Forum discussion tagged with SATA.
  1. kadxprime


    I have laptop which turns 10 next month. I want to change its HDD 500 Gb to SSD . I asked on Sony Support , but they said " its not recommended to do changes with storage as the company has shut down its operations in India " . He didn't bother to explain the technical reason. Is there really...
  2. DarkBot

    Question Dual Booting

    Hey, I recently wanted to dual boot Windows with Ubuntu. My Windows was supposed to be on my NVME drive and Ubuntu on my old SATA SSD. When I was checking if my PC could handle it I found out, that my BIOS is somewhat "broken". It doesn't show up that my NVME is connected even though I...
  3. NovaBrunswick

    Question Connecting my MacBook Pro's internal HDD as an external drive

    Hi there, Tom's Guide community! Recently, I've started to have problems booting up my MacBook Pro Mid-2012 with OS Mojave. When I press the power button, I hear the usual start-up sound, but instead of an Apple logo, the dreaded flashing folder with a question mark appears. When I looked...
  4. GusDJendra

    Solved! Is it possible to fix broken laptop SATA?

    Recently, i bought a HDD caddy to place more storage disk (considering my laptop only has 1 sata and power connector for 1 disk and 1 for 1 dvd rom). But after i place it into my laptop, my new placed HDD isn't read by my laptop (no idea why). But before this thing happens, my dvd rom also isn't...
  5. V

    Solved! can i use sata to pci-e converter to connect external graphics card for my laptop

    can i use sata to pci-e converter to connect external graphics card for my laptop. iam using dell inspiron 14-3467.
  6. C

    Solved! invalid dynamic disk when accessing old 1TB SATA to newer laptop via external dock

    thanks in advance for any help. I have an old desktop machine i'm parting out. I want to keep the data from it's secondary data storage disk drive and access it with a different windows system. There is no OS on this 1TB SATA drive (wd caviar black). So i removed the SATA from the desktop...
  7. M

    Solved! How can I remove password from my Hitachi SATA hdd

    As soon as I powering my Laptop it asks for Hitachi hdd password please help me
  8. O

    Dell G3 Laptop HDD SATA Cable Unplugged

    Helping a friend install a new SSD in his Dell G3 laptop and when I was removing the HDD the SATA cable unplugged. It has some blue film on top of the cable and it doesn't have a connector to make the cable stay stay in the SATA slot. There is a white hinge thing that I can push on top of the...
  9. L

    Linking SSD's caused huge increase in storage?

    Hi - I just connected a new 256GB SSD into a SATA chain along with a 128GB SSD (same brand and model). I formatted the drives as a single dynamic NTFS drive and now the total storage is saying 931GB. Have I done something incorrectly and should I reformat the drives again? If so how should...
  10. S

    GPU through CD sata port

    I got a new Lenovo 130 recently, and noticed that the sata plug for the CD drive is pretty accessible once removed. I'm thinking there's a way to convert that to PCIE to run a low powered GPU but can't find anything to get a base built on. Any suggestions? Some basic research I've as to if this...
  11. C

    Sata 3Rd plug

    They are 3 plugs on the sata hdd what's the 3Rd one for please????
  12. H

    Msi GS43VR 7RE SSD upgrade

    Does the Msi GS43VR 7RE work with M.2 PCIE SSD or only M.2 SATA III SSD. I heard different answers from different people, some say yes and some say no. How can i upgrade the SSD anyways because it only have 1 M.2 SSD alot
  13. C

    Solved! What sata does my laptop's dvd writer has?

    I want to change my laptop's dvd writer with a caddy and i would like to know what kind of sata that port is
  14. B

    Solved! Ssd problem help

    If an older laptop doesnt read ssd, would it read it if connected via sata to usb cabel?
  15. D

    Solved! Which would you choose to use in your laptop: A 1 terabyte SATA SSD or a 500 gigabyte M.2 SSD?

    Hi everyone. I have a question I would like to ask. Which of the following would you choose to use in your laptop if you had one of each: 1) A 1 terabyte SATA SSD OR 2) A 500 gigabyte M.2 SSD Why would you choose this one over the other? Thank you.
  16. open2screens

    Solved! Unknown Empty Slot in my Mother Board

    I have a Toshiba Portégé Z30-A. In the Motherboard (intel core i7 4th gen) i can see an Empty 5+28 pin Connector. i wonder it should be a PCIe express slot for SSDs. so any one of you please let me know what i thinking was correct and please tell me know what kind of PCIe slot is that and can i...
  17. A

    pcie or sata ssd

    hello. i want to buy asus fx570ud and i wonder whether it supports PCIE or SATA ssd. thanks for answering.
  18. M

    Use one M2 SATA and one NVME on same laptop?

