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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Use a SATA3 ssd on a USB3 external case will greatly compromising performance?

I have a mac mini late 2014, I do not want to open it not to lose the warranty. so I decided that I will use my ssd it with an external case USB3. Will there be any difference in performance / very ...
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Is SATA bus speed unique for each device despite advertised connection speed?

I'm trying to determine what is the maximum supported SATA version on my laptop. My laptop has: one mSATA SSD, one HD, one Optical Drive. Using HwInfo, I see: - Bus\Intel Panther Point-M PCH - SATA ...
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Can SAS drives work on a SATA motherboard

I have a Supermicro X8STi-F motherboard and would like to know if I can use SAS drives on it. I am not concerned with RAID right now, just if the drives will work. Or does the fact the motherboard is ...
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IDE HDD not showing up after installation of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Okay, so that title is really messy and non-linear, as least to me, and that's because I don't know how to properly title it, but I can describe it. Essentially I have 3 hard drives in my machine. ...
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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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External harddrive not showing proper partition table when removed from external case

I have a 2.5TB WD external hdd. I was trying to copy some large files to it and thought I would temporarily shuck it so as to remove the usb 2.0 bottle neck. However when I plug it in directly via ...
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Program or utility to identify which version of SATA is present on my motherboard (SATA I, II, or III)?

Is there a program or utility available (preferably free) that can identify which versions of SATA are supported by my motherboard? The application needs to either be compatible with Windows 7 (x32 ...
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Why are there so many pins on a SATA power connector?

I was just looking at the power connector for a SATA optical drive and noticed that it had fifteen pins! I then marveled at the data connector next to it, which has a measly seven pins. I know that ...
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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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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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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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Which SATA drivers to load in Windows System Recover Options on HP Envy h8-1414

I just cloned Windows 7 64-bit professional from an existing drive to a new one on an HP Envy h8-1414. Now I'm at the Windows System Recovery Options screen (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/...
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SSD works in Bay 1, won't boot in Bay 2 (Dell Studio)

I have a Dell Studio 1735 laptop for which I just bought an SSD (Crucial M4 64GB) as an upgrade. The laptop has two HDD bays, each with a different connector. Bay 1 is the bay in which the stock HDD ...
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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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Event ID 153 and 129 for three month old SSD. Did I buy a faulty SSD?

in April this year I bought a new Samsung SSD 750 EVO 250GB, installed it on my desktop pc and made a fresh installation of Windows 10. However, since I got this SSD, Windows will randomly lock up on ...
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How to reset the Intel SATA controller ROM?

I recently attempted installing Windows Vista in AHCI mode. I suspect that this adventure has somehow rendered the built-in Intel SATA controller inoperable in AHCI mode. I started off with a clean (...
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What can cause my enclosured external HDD to be detectable but not accessible?

I have this small Sata HDD and I bought an enclosure for it, the asmedia as2105 usb device. Now, my computer does detect the enclosure, but not the disk in it. I've tried other disks too, but no joy. ...
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Can read errors loged in S.M.A.R.T. be caused by the controller?

I have one little server at a remote location that gives me some headaches, as it now seemingly ate up the third hdd in a specific slot in a row. The last replacement was done in may (a 3TB WDC ...
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Is it possible to connect the HDD of a Cisco 8485DVB in this manner?

If i open the Cisco 8485DVB and leave everything as-is, except disconnect the data cable to it's motherboard and then use a USB 2.0 to SATA converter cable or something similar, to connect the drive ...
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Hard Drive slowing to a crawl

About a month or so ago I built a new PC for myself, I currently have an SSD that I had as a secondary drive in my previous PC as the main C:\ drive, a brand new 3TB Toshiba HDD as my E:\ drive and ...
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How can I remove the option to eject SATA drives from the Windows 7 tray icon?

The Safely Remove Hardware icon in Windows 7 offers the ability to eject my SATA drives, including the boot drive. I don't see myself ever needing this - especially not from the convenience of the ...
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GX280 SATA or SATA-III [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I connect a SATA-II hard drive to a SATA-I connection? I have a GX280, and want to upgrade the harddrive. Can I use SATA-II and/or SATA-III harddrives with this ...
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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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New Seagate 2TB hard drive not recognized in Windows 10

Added a new Seagate 2TB SATA internal drive to my Gigabyte Z68 Motherboard system with two current drives, a 2TB SATA used as C: drive, and an old 200GB drive used for miscellaneous backup. The BIOS ...
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New SSDs seriously underperforming under SATA II, why?

