Model A1286. Released February 2011 / 2.0, 2.2, or 2.3 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 Processor

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HGST Travelstar 2.5-Inch 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6GB/s Optical

I had this travelstar drive installed to replace the optical drive. At first it formatted no problem but then when i was copying files from an external drive the transfer speeds were extremely slow 4 gigs would take 3 hours. . I then tested transfer files from my Samsung SSD 850 pro (main drive) to the travelstar in the optical bay and still it was really slo 2 gigs 30 min.. Afterward the disk unmounted again so i I reformatted in disk utility under the partition menu Mac OS extended with GUID under the options and tried to copy files it was faster for a few minutes then slowed down and then unmounted again. I was concerned that it was the 6gb/s issue but when i check my system info it says: Vendor: Intel

Product: 6 Series Chipset

Link Speed: 6 Gigabit

Negotiated Link Speed: 6 Gigabit

Physical Interconnect: SATA

Description: AHCI Version 1.30 Supported

I can't mount the disk and when reformatting under partition/guid option it gets stuck at "waiting for disks to reappear" or if it completes it doesn't mount and is greyed out on the left.

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I figured out the problem even though the sys profiler says 6 gigabit it only runs at 3 SATA II I used this Hitachi Tool online to change the speed of the drive:


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Put it back into the original hard drive position and see if you still have problems with the drive to determine if it is the drive, cable or enclosure.

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