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Questions tagged [pata]

PATA (Parallel ATA) is better known as IDE. IDE/PATA is the predecessor to SATA in terms of storage device controllers.

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Disk drives interface

It is often said that the disk drive interface is a bottleneck in data transfer. Eg. in the case of hard drives, the data is transferred from hard drive buffer to hard drive memory module. And since ...
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Lots of “weird value (4294967295) in do_write” errors when running badblocks

I'm using badblocks to check for bad sectors on a 200GB IDE/PATA HDD, which is a few years old now. The disk was working fine a few weeks ago, but in between putting it in short-term storage and ...
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LBA-48 only works after going to standby with 250gb ATA/IDE drive

I decided to get an SSD for my old Acer TravelMate 662LCI laptop, so i bought this IDE to M.2 adapter and a Western Digital Blue 250GB SSD. The laptop is currenty running Arch Linux on an external ...
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What was this DIG (or may be D G ) Interface on IDE (PATA) CD Writer?

I hope this question is in scope for this site. While I was just about to throw away my very old internal CD Writer (PATA Interface) in E-Waste, I saw two pins on its extreme left back panel ...
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Loading up old IDE drive on SATA machine

I have an old IDE drive from my last machine. The drive officially died, but I never tossed it since it has some important data on it. I always hoped the day would come that I'd figure out how to boot ...
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Are 40pin to 44pin IDE adapters 'smart' or 'dumb'? (dumb is good)

I want to connect an old laptop drive to an old desktop motherboard. Do these adapters passively send and receive signals from the ide port? Or do they have logic/chips in them? I'm going to use the ...
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Old 261 MB PATA Hard Disk Shows Up in Gnome-Disks as 2.2 TB

I am trying to check an old 261 MB Hard disk before disposal. SEAGATE ST3290A * 1001 CYL * 15 HEADS * 34 SECT * 261.3 MB I'm using NewerTech ATA to USB Adapter and connecting to ...
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pata hard disk I/O error in 2 sectors

after deleting all partitions and creating one fat32 partition, I got this error in the terminal and then I ran GSmartControl and got a report. and also the chkdsk gave me an error An error occurred ...
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New freebsd setup partitioning

I am setting up a new server for my home network that is going to run freebsd. I have three hard disks installed, one is 3GB, one 20GB, and one 40GB. The disks are on an IDE bus with the 3GB drive as ...
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Performance of IDE HDDs on the same cable

What are the performance implications (if any) of two IDE HDDs: being on the same cable (=IDE channel) vs on different cables (channels) of the same IDE controller? using different Ultra-ATA modes ...
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Cannot boot windows after HDD change

I got PC with MSI n1996 motherboard and a SATA HDD. My HDD broke down so I had to change it. I changed it with a PATA HDD. After I installed it to pc, wanted to start it. It didn't boot the win10 that ...
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Creating a parasitic Windows installation [closed]

Okay, I have recently revived an old computer of mine, and had an idea I wanted to explore. It's an old Gigabyte board with Intel Pentium 4 @3.0 GHz Prescott processor. I also have two IDE hard ...
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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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Booting IDE as master, no boot, no operating sys (/w status need?)

Partitioning status (IDE must be booted in another PC: Those are my partitionings. I have 2 HDDs, 1 IDE and 1 SATA (which I'm running). SATA (C:) gives status; (System, Boot, Page File, Active, ...
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Internal hard drive with data cable connected but power cable disconnected

Is it OK to leave an internal hard drive's data cable connected to the computer motherboard but disconnect the power cable? Or will this damage the hard drive and/or the motherboard? I've got a ...
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Upgrading mSATA or M.2 w/adapter in IDE/PATA Powerbook G4?

this is my first question here: I would like to upgrade my 17" powerbook G4 (running MacOS10.4.11 on 1,5GHz, 2GB RAM, 160 GB HDD (IDE/PATA)) - with, for example, a 250GB mSATA or M.2 (SATA) SDD (60-...
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IDE to SATA converter not working. Incompatible or faulty?

