Devices such as computer hard drives that communicate according to the Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) hardware and data interface protocol.

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Why can't new cloned hard drives be used in 2009 MBP 13"

Ok strange one this and really can't figure it out. Took out a dead 250gb apple (fujitsu) drive from 13" 2.53 intel core 2 duo (mid 2009) model. I cloned a copy of 10.6.8 using superduper to the new ...
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Does it matter where an SSD or HDD is installed in a Mid 2012 MBP?

The arguments raised in another question (and answer) about this as to where to install the SSD when running one with an HDD said to demote the ol' spinning platters to the optical bay because the HDD ...
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Modify SATA link speed down (Mac won’t boot)

I have a MacBook Pro (Early 2011, MacBookPro8,2) which I cannot reboot, otherwise I have to reinstall Mavericks every time. Sleep mode works, luckily, but sometimes I need to reboot. In April my HDD ...
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How to repair a MacBook Pro 2007 hard drive bus?

Is there a repair I can do to the hard drive bus on a MacBook Pro 2007? I've changed the SATA cable but it still won't see the drive, which I know is good as it boots externally! Disk Utility doesn't ...
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Any point in waiting for Samsung 850 EVO?

I'm about to upgrade my MacBook Pro (13" mid 2012) with 16GB of RAM and an SSD. According to this news article Samsung's new 850 SSD series might be around the corner, and I'd much appreciate your ...
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SATA II or III for external hard drive enclosure?

I want to put the hard drive (500GB) that came with my MacBook Pro (13" mid 2012) in an external (USB 3.0) hard drive enclosure. Are there any benefits to choosing one with the SATA III (6Gb/s) ...
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Samsung EVO 480 *and* stock hard drive not recognised by Snow Leopard installer

A friend of mine came to me with her Macbook Pro 8,3 (17 inch, 2011). The hard drive had failed, and booting into the recovery disk didn't show a working hard drive. I went out and bought her a ...
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Mid-2012 MacBook Pro hard drive failure (maybe? not really.)

Mid 2012 MBP with OEM hard drive. I booted it this morning to a flashing question mark folder. I happened to have an external drive with OSX on it, booted to that external drive just fine. I opened ...
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Size of my Cd-Rom (SATA)

I have a macbookPro 15'' mid 2009 and I want know which size is my cd-rom (SATA)because I have to buy this "component" where can I find this information ? My Cd-Rom is 9,5mm - SATA/SATA ?
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Replacing DVD with SSD - What is the best way to test SSD reliability?

There have been some reports of specific SSD versions/speeds not working appropriately in specific MacBooks. Depending for example on SATA chipset etc. (e.g. saga-3 drives in old early 2011 MBP?). ...
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iMac14,1 disc: 3Gb/s or 6Gb/s?

Does anyone have an iMac14,1 with the following disc? ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB This is a 5400 RPM Sata-II interface drive. I am curious regarding it, as I went in to the Apple Store to see what the ...
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Power Connector for SSD in 2009 Mac Pro

I have a Samsung 840 Pro in my 2009 Mac Pro, and due to the 2009 Mac Pro only being SATA 2 I get about half the read/write speeds. I've been doing some research and I came across a SATA 3 PCI-E card ...
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Why doesn't my Mac Pro see my new 4TB SATA drive?

I purchased a Seagate ST4000DX001 4TB SATA Hybrid Drive (SSHD) and installed it into my Mac Pro (six core 3.33 GHZ MacPro5,1) in one of the internal SATA drive bays. However, the system didn't see it ...
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Compatible SSD for an iMac 7,1 mid-2007?

I thought of getting my iMac upgraded with an SSD. The problem is that the iMac's HDD interface is SATA-II, and I've read that not every SATA-III SSD works in the iMac, although as far as I know the ...
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internal SATA to external (eSATA) port extension for Late 2012 Mac Mini?