    LG Gram 2018 has two m2 slots and on the motherboard it clearly says you can use SATA M2 or NVME M2. Laptop comes with M2 SATA and an open M2 slot. Could I put an M2 NVME in the second slot as drive D. I want to leave the initial Windows and LG installation intact on the M2 SATA but be able to...
  19. J

    Why does my Dad's laptop have such a high disk usage %? (Toshiba L840)

    Satellite L840 [Windows 10] Specific model and specs link here: It's got a 1TB (5400 rpm) SATA (not sure what gb/s? How could I check?) but whenever you use it it'll be hell slow and in task manager...
  20. N

    Help choose Hp Omen 17 configuration

    This is for wow and rts games mostly questions- is a 4k ips panel even worth looking at for extra 200? Intel optane vs the combo drives, optane is cheaper, seems more simplified(1 main drive)? Most specs are the same including I7 8750h 16gb ddr4-2666 17.3" FHD 144Hz IPS WLED-backlit NVIDIA...
  21. S

    Solved! Upgrade HP dv1000 to SSD: mismatch in drive connectors

    I bought a SSD for this sturdy old laptop. It has a SATA controller but the connectors are different from all the other SATA connectors I've encountered. I've upgraded three machines to SSDs so... The HP drive has down-facing connectors whereas the other drives have out-facing connectors. What's...
  22. K

    Looking for a solution for windows installation

    In my asus laptop windows is install in 22 gb sata drive is it fine for the operation?
  23. A

    SSD M.2 or NVME for HP 15-p208tx

    My Laptop is HP Pavilion Notebook 15-p208tx i7 5500U 8GB RAM and currently 1TB SATA HDD i am looking for upgrade to SSD of 250GB. Does my laptop supports NVME based or M.2 ? Also i am unaware weather these M.2 go into SATA port or PCIe port. ? Can I upgrade ? Samsung 970 Evo Series -...
  24. D

    should i buy this?

    8.generation Coffee Lake Processor Intel® Coffee Lake Core™ i7-8750H 6C/12T; 9MB L3; 8GT/s; 2.2GHz > 4.1GHz; 45W; 14nm Chipset Intel® HM370 Express Chipset VGA 6GB VGA 192-Bit VGA 6GB GDDR5 nVIDIA® GeForce® GTX1060 192-Bit DX12 screen 15.6" Full HD 1920x1080 IPS Mat LED screen ram 16GB (2x8GB)...
  25. F

    It says hard disk security SATA Port o WDC WD10PPVX-22JC3T0Lock

    How can I unlock Acer Aspire E-15 labtop
  26. S

    Samsung 860 EVO 250GB M.2 SATA Internal SSD (MZ-N6E250BW) compatibility

    Will " Samsung 860 EVO 250GB M.2 SATA Internal SSD (MZ-N6E250BW) " compatible with http://]ASUS B250 plus[/url] motherboard? I have a desktop with i5 7th gen processor and 8gb ddr4 ram. There is no GPU card. Will the m2.ssd compatible with the motherboard? Will it increase the PC performance...
  27. I

    Need help to choose between M.2 or SATA 3 SSD

    I have a dell inspiron 5567 with 1TB mechanical hdd. I am planning to install an ssd of 128GB and set it as boot drive. Now as this laptop do not have M.2 slot, i have an option of using a M.2 caddy to install M.2 SSD in either optical drive slot or internal hdd area. I need suggestions to...
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    I had no bootable message now I'm getting a SATA Port 0 Toshiba MQ01ABFO5o

    Harddisk security lock how can I remove this and reset my Acer Aspire
  29. A

    Alienware 17 R3 Upgrade; What SSD 2.5'' and SSD M.2 drives would be compatible w/ alienware 17 r3?

    I have an Alienware 17 r3, and I want to update it, but I have doubts about which disk to buy. I want to change my HDD for an SSD and my M.2 SSD for another more updated, but I do not know which drives are compatible with my system. to replace the HDD i thought in a SSD Samsung 860 EVO sata or...
  30. S

    I have a Toshiba L335 laptop with a failed 200gb 4200rpm SATA HDA - bad sectors and can't be recovered. This is a circa 2006 m

    Dead HDA in old laptop needs replacement - need to know if it will support new SATA drives and if it can use an SSD. SSD's didn't exist when this machine was built, so I don't know if it will work with one. I am not sure it can support a larger capacity standard 2.5" HDA either. The machine...
  31. M

    Solved! Samsung EVO 850 Sata III on 9 year old laptop with SATA II?