I bought this cheap (2$) IDE to SATA adapter, connected it to my IDE hard disk, my sata motherboard and power plug and it does not function. A red light is lit on the little board but it just delays ...
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Getting old 40MB hard drive usable in Windows with USB adapter

I have some old hard drives (~40MB) and a couple different USB-to-IDE adapters. When I fire up these old drives, I'm able to see the drive model name in various disk utilities under Windows 7. ...
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How to replace hard drive and switch drive cable in a Dell Mini 12

I have a Dell Mini 12 (1012) with a missing hard drive. The hard drive is PATA (IDE / parallel ATA) with a small ribbon cable that goes directly into the drive. Finding a compatible drive for low ...
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How to disable the IDE controller on this Asrock AMD motherboard?

I have this motherboard with AMD 710 southbridge: Asrock 980DE3/U3S3 R2.0. I no longer use the IDE/PATA controller, therefore i’d like to disable it to free system resources. I can see the options to ...
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Maximum PATA hard drive capacity for an old HP OmniBook vt6200 laptop

I’ve been searching for any clue that could tell me if this HP OmniBook vt6200 laptop has any limitations on the maximum hard drive capacity it supports. But found nothing. It’s a laptop from around ...
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IDE/PATA wire order?

I know the red wire is Pin 1, is the next wire (to the right in picture) Pin 2 or 3? Basically wondering if it alternates? I am honestly hacking up a IDE cable to connect an AC '97 connector (10-pin) ...
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Drivers for VT6421A Controller Card

The hard disk controller on my motherboard went out, so I'm trying to install this VT6421A PCI controller card. Unfortunately, I've looked at a couple of posts on SuperUser and other forums, but I ...
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My hard drive is buzzing

A month ago, I've added a hard drive from an old computer of a friend and it started to buzz, my solution now is hit it with the IDE cable plastic, but 5 minutes later starts to buzz again. Hard ...
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How do I connect a IDE hard disk to a machine that only support SATA

Given that IDE to USB2 converter is not allowed to be use, how do one connect a IDE hard disk to a machine that only support SATA hard disks and have PCI slots only and yet achieve the highest ...
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Storage reliable measurement standard for sd card, sata hard disk, ssd hard disk

Is there a measurement standard that measure the reliability for the following storage devices: sd card sata hard disk (regardless 2.5 or 3.5 inch) ssd hard disk (regardless 2.5 or 3.5 inch) From ...
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Need clarification on what IDE hard drive size—2.5 inch versus 3.5 inch—actually means

I have some older IDE (parallel ATA) hard drives I want to check for files before tossing them out. I have found SATA/IDE to USB Adapters to use, but they specify 2.5" and 3.5" hard drive connections. ...
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Connecting IDE 3.5" to laptop SATA

Hey people I have this hard drive and I would like to connect it to laptop which has SATA connector, I could buy IDE to SATA adapter but what about the power supply?
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Can you connect a PCMCIA card to an IDE slot?

I have just discovered that a PC card (of the PCMCIA variety) uses the same electrical interface as CompactFlash. CompactFlash uses the ATA interface, and you can get cheap adapters to plug a CF card ...
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Find whether a SATA port is available from within Windows 7

A relative has a faulty DVD drive connected by a PATA connector to the motherboard of his computer. Since most new DVD drives are SATA, I wonder how can I tell if I would be able to connect a new SATA ...
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Can't find an old IDE connector for Apple iBook G4 HDD [closed]

I am asking it here because I did not know where to ask this question, looked it up and this is what I found: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/57998/hardware-questions-and-stack-exchange I am ...
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can't plug in IDE drive to Dell Precision 380

I have Dell Precision 380 and want to add an IDE Hard drive to it. The IDE drive is Seagate and Jumper settings are I unplugged the IDE cable from the CD drive and tried that way but it won't start ...
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Does hooking up two PATA devices on a single cable reduce performance?

