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Lenovo W541 Optical Drive SATA port speed

Q: Lenovo W541 Optical Drive SATA port speed

Hi, I got W541 with DVD-RW but i am not gonna use it, at all. Want to add extra hard drive into caddy insted of optical drive.Called Lenovo but they couldn't answer me what is the SATA port version in Optical Drive connector. Anyone here able to confirm? If is SATA 3.0 then will go for SSD (512GB-1000GB) drive in caddy, if slower then thinking about regular HDD (1-2TB). Thanks for help in advance

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Hi guys,I've the following question :"the serial-ata Optical Drive port has S-ATA3 standard ?" .I'll buy a caddy-adapter in order to upgrade my machine with an SSD. My question is related to the fact that I've or not maximum speed allowed by the SSD.Thank your, in advance. Giuseppe

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Hi guys,I've the following question :"the serial-ata Optical Drive port has S-ATA3 standard ?" .I'll buy a caddy-adapter in order to upgrade my machine with an SSD. My question is related to the fact that I've or not maximum speed allowed by the SSD.Thank your, in advance. Giuseppe   Read the last uploaded message for the solution. 

A:[Solved] Optical Drive S-ATA port speed of HP 15-ak112nl

@giuseppe_1992 Sorry, but I don't understand how this "caddy adapter" is going to work with your laptop. Is the intent to use it as an external drive, connecting the caddy to a USB port on your laptop? Asking because there is no room inside the laptop to add a drive caddy -- unlike with a desktop. In that case, the throughput of the SSD will be governed both by the USB port speed and the Linux drivers -- and the lower speed of the two will govern the throughput.

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I have three optical drives, connected to sata 2 ports on my Z68X-UD3R mobo.

A LG DVD Drive GH22NS30, Firmware v2.00, added 2009
A LG Bluray writer BH10LS30 firmware v1.00, added 2010
A LiteOn Bluray writer iHBS212 2 firmware 5L09, added 2011

According to my Intel rapid storage technology application these are all running at 1.5gb/s.

Shouldn't these be running at 3.0gb/s, sata 2 speed?

If so, any ideas on how I could get them to run at sata 2?

Or is it typical of optical drives to run at 1.5gb/s


A:Optical drives operating at sata 1 speed 1.5gb/s

SATA is backwards compatible. I think these are SATA 1 devices, but would have to double check to be sure

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Hi, hopefully should be straight forward enough...

I have just bought one of these space saving Acer Revos which does not come with an Optical drive.

I have a Blu-ray reader (dvd writer) which is SATA, but the Revo only has USB or eSATA.
So... i was wondering what is needed to get this (SATA) drive to work via eSATA or usb?

Is it as simple as a SATA to eSATA cable or will this not give the necessary power to the drive?

Or do i need an eSATA enclosure, and if so what size for an optical drive 5.2?

Cheers for any help.

A:New PC with no optical drive or SATA connection (can i use a SATA drive in it?)

Ya no problem use it. For more details contact us at www.sacatech.com

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I bought myself a SATA caddy to replace the optical drive on my Lenovo Z51-70, with a 2.5" SATA Drive.The caddy and the hard drive work, as tested on another HP Laptop.But on my Z51-70, the Hard drive is not detected, either in BIOS, or within Windows itself. I checked the Device Manager and Disk Management, but it is not visible anywhere like it is on my HP Laptop. Any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated!I desperately need this to work!Please Help! 

A:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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I have an HP m7350n multi-media computer running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit (4 gigs RAM, 3.5 recognized due to motherboard limitations I think) and I recently replaced one of the DVD drives with a SATA BDRom/DVDwriter (Samsung DVDWBD SH-B083L). Windows recognizes both drives. However, my favorite burning program (Divx 7 player) no longer recognizes either of the drives. My favorite DVD burning program (TMPG Authoringworks 4) only recognizes the pre-existing IDE drive.

Does anyone know if there is anything I can try to fix this?


