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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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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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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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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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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How to securely erase an arbitrary SATA drive, utilizing the drive firmware to do so?

The problem with using Disk Utility or dd if=/dev/zero to erase a disk is that: It applies unnecessary wear to SSD drives. It sends the drive's capacity worth of zeroes over the drive's interface. ...
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Macbook Pro Retina 13 (late 2012) SSD replacement, putting in a SATA 2.5' SSD drive?

Macbook Pro Retina 13 (late 2012) SSD replacement, putting in a SATA 2.5' drive? Before you jump in and say no it can't be done please read the below information to see it can be done. The late 2012 ...
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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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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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Dual hard drive setup in early 2011 MacBook Pro 17" (replacing optical drive with HDD)

I have an early-2011 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.10.2 (also Windows 7 Professional on a Boot Camp partition), and recently upgraded my hard drive to a 500GB SSD (Crucial MX100). The speed is amazing, ...
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Can my macbook HDD be used in a windows desktop?

It seems there is a formatting issue / dead hdd in my macbook, as I have the infamous ? despite ensuring a good connection with the sata cable. Is it ok to plug the 2.5" macbook hdd into the standard ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Highest capacity HDD compatible with late 2011 MacBook Pro optibay

What is the highest capacity hard drive model that would fit and work reliably in the optical bay of a 15" late 2011 MacBook Pro (MacBookPro8,2)? As far as I can tell, the issues at play are physical ...
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SSD is not recognised with the internal SATA cable (13" 2010 MBP)

It's pretty weird, seeing that HDD's are recognisable, and that SSD works when in an enclosure (Crucial M500). I've read somewhere that it could be an issue with the cable, but I bought a replacement ...
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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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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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Would a snapped IR sensor ribbon on a A1181 macbook stop the macbook from booting?

Would a snapped IR sensor ribbon on a A1181 macbook stop the macbook from booting? I was replacing a sata hard drive cable in macbook and the IR sensor snapped and I am still having very odd hard ...
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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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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 ...