Presently, I have two PATA (Parallel ATA) devices installed in my computer. One is an optical drive, the other is a hard drive. Since my motherboard only has a single PATA connector, they are both ...
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How do I determine if a hard drive will fit in my computer?

I noticed this question was asked quite a few times already in varying forms; however, I saw nothing that really answers my question... So here goes; I have an older Dell laptop that needs a new hard ...
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Determine which physical HDD is which

I have an Asus M5A88-M motherboard with six identical SATA drives running Windows 7. One drive is the boot/OS drive and the others are just data drives, but I don't know which is which. Suddenly the ...
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How to run SSD in XP with SATA hard drive to IDE adapter

Any tips please? I have a 840 EVO SSD, a SATA Hard Drive to IDE (ATA-133/100) UDMA PATA Adapter and XP. I have an old Dell Dimension 4550 with a soon to fail HD so since I have a spare SSD, want to ...
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IDE HDD + USB to IDE + PSU + AC cable = external HDD?

I have couple of 40 pin IDE HDDs which I want to use as external HDDs. Also I have old 300W PSU with AC cable and plan to buy cheap USB to IDE converter like that: I'm not sure if I haven't missed ...
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Switch HDD mode from RAID to IDE [closed]

I made an ghost of 2 drives that were installed as raid 0 I made a ghost to one big drive. Now in the bios, the big drive can only run in raid0 modus. Is there a easy way so I can run this drive as ...
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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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Can I connect a 3.5" HDD to a laptop using USB 2.0?

Is there any risk to either the hard drive or the laptop if I connect them together using a USB 2.0 to SATA IDE cable? Is there any risk in creating a back-up of the laptop, on the 3.5" SATA HDD with ...
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CF Card as IDE Hard Drive

I have an older laptop made in 97 with a Pentium MMX. I have been trying to use a CF card (Transcend 4GB) as an IDE hard drive for 2 days straight and its driving me nuts. I'm basically using a ...
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Can I attach a Zip Drive to a Hard Disk Enclosure?

I have a 3.5 inch IDE/SATA (it has cables for both) enclosure, an old internal IDE Zip drive and 20 Zip disks. I just want to pull whatever's on them off and store the files somewhere else. I'm not ...
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Purpose of this IDE cable's attachment box? Is it safe to remove it?

I've got an IDE (PATA) cable which has a small black box attached to it via cable: The box features a set of Molex power connectors and a small connector labeled H.D.D. LED, just like those which are ...
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Strange HDD sound with sytem hanging

I have an old computer with three IDE (PATA) hard drives. Sometimes (I still don't know what's causing it) some of them suddenly clicks, creaks and squeaks, system hangs for a second and then ...
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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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Connect external SATA or PATA drive without USB?

A couple of times each month, a friend or relative will hand me a smoldering computer and ask me to retrieve the data then ditch the drive. I connect the drive to my trusty Frankenputer, copy the ...
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Disk actions are not available for some drive in Disk Management

I have plugged old E-IDE PATA drive into my motherboard and it detected it, unfortunately, Windows only see this drive but can't do anything with it. Why?
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Is there any way to use a 500G 2.5" SATA HDD with a computer with an old i845 chipset? [closed]

I have an old computer lying around that uses the Intel i845 chipset. It is conencted to a 40GB, 5800RPM 3.5" Seagate ST340015A Ultra ATA HDD that recently went kaput. It uses an 80-conductor 40-pin ...
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How to copy files from an old PC to a new PC?

I do apologize if this question has been brought up before. In that case, please refer me to the answer of that other question. I did search for answers but most of them seem to deal with migrations, ...
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Identify if optical drive in my laptop is SATA or PATA in Windows 7

I never thought this will be soo difficult but without opening up my laptop how do I identify if the dvd drive in my laptop is SATA or not. And incase its SATA then is it SATA - II? I am ok with ...