A:new SATA optical drive not recognized

uninstall both rom-drives in device manager reboot and windows should reinstall both drives if the sata drivers are installed.
the sata drive should install ok. also check the position of the drive on the ide cable master /slave
also check the hp web site for updates of drivers

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Have a Dell Latitude E5500 here that keeps losing the optical cd drive. This problem didn't happen prior when the system was Vista....

When a cd is inserted into the drive or the drive tray is activated, the drive reappears within explorer / device manager etc, however after a short period the drive then goes missing from both, hence the cd cannot be accessed.

Under folder options the check box " hide empty drives" is UNCHECKED. It is as though the system is power saving and hibernating the drive, however I cannot find an option that suits the theory.

Is there an option I can edit with registry to help???

The bios pre windows can see the drive each time so it appears as though this is purely a Windows 7 problem.

Have read that many other people have same problem but haven't yet seen a resolution.


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hello forum members
i bought Asus Sata DVDRW Model: DRW1814BLT
my win xp doesn't recognize the drive,
my motherboard is Albatron PX865PEC Pro (latest firmware)
i also updated the intel chipset, and it doesn't help

i have 3 ide drives
primary master - WD 60GB
primary slave - WD 120GB
secondary master - NEC 3550A

in the bios i see the asus drive, but still the xp won't recognize it

any suggestions?

A:SATA Optical Drive issue

you will need to install sata drivers for sata devices.

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I have two ProBook 4440s Core I5 computers, one with an optical drive, the other without. Without opening the case, is there any way to tell whether the one with the optical drive deletion cover plate has an internal connection to which I could connect a second hard drive using a caddy?  

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Hi guys, 3 weeks ago I made a threat about an Optical Drive enclosure, and I got it and worked flawlessly.

But now I'm looking for a SATA enclosure, could you tell me if this is the correct one?

This is the current drive I want to connect to my laptop:

BTW, sorry for the bad pic, it was taken from my phone...

A:I need a SATA Optical Drive Enclosure... Is this the correct one?

Looks OK to me.

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I've connected a spare 2.5" sata optical drive in an enclosure to my Vista desktop via a sata cable direct to the motherboard. Power is from a 5v power connector on the
power supply.

Vista recognizes the drive, the device manager shows OK, however when I attempt to perform read or write functions from several different applications, I get errors after about 80% of the process is completed.

I've tried different disks, applications, etc. No success.

Am I missing something that needs to be set in Vista??????

A:External Optical Drive-Sata Connected

Hello and welcome, i was reading in a magazine , about how Sata cables are sometimes faulty. Do you have another cable to swap out with ?
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Recently I added additional internal HDD (WD 2TB SATA3 64MB Green) as a secondary storage.

The original SATA cable connector is:
SATA3_0 - WD 1TB
SATA3_1 - Samsung DVD-RW
SATA2_2 - Empty
SATA2_3 - Empty
SATA2_4 - eSATA connector cable from computer's casing - Empty
SATA2_5 - eSATA connector Cable from Computer's Casing - Empty

I rearranged the cables to:
SATA3_0 - WD 1TB
SATA3_1 - WD 2TB
SATA2_2 - Empty
SATA2_3 - Samsung DVD-RW
SATA2_4 - eSATA connector from computer casing - Empty
SATA2_5 - eSATA connector from Computer Casing - Empty

Once done, the motherboard BIOS only detects both the HHD. It doesn't detect the DVD-RW anymore. Before this both the HDD and DVD-RW was working fine.

I tried changing the DVD-RW's SATA cable to a new one, tried connecting the DVD-RW in other SATA2 port but still same.

Note: I didn't change any setting in BIOS.
BIOS Setting:
In "Standard CMOS Features" all IDE Channel 0-3 is set to "AUTO" hardware detection.
In "Integrated Peripherals":
- PCH SATA control mode is always been [AHCI]
- SATA Port0-3 Native Mode is always been [Enabled]

Please help me to solve this problem. I want the BIOS and Win 7 to detect the Samsung DVD-RW as well.

