Questions tagged [sata]

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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Internal SATA drive unmounts by itself

I have a 1TB SSD that was my boot drive in my now-dead MacBook Pro, and I need to recover some files from it and clone it. The idea is to have an exact copy on another HDD that I can clone back to ...
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MBP 2009 does not detect new Internal SSD disk

I have a Macbook Pro - Mid 2009 - 15" I bought a new SSD (Crucial) to replace the SATA Internal Disk. Problem is that the computer does not detect new Internal SSD disk. The first thing I did ...
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6+12 PIN (Macbook Air 2011 - A1370) SSD transfer speeds issues

I upgraded my MacBook Air 2011 (A1370) to a Crucial MX500 SATA SSD with better speeds and would like to give the original APPLE TS128C (128gb) a second life. I have tried a basic enclosure that does ...
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Does anybody make an adapter to convert a Mac's eSATA port to USB 3 (or later, or Thunderbolt)?

When I got my iMac ~10 years ago I had Other World Computing install an eSATA port on it. I've never used it for much, but now I'd like to adapt it if possible to one of the more common ports, like ...
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MacBook Pro doesn't detect boot drive if turned off for ~5-10 minutes

I'm repairing a 13" MacBook Pro Early 2011 (A1278). This will seem like a duplicate issue, but stick with me and you'll see something odd is going on. TDLR; Fixed missing/undetected boot drive ...
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External SATA drive not showing up when connected via USB adapter

I've got a PATA/SATA adapter which connects via USB, and if I connect PATA drives to it they show up fine, but for some reason SATA drives aren't working. If I connect the same SATA drive to my ...
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Are cheap 2.5" external hard disks constrained to Exfat and incompatible with Time Machine? Is this a physical limitation / hardware issue?

I bought two 2TB 2.5" external HDDs that came with the following warning message in a Readme file contained in the drives. "The drive can only be formatted with Exfat and cannot be formatted in other ...
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Setting up SSD with Catalina install

I recently bought a used 2017 iMac which came with 2 physically separate drives it seems. One is the internal 32GB Apple PCI-Express Internal Physical Disk and the second one is a 256GB Samsung SSD (...
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External SSD not visible to MacPro

Strange one this. I have a new bare SSD I'm trying to add to my system. When installed in the enclosure I have set aside for this drive it will not show up on my system. To confirm the enclosure is ...
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I think my drives are in the wrong bays on my iMac

I bought a used 2011 iMac a couple years back. It till had the original HDD so I bought a 250gb SSD to use as the main/boot drive and a 1TB HDD. I brought it to a shop that does work on Macs and they ...
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Are the internal drives on a MacPro3,1 hot swappable?

I believe SATA drives were designed to be hot swappable, but I imagine there might still be some hardware restrictions. So if you were to unmount a drive, can you swap out a drive in one of the ...
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How to properly install Bootcamp onto internal SATA disk on Mac Pro (2019)

I recently got the new Mac Pro (2019) with 256GB SSD. The built-in drive is quite small to hold both macOS and Windows, so I installed a SATA SSD using some DIY-cabling solutions to the internal SATA ...
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Upgrade MacBook Pro Mid 2012 system to Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB (Mac OS Mojave)

I have different information related to installation new SSD. If we will try search through Amazon help it shows that the disk Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB will work fine with MacBook Pro 13 inch Mid ...
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How to make SSD Drive bootable from a disk utilies restore [duplicate]

My mid-2009 mac book pro hard drive is dying so I bought an SSD to replace it. I tried plugging in the ssd drive to the mac via a usb to sata connection and using SuperDuper to copy the contents (saw ...
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Is a DiskWarrior warning about spare blocks applicable to SSDs?

I got the following warning from DiskWarrior on my Mac Pro in which I installed a SATA SSD: I know some sort of reassignments are normal on an SSD as it comes from the factory. However, I don't know ...
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how to prepare two SSDs after upgrade (merge to fusion drive or not, terminal commands)

I just upgraded the CPU of my 2015 27" Retina iMac and while I was in there I took out the 1TB HDD and replaced it with a 512GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD. Now I'm ready to set it all up, but I'm not sure ...
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iMac 21.5” mid-2010 SATA Specification

Does the 21.5” mid-2010 iMac support the full 6 Gbps SATA III standard?
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macbook pro mid 2012 hard drive upgrade to SSD SATA recommendation [closed]

I want to upgrade my MacBook pro mid 2012 Hard disk to 512 SSD, I opened my MacBook back and took photo see below. and then I found this on website with the following spec, the size of my hard drive ...
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Mac Mini TAOP--124 Hardware Test

I recently bought a Mac Mini which I knew was missing the hard drive, so easy fix right? Whenever I start the Mac the fans are running really high and the odd thing is I can only start the Mac in safe ...
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Make Hard Drive appear as Bootcamp for Parallels

Parallels Dekstop 13.0.1 BE won't let me add a Physical Internal HDD to the VM system. There is a SATA HardDrive in my system with a GPT partition table and a big (2TB) NTFS partition. I use it when ...
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How would I architecture Direct Attached Storage?

