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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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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What is the purpose of this 4-pin interface on SATA HDDs and why doesn't it exist on SSDs?

I have 4 HDDs here with me, from 3 different manufacturers, and all of them have the following 4-pin extra interface beside the SATA connector: Looking on internet, I can see that it exists on all ...
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What is the difference between mSATA and SATA SSDs?

Is there any difference between an mSATA SSD and an SATA SSD (other than the fact that the mSATA doesn't take up a disk slot)?
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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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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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Are all basic SATA drives equally reliable?

I'm about to purchase a SATA hard drive. I was wondering if, aside from the storage capacity, are there any other factors I should keep in mind? I care above all about reliability. Is a more expensive ...
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Why does a SATA hard drive have jumpers?

Back in the days of PATA hard drives, a person used jumpers on the drive to indicate whether the drive was the master or the slave of the channel, or to let the cable select which drive was which. ...
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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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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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6Gb/s SATA hard drive with 3Gb/s SATA port?

I know I can use a 3Gb/s SATA hard drive with a 6Gb/s SATA port, but can I use a 6Gb/s SATA hard drive with a 3Gb/s SATA port? I am unable to find a definite answer.
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How can I enable AHCI on a SATA drive after installing Windows?

Can I enable AHCI after installing Windows 7 in a SATA drive that was on IDE mode?
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How to connect multiple HDDs to a computer?

What is the best and most efficient way to connect 10 - 20 SATA HDDs to a home computer? I mean an ordinary motherboard supporting 2 connections for SATA HDDs. The purpose of this assembly is to ...
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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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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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Can I install a laptop 2.5" SATA drive on a desktop without any adapters?

My girlfriend's computer has had the disk so I'm going to reinstall the operating system. However, before I do this I need to get all the data onto another machine. As the laptop won't stay on long ...
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How can I verify that my SSD is performing as it should?

EDIT: Okay, so I've no idea what caused the change, but after trying loads of different things to work out what was wrong, I've rerun the WEI (about the 4th time in total) and the score has jumped to ...
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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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How does the USB 3 speed compare to eSATA? [closed]

Will the full speed advantages of the future USB 3.0 be negated by the fact the most HD being mass produced are SATA 3? If so, what would you suggest a person do? For performance reasons, I go with ...
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What do the different colours of the SATA ports on my motherboard mean?

I've bought a new hard drive for my system, and my motherboard (an ASUS M2A VM HDMI) appears to have two black and two red SATA ports, with the existing hard drive and DVD drive plugged into the red ...
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Can I connect a SATA hard drive to to my PC, while it is running?

I am trying to do a hard drive recovery, and want to know if I unplug and plug the hard drive back in, while the PC is on (running Windows 7). This is a secondary hard drive, not the primary one. I ...
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What's the difference between SATA and SATA-II (3.0 GB)?

What's the difference between SATA and SATA-II (3.0 GB)? Specifically, if I'm shopping for a new (budget, so not new-new) motherboard, do I need to take into consideration if it supports SATA-II? ...
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Does having TRIM enabled affect other hard drives on a computer (and how do you know when Windows is using it)?

I recently purchased a new solid state drive (an OCZ Vertex 2 (80 GB)) to use primarily for my operating system. I also have three other SATA hard drives of assorted sizes for long-term data storage. ...
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Can hard drives fully utilize SATA III?

My motherboard currently supports both SATA II and III (3 Gb/s and 6Gb/s respectively), but after reading some online, it seems as though connecting a HDD to the 6 Gb/s is pretty much pointless. If ...
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SSD Perfomance - Internal vs External?

I got a SSD for Christmas and it came with the option to have it installed internally or externally. I'm wondering if I have it setup as an external hard drive, will there be any major performance ...
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Are all SATA cables compatible with SATA 3?

I have a HP Compaq de5700 Small Form Factor desktop computer, and I am looking to upgrade it's hard drive. When I open up the box, it clearly has available SATA connectors on the motherboard, but no ...
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How to find SATA controller version on Ubuntu laptop. Do I have SATA 1, 2, or 3? I, II, or III?

I'm running Ubuntu on a laptop and am shopping to upgrade to an SSD. Based on the specs for this drive for example, it seems like I should figure out what version of SATA my computer will support ...
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Can I connect a SATA-II hard drive to a SATA-I connection?