My system:
CPU: Intel i7-2600 3.4 Ghz
MB: GA-P67A-UD3P(rev. 1.0) - BIOS Ver : F4
VGA: Sapphire Toxic HD6850 1G
RAM: Corsair DDR3 2*4GB 1600 MHz
OS: Win 7 64-bit SP : 1
Power Supply : 600 W
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A:BIOS not detecting Internal SATA DVD/CD optical drive

Apart from the detection on the screen, does the drive seem to work normally? If so, I would leave it alone.

If not, the drive has likely failed... it doesn't take much for an optical drive to go bad.

Final test? Does it work in another computer?

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Hi.. I'm running Win7 Home Premium (64-bit) with Intel i7 chip, 8Mb RAM, onboard graphics. My Liteon DVD-writer is only a few months old and performs all its functions without fuss - except one. When I load a DVD-RW or DVD-R containing only 'jpg' images, it takes an age to read them. It won't allow access till that reading is done, regardless of whether I've chosen 'List' or 'Small/Medium/Large Icons' as my view preference. I appreciate there's 4.7Gb of stuff and eventually it does read, but I've never had a rewriter that appears so sluggish in this regard. Its specs say it reads at 16 speed. If I insert a DVD of MP3 files, by contrast, it handles these in a flash and many of these MP3 files are much larger than 'jpg' files! Re-writers in my previous less well-spec'd machines have never exhibited this 'problem' for me. I'm fairly new to Win7 and I wonder if it's linked to Win7 in some way? Anyone having the same thing happen with their Liteon or have some advice? Many thanks

A:LiteOn iHAS224 24x DVD±RW DL RAM & Lightscribe SATA Optical Drive - RE

Hello kwil please tell us that are you using any Anti-Virus? if yes which one? coz i had same problem few years back and it was due to the auto-protection feature used by the Anti-Virus which actually tries reading each image by image in row which takes a lot of time.

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Hi all,

I've looked all over the internet, contacted HP, and updated my Mobo BIOS, but to no avail. I have an HP Lightscribe DVD1070i optical drive that has one Serial ATA data connection, and one Serial ATA power connection. There are no jumpers for Master or Slave. I have an MSI K9N2G Neo Mobo with BIOS version 1.20. It is not detecting my SATA optical drive, but it is detecting my SATA HDD. The optical drive i have right now is an IDE drive which I would like to move to my secondary Desktop, but can't because it would leave my Main without a working Optical Drive. I was told by HP to install SATA controllers but I can't find anything like that for my Mobo on the internet. The MSI Live Update program doesn't even find anything for me. So, is there anyone who can help me with my dilemma?


A:MSI Mobo doesn't detect HP SATA optical drive

If it helps, HP has told me to connect my SATA drive to another computer, but I can't because there are all too old and don't use SATA.

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Does anyone know what the cable length is when it's mounted at the very top of the case?  Is it 18 inches, 20, or neither?

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I installed an internal SATA dvdrw today and the system won't boot. It gets stuck at this screen that says "Broadcom UNDI PXE-2.1 v9.4.4" Then it shows the client MAC address, then next line says "PXE-E53: No boot filename received" then next line "PXE-M0F: Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM" then it just restarts and gets to this same screen, over and over. If I unplug the SATA optical drive from the mb, it boots just fine. Why would installing an optical drive hose up the boot sequence? My system is a ThinkCentre and the mb has two sata connectors, first one is taken by the hd.

A:Solved: Installing SATA optical drive isn't working

What's the boot sequence in the BIOS?

Switch the SATA connectors on the board.

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Based on my reading the XPS 8910 manual the SATA ports are as follows:
4 - optical drive, 5 - hard drive, 6 - drive connector, 7 - drive connector
When I first open the machine the optical drive SATA cable was connected to 5 and the hard drive connected to 4. I assumed they knew what they were doing more than I.  I added a second SATA HD using SATA connector 6.  The second drive came up as drive F: and worked fine (first HD is C: and the memory card reader is D:
However, the optical drive (E:) was no longer visible.  When I look at the BIO is seems to recognize both HDs and the optical drive. 
Any help appreciated.

