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SATA Hard Drive Cables

February 25th, 2010

Connectors and cables present the most visible differences between SATA and parallel ATA drives. Unlike PATA, the same connectors are used on 3.5-inch SATA hard disks for desktop and server computers and 2.5-inch disks for portable or small computers; this allows 2.5-inch drives to be used in desktop computers with only a mounting bracket and no wiring adapter. Smaller disks may use the mini-SATA spec, suitable for small-form-factor Serial ATA drives and mini SSDs.

There is a special connector (eSATA) specified for external devices, and an optionally implemented provision for clips to hold internal connectors firmly in place. SATA drives may be plugged into SAS controllers and communicate on the same physical cable as native SAS disks, but SATA controllers cannot handle SAS disks.

There are SATA ports (on motherboards of a PC) that can use SATA data cable with locks or clips, thus, reducing the chance of accidentally unplugging while the PC is turned on. So does the same with SATA power connector and SATA data connector connected to a SATA HDD or SATA optical drive. Also, there are right-angled and left-angled connectors only on one end of SATA data cable, which can only be used when connecting to a SATA HDD or SATA optical drive.

The SATA standard specifies a different power connector than the decades-old four-pin Molex connector found on pre-SATA devices. Like the data cable, it is wafer-based, but its wider 15-pin shape prevents accidental mis-identification and forced insertion of the wrong connector type. Native SATA devices favor the SATA power-connector, although some early SATA drives retained older 4-pin Molex in addition to the SATA power connector.

SATA Power Cable

1. Molex 4pin Male To 15pin SATA Power Cable

SATA Power Cable

2. Molex 4pin Male To Two 15pin SATA Power Cable

SATA Power Cable

3. SATA Power Cable With Two 90 Degree Power Connector

SATA Power Cable

4. 15-Pin SATA Power Male to two Dual Molex 4-Pin Female

SATA Data Cable

5. SATA Data Cable

SATA Data Cable

6. Serial ATA data cable with single right-angle connector

SATA Data Cable

7. SATA Cable with 2 Right Angle Connectors

SATA Data Cable

8. SATA to eSATA Transition Cable

SATA Data Cable

9. Sata 1.8 inch All in one power and data cable

SATA Data Cable

10. SATA Internal Extension cable 22-pin extension cable male to female clip_image021[34]

SATA Data Cable

11. Serial ATA Data Cable with Power Adapter

SATA Data Cable

12. SATA Power Cable Extension Male to Female 15-Pinclip_image021[35]

SATA Data Cable

13. SATA Power Splitter Cable with Molex 4-Pin Outptu and Dual 15-pin Sata Output 7 inch cables

eSATA Cable

14. eSATA Extender Cable Internal to External Cable Bracketclip_image021[36]

Sata Power Cable

15. SATA Power Adapter Cable Splitter with 3-Molex Power outputs from One SATA Power Inputclip_image021[37]

Sata Power Cable

16. 4-Pin Molex Output from sata power cable input, SATA to Molex Y-Cableclip_image021[38]

SATA to eSATA cable

17. SATA I type Connector and SATA L type Connectorclip_image021[39]

SATA Power Connector

18. SATA Power Extender Plug 15-Pin Input to 15-Pin Outputclip_image021[40]

SATA Power Connector

19. SATA to Molex Power Cable Adapter 15-pin Female to 4-pin Maleclip_image021[41]

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