This is a sequel question to a previous one. I would like to set up a home networking solution with Direct Attached Storage. "Direct Attached Storage" seems to suggest that I would run cables (...
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SSD for Mac Book Pro 2012 optical disc drive

I'm about to upgrade my MBP mid 2012 with two SSD drives instead of the stock HDD and optical disc drive. I read on different forums that the optical drive link with the motherboard is only SATA 2 and ...
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HGST 1TB in Mid 2012 MacBook Pro not working in SATA bay but drive seems fine

In my Mid-2012 13 inch MacBook Pro I have a 500GB HDD in the standard SATA bay and I replaced the DVD drive with a drive cage which has a SSD in it. I bought this Hitachi HST 1TB drive \to replace my ...
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My SATA hardrive was ejected, and is unable to be remounted due to issues

I have a Mac Pro 2012, so it's running Mountain Lion :( but it has a few partitioned drives. I have tower 1 and tower 2. Tower 2 just recently froze my computer, this has most of my videos for editing,...
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SSD not working internally

I recently bought a Corsair Force LE 240GB SSD and tried to do a net recovery on a macbook pro A1278 (MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011 with i5) to the latest El Capitan, but for some reason, this is only ...
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MacBook Pro mid 2012 13.3 HDD cable performance

I am helping a friend to fix her MacBook Pro 13.3 performance problems. It was barely booting, and terribly slow for disk seeks. Then I replaced the HDD. It was perfect with new SSD and El Capitan ...
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MacBook Pro suddenly started to freeze with any action (using SSD)

I'm having a trouble with my MacBook Pro (Mid 2012). I have upgraded it (5 months ago) to use a Kingston SSD instead of a SATA, and everything was perfect. Very fast and smooth...until yesterday. I ...
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Apple Hardware Test result: 4HDD/11/40000000: SATA(0,0). But repaired Disk and Permissions w/o a problem

Ran an Apple Hardware Test. Result: 4HDD/11/40000000: SATA(0,0). Then repaired Disk and Permissions. Result: Volume appears to be okay. But during use, sometimes it freezes randomly and my MBP ...
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My SSD seems slow, could it be the link speed?

I just replaced my old HD from a late-2009 iMac with a new Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB. It was installed by an official Apple repair store but I am worried because it seems slower than my new macboook ...
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Hard drive boots over USB but not when install internally

I am trying to upgrade from a 500GB HD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136314) to a 1TB HD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152291). The only spec ...
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Can SATA negotiated link speed be set lower in software?

Background: I have a MacBook Pro (late 2011) with a SATA III 6Gb SSD installed in place of the optical drive. Sources say this configuration should work, but I've been having problems (read/write ...
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Connect MacBook Pro 13 late 2012 SSD to SATA?

I have an SSD hard drive from MacBook Pro late 2012 (A1425). Is there a possibility to somehow connect it to a normal PC through SATA, PCIe etc.?
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SATA3 in a 2007 MacBook Pro?

I have an aging 15" MacBook Pro from 2007: Model ID: MacBookPro3,1 Model No.: A1226 In an attempt to squeeze a bit more life out of it, I've replaced the battery, upped the RAM, and I'm about to ...
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SATA cable problem?

I have a MacBook Pro 8,2 (15 inch, early 2011) running Yosemite (with encryption enabled). I have a strange problem that seems to relate to my boot drive (Samsung 840 Pro SSD). The system runs great ...
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Mac Mini with lots of I/O errors and related issues, trouble identifying culprit

Setup: Mac Mini 2011 with two drives: SSD with OS X Yosemite and admin account home folder HDD with my user home folder Symptoms: It began as many months of seemingly random slowdowns/beach balls, ...
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MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2010 is not seeing internal SATA HDD

I have a MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2010 that started to not see it's internal SATA HDD. I can connect the HDD in question to the computer via SATA > USB adapter and it works fine (Mac can even boot from it ...
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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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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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Negotiated link speed considerations for SSD choice?

If my negotiated link speed is 3 GB (instead of 6 GB), does this still mean I'm using SATA III on my early 2011 Macbook Pro 17-inch laptop? I ask because I'm currently upgrading my HDD with an SSD ...
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How to get SATA III on Mac Pro 5.1

I just put a nice new Samsung 850 SSD drive into my Mac Pro 5.1 and noticed that it maxes out at 250MB/s write/read. The drive should be capable of speeds around 500MB/s, so the culprit here is surely ...
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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. If ...
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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 In iMac G4 not recognized

I recently bought an SSD and an IDE to SATA adapter. I've installed these into my iMac G4 (it's the 20" 1.25GHz model) neither the Leopard installer or Disk Utility will recognize it. The SSD is ...
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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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Are there any Hardware RAID Cards with Batteries that will work in a Mac Pro 3,1?

I'm looking to install Proxmox on my MacPro3,1 and it's suggested that if you plan to use the system for 5 years that you install a Hardware RAID card with a battery in it, so that if the power goes ...
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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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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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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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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 ...