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New build...installed XP Pro and used F6 to install proper drivers from Mobo CD...How can I tell if it's running at SATA 2 speed...3 Gig xfer rate...all device manager says is

A:How can I tell if my SATA drive is running at SATA 2 speed?


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I have a SATA DVD/CD optical drive that will not open to remove a boot capable disk, (CD or DVD, such as a XP or Vista O/S disk or a partition tool), when re-booting from that disk so that it is before loading any operating system. Once booted into a O/S then it opens fine to remove a CD or DVD disk. This is a Intel Core 2 Dual ASUS motherboard 1 year old desktop type computer which has both the hard drive and optical drives as SATA. So will this issue be resolved if I add in a 2nd optical drive which is standard PATA IDE type connection ?

A:SATA DVD/CD optical drive will not open to remove a bootable disk

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I bought a Lenovo B50-45 but it came without an optical drive.  What is the model number(s) of a drive that will work in it?  It has a plastic blank in it now so I will also need the plastic front part with the button.  ThanksAlan

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Can I hook up a sata II drive to a sata I port or will this not work?

A:Sata II drive to sata I port?

Yes this will work but you will just get SATA I speeds and not SATA II speed. But thats not big problem

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I recently bought a Lenovo Z51-70, and just now discovered that the optical drive is a dummy. This information wasn't in the technical specifications before I bought the computer, but nevertheless, my question is: Is it possible to install a real optical drive in its place? Are there only certain types of optical drives I can install on my laptop? Thankyou in advance.

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 ?Hello, I have replaced the old HDD with SSD. And now I want to place the old HDD to a DVD drive. Would it work? The optical drive is 9.0mm high, but couldn't find the fitting caddy. What caddy should I use? Any suggestions? 

A:Lenovo Z50-70 - Replacing optical drive with HDD

 I have replaced the old HDD with SSD. And now I want to place the old HDD to a DVD drive. Would it work? The optical drive is 9.0mm high, but couldn't find the fitting caddy. What caddy should I use? Any suggestions? 

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I recently bought a Lenovo Z51-70, and just now discovered that the optical drive is a dummy. This information wasn't in the technical specifications before I bought the computer, but nevertheless, my question is: Is it possible to install a real optical drive in its place? Are there only certain types of optical drives I can install on my laptop? Thankyou in advance.

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I would like to purchase a Hard Drive Bay Adapter to install a SSD on the Optical DVD drive of Lenovo ThinkCenter M900Z. Can I use ThinkPad 9.5mm SATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter IV (part number: 0B47315)?

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My optical drive has been deleted after I upgraded to WIndows 10. I have tried to the Run Command trick and there were no UpperFilters or anything. I even went to my Device Manager and it has totally vanish. Is there a link where I can redownload the DVD/CD drive?

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Is it possible to replace the optical drive with a 1TB HDD. I'm sure I read this was possible when I purchased the laptop but now I can only find references to replacing the optical drive with an additional battery. I already have the 1TB HDD so it would be ideal to expand the storage on my V510. Thanks.

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Hi, I've recently bought online a Lenovo IdeaPad 520-15IKB, i7-8550U Kaby Lake R, 15.6" Full HD, IPS, 4 GB, 2 TB HDD, nVIDIA GeForce MX150 4GB. Apparently, the laptop has no optical drive installed (see attached image below), despite the images on the website which showed an optical drive on the right side. I'd like to know if I can use any of the optical drives listed on the parts lookup page to install to this laptop. If yes, do I need a caddy to hold the optical drive? Thanks,Gabriel 

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I'm attempting to boot to a Win7 DVD, but in BIOS I'm unable to set the boot priority to any type of optical drive. The BIOS boot devices menu is the same. I know I can use the USB tool, but that also didn't work. Is there any Lenovo BIOS patch I can apply, or an alternate solution to be able to boot to the optical drive?

