't recognize the partition (unknown) and from what I understand, that's ...
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Many Transition from drive PhyRdy to PhyNRdy causing latencies in Windows 7?

My old Windows 7 pro sp1 laptop is becoming slow. It freezes randomly for between 1 and 3 seconds before displaying a context menu, or when switching between windows. After long searches, I suspect ...
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SATA III SSD downward compatible?

I have two questions: I have an old motherboard with SATA I slots. Could I mount and SSD SATA III? Is the hard drive downward compatible with SATA I slot? I wouldn't buy an SSD just to find out the ...
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Can't boot Windows 10 after connecting second SATA drive with Windows 7 on it

My Windows 7 drive just crashed. Tried connecting it to my roommate’s PC (Windows 10) in order to look at the drive, but when I do Windows 10 fails to boot. It goes to this screen saying there is some ...
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Computer 'clicking' and HDD's undetected

My homebuilt 2007 Intel Pentium E2180 system is having serious hard drive problems . This is the story ...... So , today , I opened my computer because one of the HDD's installed was not getting ...
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SATA3 RAID 0 vs. SSD

I'm going to buy a new computer, and I'd want to know (in terms of performance) which option is better. Obviously, the best idea is to combine them (SSD for the OS and RAID0 for the data). However, I ...
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R900 with Discs larger than 4TB

My Hardware Dell PowerEdge R900 with LSI Logic / Symbios Logic MegaRAID SAS 1078 (rev 04) R900 Technical Specifications About Hard Drives it says maximum for 3.5” 2.0TB SATA. This is an older ...
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Is there any performance difference between M.2 and 2.5in SSD form factors?

I am currently looking at SSD options for a computer build. I have come across two identical drives that come in a traditional 2.5in laptop hard drive package and a M.2 board. Will there be any ...