I just bought two new SSDs, the Samsung 850 EVO and HyperX Fury. Testing it in my laptop with SATA III I get the expected transfer rate of 400-500 MB/s. However, in my SATA II desktop both drives max ...
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How to know USB or SATA interface speed (during writing / reading) in real time

I'm working on a real-time system (Linux) and I need to monitor my ports (USB / SATA). And I need to know in command line when a USB key is writing or reading and at which speed ? Now I can know when ...
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Check HDD connection mode (SATA or ATA)

Is it possible under Windows 7 to check whether a particular disk is recognized by Windows as SATA or ATA? I've installed Windows 7 on an old HP laptop with SATA drive. Laptop's hdd in Device Manager ...
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SATA disks boot order?

I have a computer with 4 SATA disks connected, 2 to the motherboard and 2 to a PCI-card. I've moved all the disks from other computers so 2 of them already has windows installed, the other 2 has just ...
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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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BD rom erratic access / device not migrated

Swapped old drive for a new Panasonic BD ROM disc drive. It is behaving erraticly. I can hear it spin when discs are not in and I've noticed that burning data with ImgBurn is haphazard, cause looks ...
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RAID 5 - Server having 5 SATA HDD of 750 GB and 1 SATA HDD of 1TB size , will this combination support for RAID 5 and will RAID 5 work?

RAID 5 Configured on IBM Server, having 6 SATA HDD of 750 GB each/7.2K. Now we have one 750GB disk failure and we have replaced it by new SATA HDD but of 1TB size/7.2K. Wanted to know will this ...
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Intel RAID controller failing to diagnose faulty disk

On my system (running Windows 7 x64) I have an Asus Z87 Deluxe motherboard, with a built-in Intel RAID controller; my config includes a Kingston 240GB SSD disk for the OS and two Western Digital 4TB ...
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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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Will my HDD fit in this enclosure?

I needed a portable SATA external hard drive case so i saw some pictures but, i saw it uses SATA II version but my drives are just SATA. Will my drive plug in to SATA II if i have original SATA pins? ...
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Upgrading laptop from SATA 2 to SATA 3

I'm trying to upgrade my Sony Vaio Fit Laptop with a SATA 3 SSD. My laptop however can only support up to SATA 2. Is there a feasible way of upgrading SATA 2 to SATA 3? I know SATA 3 is backwards ...
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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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How can I tell if my setup allows SATA hotplugging?

I have Asrock Z77 motherboard and Corsair RM750X PSU. I wonder if I could hot-plug my hard drives - for example Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB SSHD drive. Of course, I do know that I would need to unmount it ...
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Hard drive always busy at 100%?

I just installed a new SSD to my computer (It had already one SSD and one HDD). I also swapped some SATA cables to get better transfer rates on the SSDs (They were on SATA 3Gb/s while I had two 6Gb/s ...
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How to access the data from my old hardrive

my old laptop died on. Me after taking out the SATA hardrive and putting in to a SATA-enclosure, I am able to access one of the two important partitions that were on that hard drive. The biggest one ...
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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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Can I Power A SSD From A USB Instead OF A PSU

Hypothetically speaking, let's say my PSU (Power Supply Unit) didn't have enough ports to add another SSD/HDD. Could I power my SSD/HDD via USB? Would it work? Would it still be efficient/would it ...
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Samsung PRO 950 SSD recognized as SATA instead of PCIe inWindows 10

I have a new ASUS G752VL-DH71 laptop and I installed a SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 SSD in it. The hard drive is totally usable in Windows (as drive G:) but there are three issues: ...
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GA-H170N-WIFI M.2 connector shared with SATA?

So I'm putting together a parts list for a new home server that also functions as the house's NAS. The MB I've been considering is the Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI but I'm getting confused about how many ...
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What do the “ATA/IDE Configuration” options in ASUS motherboard BIOS?

It appears that I'm not the only one with such question, but Googling revealed nothing. For many contemporary ASUS (maybe other manufacturers too?) motherboards there is a setting in BIOS called "ATA/...
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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, ..) [closed]

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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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, ...