    Hello all, I have a 9 year old HP Pavilion DV6T laptop of the following configuration which for normal everyday use is still very ok: Intel Core i7-720QM Processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz FSB) 8GB DDR3 System Memory 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M WD Scorpio Black (500GB, SATA-300, 7200RPM)...
  32. S

    Alienware m5500i-r3 laptop hard drive compatibility

    Quick question. Does the Alienware m5500i-r3 take ide or sata hard drives????
  33. H

    Solved! Name of this SATA 'connector'?

    Not sure if this is in the right place but does anyone know exactly what this is called? I can't find one anywhere and need a replacement. It's from a samsung laptop and seems unique. And it connects to this: (Images aren't showing up for me with tags)
  34. R

    Will HGST Travelstar 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0 Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive fit a Toshiba Satellite P55t-B5262?

    I want to replace the stock hard drive (crashed) with the fastest and largest capacity hdd it can hold (hoping to buy from Fry's Electronics shop I can get it today, but I inform me of there's a deal I shouldn't pass up) The laptop is the Toshiba Satellite P55t-B5262 Windows 10 upgrade The...
  35. T

    Drive setup for Adobe Premiere Pro with 1 sata and 2 ssd

    I have one sata and two ssd drives, the ssd drives are 450 gb and 30 gb. What is the best setup? Can I, do I want to, put the programs on the ssd or the sata with the operating system on the sata?
  36. W

    Unlock harddisk SATA port 0

    How do i bypass the harddisk security SATA port 0 SAMSUNG MZNTE256HMHP LOCK ON A Lenovo yoga 3 pro -1370
  37. I

    Freezing PC with 100% Disk Usage Spikes **READ ALL**

    Please help and read it all!!! :( I am having an issue with my Asus Aspire 3 2017 laptop, here are the specifications: AMD A-Series Dual-Core Processor A9-9420 3 GHz (Up to 3.6GHz) , 6GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, AMD Radeon R5 Graphics. This occurred right after my PC shut off...
  38. O

    Acer Aspire 5742z will not boot with internal CD/DVD drive connected.

    My Acer 5742z laptop (usually) will not boot with the internal CD/DVD drive plugged in. 3 out of 4 times it will reach the acer splash screen and then hard reboot (in a loop). When I slide the SATA CD/DVD drive out it runs through startup with no issue. SOMETIMES it will turn on with the...
  39. C

    How should I secure a free-floating HDD

    My stupid bracket does not fit the HDD, or either my HDD has the SATA oriented wrong. In any case, I MUST insert the hard drive blue-side up. This stupid bracket is upside down relative to proper HDD orientation, and even if it didn't, the 1mm of thickness it has seems...
  40. D

    Asus k56 laptop not posting after sata odd disable in bios

    Hello everyone Kind of an odd problem, I was about to take my laptop outside in the cold to diagnose my car, so I decided to disable my odd sata port where the hdd sits. In bios I'm able to disable various ports including the sata odd. But after disabling it the laptop never fired back up, it's...
  41. J

    HP Pavilion x360 SDD/HDD question

    My girlfriend is looking at buying a HP Pavilion x360 with a 128 GB M.2 Sata SSD. I know she'll need something larger for storage than that 128 GB. Can you put in a 2.5" hard drive or SSD using SATA 3 along with the M.2 SSD or do they occupy the same space and you can only use either or. Also...
  42. D

    Sata vs pci-e x4 for VR?

    Anyone here have any experience with sata vs pci-e x4 SSD for VR games and apps? Just wondering if there is any noticeable improvement to loading.
  43. J

    Harddrive Type Help

    I'm trying to figure out if this laptop has a sata drive or an ide drive HP Pavilion dv5-1235dx It cannot turn on, so I'm not sure how to find out.
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    Harddrive, Bios, Sata

  45. T

    Asus g60v specs

    What are the specs of the asus g60v NOT g60vx or any of that!! Particularly ram type Ddr3? Sata or ide Gpu specs How many drives does it hold and how many dimm slots
  46. P

    Solved! cost effective of upgrading ssd

    My Alienware 15 R3 has 1 NVME ssd 256G (THNSN5256GPUK NV) and 1 7200 rpm SATA (HGST). For better performance, I want to upgrade them to Samsung 960 Pro 512G and 850 Pro SSD (SATA) 1T. But what holds me is the temperature. Hwinfo64 reads the idling temperature of the THNSN5256GPUK is 41 (C), and...
  47. G

    I want to upgrade Acer Predator G9-593 to a larger M.2 Drive (525GB)? But How?