Is there an aftermarket or home-brew solution for extending the 2nd internal SATA port in a Late 2012 Mac Mini (not earlier or later versions!) to the outside of the case, i.e. turning it into an ...
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New SATA cable, same hard drive problem

I was having hard drive problems with my mid-2010 unibody Macbook Pro. I bought a new hard drive and set up it using a SATA to USB cable before installing. Everything worked great so long as I had the ...
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How to downgrade EFI firmware back to version 1.6

I'm trying to get a SATA III hard drive to work in my MacbookPro5,1. I think I've finally figured out that if I downgrade the EFI firmware to version 1.6, my computer will negotiate the link at SATA 1 ...
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Hard drive enclosure for 2.5" Sata drive

I am not an Apple user myself, but trying to solve a problem for a family member. His Macbook Pro is damaged and not economical to repair, however he would like the data off the hard drive. Do I ...
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Transfer rate between Hard Drives

I am on a 2012 Mac Pro. I just asked it to copy my iTunes music folder which happens to be 40GB. Now, SATA shows a 3Gb speed, so ~320Gb of data should take all of 110 seconds. I know 3Gb is the high ...
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Hard drive will not format - bad drive or enclosure?

Today, I received from Amazon a Thermaltake BlacX 5G hard drive docking station and a 2 TB Western Digital Green drive. I inserted the drive and was able to format it into a one partition drive. I ...
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Is my SATA cable damaged?

Macbook Pro Mid 2012, original SSD. TLDR; Why could I clone my unmountable drive from an external enclosure but not internally? My SSD broke down a few days ago. It was detected, but I was unable to ...
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is it worth it to install SSD internally, instead of using USB3?

I prefer to keep my boot drive external, so that I can quickly boot using another Mac if my primary Mac fails. I use a USB3 drive dock to connect the drive to my Macs. I bought a 120GB SSD w/SATA3 ...
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MacBook Pro Mid-2009 13 inch does not recognize replaced hard drive

As the title states, I recently got a used Hard Drive from another MacBook Pro and installed it into my MacBook. The problem, is the laptop will not recognize it at all. The old hard drive just goes ...
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What do I need to know to buy an SSD drive for a 2008 MacBook 5,1?

I'd like to buy an SSD drive for my MacBook aluminium (MacBook5,1 from 2008). What do I need to know to buy one which will work fine with it? I.e. years ago any IDE drive would fit any IDE slot, but ...
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Diagnosing Unrecognized Hard drives

I have a macbook pro 13 late 2011. My setup: i have a HDD in the main bay for my files, and a SSD in the optibay with the OS on. The other day i received the message randomly out of the blue which ...
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Are the two SATA bus interfaces in the 2010 Mac mini equal in speed?

I want to replace the DVD in my old 2010 mac mini with a SSD but first I would like to know if the two SATA interfaces are equal when it comes to speed. I would prefer to keep the harddrive on the ...
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MacPro 3,1 (2008) logic board SAS connector: Has anyone “replaced” the stock hard drive backplane?

I have a lightly hot-rodded, early 2008 MacPro 3,1. Boots from an SSD mounted in the lower optical bay and attached to the second optical SATA port. Each of the four internal drive bays hosts a 3TB ...
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What is an SSD drive's negotiated link speed?

When I look at my Apple SSD TS256C (Toshiba) in the System Profiler on my MacBook Pro (Late 2011), I see: Link Speed: 6 Gigabit Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit Why is that? Does that mean ...
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Can I install an IDE (PATA) optical drive in a 2009 Mac Pro?

The 2009 Mac Pro uses SATA for its optical drive bays. I have an older IDE (PATA) DVD burner I'd like to use with it. I know there are IDE-SATA adapters, but they take up some space, and the fit ...
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MacBook Pro hard disk failure. How to recover and clean install?

I have a MacBook pro, 2009, 13 inch, Original Snow leopard OS. Recently, I was experiencing that my MacBook some times froze or restarted automatically! I didn't care, and one day it did not start! ...
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What speed is the SATA controller in a medio 2010 Macbook Pro

I've got a Macbook Pro 15" 2,4GHz i5, medio 2010. I would like to upgrade to a solid state disk. But will I benefit from a disk with read/write speeds of 500 mb/s? Or what is the max speed that is ...
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Does cloning with SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner clone everything from a HDD to a SSD?

I recently purchased a Crucial M4 SSD 256GB for my Macbook Pro Early 2011. I bought the transfer kit that includes the USB to SATA cable. After I initially format the new SSD to be Mac compatible, I ...
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What speed is the SATA controller in a July 2012 macbook pro?

