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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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 slot)....
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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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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 no longer accessible

This is a 4 TB hard drive formatted in Mac's Disk Utility as a single non bootable Exfat partition with the drive letter G. It worked fine before I decided to make a clone drive of my C bootable drive....
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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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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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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 (6....
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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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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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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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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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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: ...