I have an older computer with a SATA-I connection. My hard drive crashed and I need to buy a new hard drive. Will I run into problems if I connect a SATA-II drive to my computer?
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Windows 7 setup doesn't recognize my Intel SSD 320 series drive

I have replaced my hard drive with a Intel SSD 320 Series (120Gb) and changed the SATA mode to AHCI in the BIOS. But the Windows 7 setup doesn't recognize the SSD drive. I tried to install a driver ...
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What type of 2.5" drive is this, is it ide?

Trying find out what type of drive I have in my laptop. Is just died and I'm keen to find out what sort it is ? Heres a photo...
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S.M.A.R.T. Hard drive failure test?

I'm working on my mom's computer and she freaked because it told her "There was an imminent hard drive failure about to occurr." I did some digging and found it was related to the S.M.A.R.T. ...
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How can I enable AHCI mode after Windows Vista install in IDE mode and before/for Windows 7 clean install? [duplicate]

I just purchased a 2TB Fantom USB2/eSATA external hard drive. Unfortunately it revealed my oversight when my first custom system was built last Summer. I installed Vista Home Premium 64bit in IDE ...
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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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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 III 6Gb/s, is that 6gbit/sec per device, or for the entire controller?

If I have (12) SSD drives in a RAID6, will the max connection speed of each drive be 6Gbps, or is that for the entire controller?
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Connecting Internal SATA HDD to eSATA

I have these 3 things: (1) An internal 3.5 SATA HDD. (2) An independent power supply that provides a Molex style connector (i.e. 5V and 12V power) and an adapter to convert it into SATA (except that ...
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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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Mixing SATA and SAS drives on same controller

I have a desktop at home with both SAS and SATA ports. (The SAS ports are supplied by a 3ware 9750 card). Currently I have 5 SATA drives connected to these. One small SSD to boot from and four larger ...
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Do hard disk drives turn on 512e (512byte emulation of 4k sectors) as-needed depending on host controller?

I have a 4 TB hard disk that has 4k physical sector size (Advanced Format) and I attached it to two SATA host controllers (one internal and one in a USB enclosure). On the (older, about 2010) it comes ...
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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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Do all SATA to USB converters need AC power?

I'm shopping for SATA to USB converters. It looks like most need AC power cable as well as the actual converter. I know that his one leeches the power off the host computer but also has two usb ...
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How to connect this laptop SATA HDD to regular desktop SATA cable?

How can I connect this laptop SATA HDD to regular desktop SATA cable? Please look at the picture for reference. I can't find any adaptors and not sure if any SATA dock has similar connector. EDIT: ...
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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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Do I get any performance boost with an IDE to SATA adapter?

I picked up a barebones PC kit the other day so that I could get a speed boost and still use my old hard drives/DVD drives, etc. I currently have two IDE drives and unfortunately the new motherboard ...
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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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Adding a SATA 6 Gbit/s PCI Express controller card?

If I add a SATA 6 Gbit/s PCI Express card to my motherboard, will I get similar speed to native SATA ports built into the motherboard? I ask because I have a SATA 6 Gbit/s SSD and my motherboard ...
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How to connect a desktop SATA harddrive to laptop?

I will be going out of the country for a couple of months, and most of my stuff will go in storage. I will be taking my laptop, and will be keeping the desktop back at home. I was thinking of taking ...
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In BIOS, what does “SATA Controller” with the ability to select either IDE or RAID mean?

In my BIOS, I've got a setting called "SATA Controller" that can select either IDE or RAID. It's currently set to IDE. What does this setting mean, and will bad things happen if I change it? My ...
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How do you find out whether your disc is SATA or not?

I have a laptop and am trying to figure out if my disc drive is a SATA or not without opening it. Is there a way to find out? I looked at Computer Management, but I can't tell if my drive is SATA or ...
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Are SATA II and SATA 3.0 Gbps compatible?

I am trying to check that if I buy a new internal HDD it will work in the NAS I am buying. Currently I'm confused about naming schemes and once that is resolved whether there is compatibility. I will ...
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Internal SATA connected to External SATA without an enclosure

Would there be any problem connecting an internal SATA drive using an old PC Power Supply for its power and connecting to an external SATA port on a laptop? Would there be any voltage conflicts? I ...