    I'm trying to upgrade my Acer Predator G9-593 but it comes with a M.2 SATA III in and M.2 Form Factor. How do I do this? I've seen kets you can buy for an extra $20 which allow you to put the new M.2 SATA III drive into (in a sort of case) with a USB Connector on one end and some sort of M and...
  48. P

    Acer A515-51-589E m.2 PCIe or SATA

    My A515-51-589E has a 2280 slot with M-Key. Would it support PCIe or only SATA? I did not find any options in the BIOS. HWiNFO shows only 2 PCI Express x1 which are used for CardReader and Ethernet + WLAN. Would anyone have any thoughts how I can find out? Much appreciated. Thanks, Johannes
  49. M

    upgrading m.2 drives

    ok, normally i'm a very d.i.y. guy, with many builds under my belt. but with a laptop i went the outside help route. to avoid TLDR - i bought a new crucial 512gb sata M.2, and a seagate 2tb spinner to replace stock 256gb/1tb in MSI GE62 MVR 7RG. the technician was only able to install the...
  50. D

    Lenovo Yoga 11e support for SATA 2?

    Hi, I am using Lenovo Yoga 11e. It is running Windows 10, 128GB Samsung SSD. I used the Samsung magician utility and found that the sata interface support is only 1.5Gbps. How can I get support to 3Gbps SATA2 please?
  51. M

    Running several VMs for school - storage config input wanted - NVMe vs SATA3?

    So for school I'm learning Windows Server, and I will be expected to run several VMs (up to 7, according to a prof) at once. I plan on getting a custom laptop from Sager, and adding in storage to make it work the best. I'm just not sure how I want to go about it. My laptop from the last two...
  52. M

    MSI GL62M m.2 NVMe SSD installation issues

    Hi guys, Just bough MSI GL62M with regular 1TB SATA hdd in it and decided to upgrade it to Samsung 960 EVO M.2-2280 250GB PCI Express 3.0 x4 NVMe Solid State Drive, SSD has been installed with no issues, fitted perfectly, put the 15(!) screws back but in BIOS the disk is detected under...
  53. G

    Can my laptop work with a Sata 6Gb/s SSD

    Hi all I have a HP Pavilion DV6 - 4023TX laptop that has a 320GB Sata 3Gb/s HDD but I need to upgrade the HDD I have looked up the manual from here: and on page 2 it says "Supports all Serial ATA (SATA) 12.7-mm, 9.5-mm, and 7.0-cm (2.5-inch) hard...
  54. L

    Spare part needed

    Iam located in kenya and i need a spare part for hp g1 350 i.e sata cable connecting hard disk to motherboard. Any help will be appreciiated
  55. R

    can we install SSD in Asus R558U DM701d

    HI I wish to install SSD in ASus R558U DM701d . It is possible if yes, can you please let me know which SSD will it support . will it be M sata or sata ?
  56. K

    Solved! Asus ROG GL552VW - Chipset HM170 - SATA speed

    Hello! I want to upgrade my ROG GL552VW. Want to change the optical drive to an SSD. My question, which generation SATA is by the optical drive? The SATA 1 and 2 have 150 and 300 MB/s speed, which is below to the SSD's speed (450MB/s). My laptop have the HM170 chipset. In the specification I...
  57. Y

    can I use pcie drive on sata connector

    Hi I have laptop Sony Vaio VGN-CR354 with - Sony VGN-CR354_B -232GB FUJITSU MHY2250BH ATA Device (SATA) full specification: I want to upgrade the HDD to SSD Is it possible to connect PCIe drive on it ? If not can I use adapter or...
  58. D

    Solved! laptop does not boot and looses hdd in bios

    Hi, my laptop every now and then fails to boot. when i go to bios there is no hdd in the sata settings. Now i noticed, that when i unscrew the hdd adapter (which is attached with just one screw to the mainboard!!) from the mainboard and screw it back on, it boots again for a while and the whole...
  59. R

    Vgn-Ar21s Support Sata3

    Hi, Can anyone tell me if my Sony Vaio VGN-AR21S supports SATA III? Bought a SSD with SATA III to boost te performance, but not sure this will work. Appreciate your comments. Regards, Robin
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    Hard Disk Drives HELP

    Good Day! Everyone. I am planning on buying around 400x Sata 2.5 Hard Disk Drives as a bulk for a school which has more than 200 laptops and desktop running,. The seller says all drives are used but tested and are healthy. but i want to make sure i don't buy some defective hard drives so i want...