I'm thinking about buying a macbook pro (latest 2012 version) and it seems sensible (from a financial point of view) to buy the standard built in hard disk and do the upgrade to SSD myself. In order ...
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SSD and Superdrive on Nvidia MCP79 SATA controller

Right now I have a Hitachi 320GB 5400rpm and a MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 superdrive connected to the Nvidia MCP79 SATA controller in my MacBook Pro 5,3. The link speed of the hard disk drive is negotiated ...
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Nvidia MCP79 SATA controller caps link speed

Why is my SATA controller capping the link speed? This is what it says in my System Profiler under the Serial-ATA page: Vendor: NVidia Product: MCP79 AHCI Link Speed: ...
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Is it worth it to upgrade a mid-2007 MacBook (MB061LL/A) to use an SSD?

I would sincerely love a new MacBook, but I can't justify spending the prices that are being touted by Apple what with life to pay for and everything. I upgraded my memory to 2GB a while ago, but am ...
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Is there a way to tell if I can use a SATA III SSD in my early 2011 MBP 15"?

I put my MBP next to the new Retina MBP today, and although the new display was incredibly crisp, and normal usage distance, it's just not that much better than mine as I'd opted for the high res ...
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MacBook Pro 13" SATA controller

Does anyone know from a trusted source if the new MacBook Pro 13" (2012) has SATA III? On Google, some places said SATA II and couldn't find any info on Apple's site. I also have one more question: ...
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Can't see new SSD when connected via internal SATA port

I just bought a new Samsung SSD 830 and installed it my 13" MacBook Pro (Mid 2010) in the hard disk bay, replacing the drive that was there (I actually have a second drive in the optical drive's ...
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Does a Macbook Pro have 1 or 2 Hard Disk Controllers?

If SATA channel 1 (used by the hard drive) is damaged, could it be that SATA channel 2 (used by the SuperDrive) is fine? I would like to know if I can use a hard drive on the SuperDrive channel even ...
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Tracking down frequent (every 20 seconds) SCSI hard disk drive access in 10.7

In a Lion Server (10.7.3 and 10.7.4 tried) system with multiple drives attached to an HPT SATA controller, there is some process that keeps accessing the hard disk drives exactly every 20 seconds. As ...
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What SATA does an early 2011 MacBook Pro has?

I want to get a SSD for my early 2011 MacBook Pro 15" and I'm not sure what SATA interface it has and what it would be the best price/performance blend.
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What is the connector used by the MBA's SATA drive?

I wonder what kind of connector is used in the latest MacBook Air for the SATA drive. SATA Express? When I first saw the gumstick SSD drive I thought it was using a SATA Express connector. But when ...
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What is the benefit of using flash memory in the Macbook Air?

I don't understand why Apple does not use SSD drives in the Macbook Air like some other manufacturers to (e.g. Asus, Samsung). The technical specifications of the Macbook Air on Apple's website never ...
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Can I enable AHCI mode of the SATA controller when booting to Windows on a MacBook with Nvidia chipset?

Is there a way to enable AHCI mode under Windows on a Macbook5,2 (white) on N-Force 730i chipset? If you want to just say 'no', please put it in the comments instead. Thanks. Advanced Host Controller ...
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What adapters are available for a connecting a secondary SSD to the Superdrive's SATA cable?

I have a 2011 iMac. I plan to replace the SuperDrive with an SSD drive. I've noticed on various images of, e.g., on ifixit, that the SATA cable that plugs into the Superdrive looks different to the ...
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Which SSD to choose for a white late 2009 macbook [closed]

Currently there are many reviews on SSDs, and different types of SSDs as well. What I would like to hear is what cost effective SSDs that exists that aslo has TRIM support and will work well with ...
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Upgrade SATA connection on MBP 3,1

When replacing my HDD in my MBP 3,1 with a SSD (SATA3), I noticed that the SATA1 cable can be fully removed. Thus I thought, that it might be possible to replace the SATA 1 cable by a SATA 3 cable in ...
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Why is my MBP not detecting my HDD/Optical Drive?

I've had a second hard drive in one of those optibay things in my MBP 5,1. It's been super awesome, until it stopped getting detected today. The second hard drive is getting power and is spinning up, ...
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How do I connect an internal SATA drive to Mini-SAS?

I have a SATA III SSD which I would like to connect to an ATTO technologies' SATA II card in my Mac Pro. The SSD uses the typical internal SATA interface while the ATTO card uses Mini-SAS both ...