Go to Solution.

A:Booting up from the optical drive on a Lenovo H430

Hi, On the Lenovo H505s you have to change a few options in the BIOS to install Windows 7 which requires booting from the optical drive. It's probably the same in the H430 Restart the computer at the white Lenovo (BIOS) screen, hit F1 to enter the BIOSGo to Security tabGo to Secure BootDisable Secure BootReset to setup modehit Yes to "Do you really wish to reset platform to setup mode?" Change the boot options to look for USB devices if you are installing from a flash drive, or make the DVD drive the first boot device. (Select SATA dev 1 not the DVD drive or whatever it's called and hit the - key) Go to the EXIT tabDisable OS Optimized DefaultsSave and Exit. That's now I did it on the H505s, not to sure what impact that has on the OEM installation of Win 8, probably destroys it, so be aware you might not be able to go back after. -Cheers

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I want to use the optical drive space for a 2nd hard drive, and therefor need to know what size hdd cady to buy? I narrowed it down to these two:9.5mm12.7mm Which one should I go for? Help me please  

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M900Z: Is it possible to upgrade SSD 256GB to SSD 512/1TB or replace Optical Drive with SSD?

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Hi !I just bought a new Lenovo Ideapad 520-15 Ikb for 1099 ? and it came without optical disc drive when the images on on the online publication of the product shows it with the optical disc drive.some basic info:Why my lenovo isnt with an optical drive ? Do I bought it in the right price ?It also came with publications that shows the optical drive on it

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Hi, I have a Lenovo ideapad 300-15ISK with a dummy OPTICAL drive. It has got windows 10 OS. Any Lenovo recommended optical drive that I can buy and fix into the dummy OPTICAL drive? What to make sure that I can integrate (install) the new optical drive before I buy the drive? Any software needs to be downloaded to make sure the optical driver can be worked out?All advices are appreciableRegardsJoe

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I have recently purchased a blue IdeaPad 320 14KIB and it comes with a dummy optical drive. I have been looking to buy an optical drive with the correct blue bezel that will work with my laptop but haven't been able to find one anywhere. I managed to purchase the optical disc drive but have had no luck with the bezel. Please can someone help me out. I've found the following part number: 5B30N82326 (ODD Bezel L80xk Ice Blue). 

A:Lenovo IdeaPad 320 14KIB Blue Optical Drive Bezel

Hi Jkcp,
Welcome to the Community Forums.
You can verify your ODD bezel from the parts lookup page here to confirm the part number to order if 5B30N82326 is for you.
I tried using 80XH01QYIH and may give a different option for the bezel (5B30N86319).
Lenovo encompass shows availability maybe till May 6 2018 but you can also check with Medion and other service partners too listed here (shops and parts desk).
Hope this helps answer your query.

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I am looking for an SSD for the M2 slot.  The Lenovo site at http://www.lenovoquickpick.com/hun/accessory/4XB0K48501/thinkpad-m2-512gb-sata-ssd indicates that the 4XB0K48501 module is compatible; however, the data sheet and the size of the components installed on the module make it look like a 2280 type module (80 mm long) that would not fit in the approximately 42mm space provided in the W541. If anyone can confirm that this module has worked for them or can recommended a 3rd party module that has worked as an alternative I'd sure appreciate it.

A:W541 M2. SATA SSD possibly a 4XB0K48501?

Welcome to the CommunityDefinitely the information about that drive compatibility with W541 is a wrong one. W541 supports m.2 SATA SSD in 2242 formfactor, either single- or double-sided, mutually exclusively with WWAN card. There is a lot of such drives in the market, different vendors, different capacity.

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All the other problems seem to be the other way around.

My 2 DVD writers are on the primary IDE port. Had 2 x 80GB HDD's on the 2 SATA ports. Upgraded 2nd HDD to 320GB. No problems. Decided to use left-over 80GB HDD as backup disk. Installed an adapter. Plugged into secondary IDE port on motherboard. Did CMOS changes.

Booting up has three (seemingly random) results:
1. Boots up normally
2. Boots, but takes 6 minutes from "Starting Windows" to password screen
3. Never gets past "Starting Windows". This is the most common.

When it boots up normally I can use the drive. Formatted it. Changed label. Did system image.

Anybody had any success doing this?

Later edit: Tried with PCI SATA adapter and that works 100%.

A:SATA drive on IDE port with adapter

is Sata <-> IDE adapter set to master/slave or cable select? may help

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I have a hp z800 and i got a Samsung Evo 850 Ssd. Since my sata port is version 2 my ssd speed is capped to 3 Gb/s. But since i have a version 2 sas port which can go up to 6 Gb/s i want to know if I can connect my ssd into my sas port and how.

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I can't control my cpu fan speed. I've tried every program there is. Tell me how to do it. My laptop is Thinkpad W541

A:Help controlling W541 fan speed

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 Recently, my optical drive on my t430 broke. I had an old drive that I salvaged from an old HP laptop, and I replaced it with that. The drive works, But there is a small issue. My boot time got INCREDIBLY slow. Not the windows boot, the POST screen. It's stuck on the screen with the Lenovo logo for over two minutes. it eventually boots, and as far as i can tell, windows is fine. is there a way to fix this?

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Hi!, my z710 is almost dead. When I put on the battery or the AC adapter the webcam blinking and the optical drive searching for a DVD... no response from power button pression. From the front is visible the led of the charging blinking. Hard reset procedure already done. Anyone with some suggestions? thanks in advance

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I have the sata drive installed but when trying to check for Sata 2 Speed I cannot find a way to verify I am getting the full 3 Gbit/s? I have used differant programs but none seem to give me a direct answer. Is there a way to verify the speed without disturbing the current data?

Thank You

A:Checking Sata Drive Speed

Hello Rockit,

You could use the program HD Tune as in the first post at the link below to see what you HDD's performance is. I would doubt that your HDD is actually using the full 3Gbit/s bandwidth of the SATA 2 port. That's just the maximum speed (bandwidth) that SATA 2 provides. You'll have to check the HDD's specs to see what it's read/write speeds actually are.

Show us your hard drive performance

Hope this helps,

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I am having a problem (again) with a SATA drive: It is on a friends machine and has been running as a data drive for a few months with no problems.

Recently I tryed to install it as the master drive and loaded the operating system onto it, it initially appeared very slow and after a few hours it began to react strangely in that it would sometimes fail to boot, and also icons in my computer were slow to appear etc.

Now, admitadly, I did hook the old hard drive (OS still in tact) back up as secondary, and I disabled it in the bios - so when the computer boots it should not read from its boot sector, but in XP the drive is still recognised despite it being disabled in the bios (this used to work fine on a setup I used to have running xp and 2000). So maybe that is causing problems, I dont know.

To test the drive further I have installed it on my computer and loaded a clean instal of XP (using windows XPs dual boot facility). So far it hasnt given me any major problems, however it is still very slow to boot at about 1minute 25 seconds (from power on to the user logon screen)- and this is with only the minimum drivers loaded, and a firewall. Now that seems pretty slow to me, considering my SATA drive does it in about 58 seconds.

The only other problem I can see is that on the SATA drive, I have to have the "limit to 150MB/s" jumper connected - otherwise I cant get it to run at all, although I have read the motherboard manual, and Hi-speed sata is supp... Read more

A:Speed problems with SATA drive

I am having a similar problem with my WD Raptor. It runs at 10,000 rpm and it seems to be running slow. On the same system i previously had a WD 250GB and to be honest i cant notice much of a differencre at all between the two drives!!!

I limited the WD 250G to 150mbps to see whether there might have been a conflict between the Raptor at 150mbps and the 250GB at 300mbps. But still not much of a difference!!!

Recently i went into the BIOS and enabled 32bit Data Transfer and yeah I do see an improvement, but slight it is!!!

Maybe try enabling 32bit Data transfer for the SATA drive in the BIOS and see what happens???

How about running some Benchmarking software for the Hard Drive or Diagnostic software?

But yeah people i have a similar problem with my Raptor and another SATA Drive running slow.

SATA 150 or SATA 300 there isnt much difference at all. I did a similar question in another post and thats the advice i got. So i wouldnt sweat jumpering it to 150mbps. Also check out the motherboard manual and site and see whether your motherboard supports SATA 300 drives. Why not update the BIOS???

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I bought a cable with ESATA on one end and SATA on the other end. What am I supposed to do with it? I connected a standard SATA drive to one end and the other end to the ESATA port on the back of the computer, and used an external power supply for the drive. The BIOS does not see the drive. Suspecting the drive needed to be powered from the same power supply as the computer, I plugged the drive into a normal power connector in the computer, but used the new cable to connect it to the external ESATA port. Still the BIOS sees nothing. The drive works perfectly as a SATA drive in the normal SATA connection.

A:Can I connect a SATA drive to an ESATA port?

I'm not really sure what you have done. What type external power supply did you use? Is it a new drive or a used one? When your computer is on, can you feel the drive spin up? Connect the drive and start the computer. Right click on computer in the start menu, select manage. Maximize the screen and in the left column select disk management. Look for your drive there. If it is a new drive it will have to be initialized, a partition created and formatted and a drive letter assigned. If there is data on it, right click the drive and select 'change drive letter or path' in the next screen select new, from the drop down list, choose any drive letter you want that has not already been used. If it wants to format the drive don't do it if there is data on the drive you want to save. Formatting will remove any data on the drive. Let us know more particulars and we may be able to help. You can also go to device manager,
and expand disk drives and see if it is listed there. If you need more help please post a screenshot of the entire disk management page. You can use the snipping tool or paint, then upload the file using the paperclip icon in the response box.

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I'm in deep doggy-doo.

When my 2TB Sata-III drive wasn't being recognized (ported to a new build), I pulled the data cable off to check the connection and off came the little plastic tab that guides the plug onto the pins!

Without it, there is nothing to press contact between the cable & pins, let alone hold the cable firmly in place.

Worse, I can't even plug it in to rescue the data off it! I suspect I must have damaged the connection somehow when I plugged it in. The pins appear fine (within reason considering what happened.)

Gluing the tab back in place is no help if the connection still doesn't work and I need to unplug it again.

Am I screwed or is there a way around this mess (short of paying hundreds to some recovery service)?

A:Plastic tab on SATA drive port broke off

Oh boy do I know the feeling, I once pulled off the same thing from a month old mobo, but I was able to find a replacement in a shop and soldered it back, maybe you can do the same ? Try finding a female SATA and soldering the other end of it to the HDD ?

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Hi there, I'm new to the community here. My nickname is Resource. I am currently studying for my A+ certification. I however have a question - and need advice.
I purchased an Sata external Hard Disk. I installed the drivers and formated the drive in order to see it's drive letter in My Computer - it is working fine on my PC. I however cannot see my Music files when I connect the Sata external drive to my DVD player( that has a USB Port) The error message displayed on the screen "NO DISK" When I copy a few songs from the Sata external onto my flash drive (memory stick) and plug the flash drive into my DVD usb port then the songs are displayed and it plays.

What are the reason why the DVD player do not read the Sata External hard drive?
Should I not have formated the Sata external? Or must it be partitioned. If so- as Fat32 or NTFS?
Anyone with advice - kindly post it - I have over 3000 music files that I want to access. But I want to play these songs through the DVD player via USB.
Thank you

A:SATA drive not read by DVD player with USB port

Does the external drive have its own own power supply, or is it deriving its power from the USB connection?
It would be helpful to know more about the computer, operating system, and configuration.

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