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Windows 7: LONG SATA cables needed [ok, wanted]

10 Mar 2013   #1
JoesMorgue

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 
LONG SATA cables needed [ok, wanted]

My server is a Frankenstine computer. MOST parts have been swapped out at one time or another.

The last upgrade to the machine was a good old fashioned cleaning, and case swap from a mini tower to a full tower.

ALL the drive bays that are within reach of the cables are used, but I have a few available spaces that are out of reach, and the system has open connectors for more drives.

Where can I get SATA cables [data is most important, I think I also need power extenders] that are long enough for full towers on the cheap? The SATAs on the board are 1s, but it's a home server, so they are fast enough, if it makes a difference.


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10 Mar 2013   #2
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

You can probably get them from Newegg, but I really like Performance PC's. Wide selection, good prices on some things and they do full custom work if you want. Performance PC's
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10 Mar 2013   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I got some 18" & 24" from China via eBay
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10 Mar 2013   #4
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
I got some 18" & 24" from China via eBay
Just seen a nine foot one on Ebay
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10 Mar 2013   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Just how long of SATA data cables do you need? Three foot SATA data cables aren't that hard to find. SAS to SATA breakout cables 1 meter or longer aren't hard to find either. Unless you are running a real monster, I can't see needing anything longer than 36". Push come to shove, you could extend your SATA data cables by joining two with one of these.

Since you are essentially adding two connections to the line, you might suffer some signal loss or corruption from one of these.

Edit: After doing a bit of research, there is a 1 metre (roughly 39") limit on the length of a SATA data cable. Check here under Data Connector for more on that.

Power cables—SATA power, MOBO cables, PCIE 6 & 8 pin cables, etc.—and other cables, such as audio and USB, can be made up yourself. All you need is some appropriately sized wire (the longer the run, the larger the wire should be to avoid voltage drop), sleeving, heat shrinks, connector bodies, pins, and a crimper. I made up all the modular PSU cables for the build I'm working on. Making your own cables will result in a cleaner look since all of them will look the same and will be exactly the correct length. It could also improve airflow in the case. I would avoid adding too many extensions because of added resistance from the extra connectors in the run and because the longer run will cause even more additional resistance because wire size hasn't been increased, resulting in more voltage drop or signal loss.

C2G and Performance-PCs carry a good selection of SATA data cables up to 1 metre. Performance-PCs also carries connectors, pins, crimpers, wire, sleeving and shrinks for making up your own power cables.
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10 Mar 2013   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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10 Mar 2013   #7
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I have also read that SATA cables over 1 meter may not be 100% reliable. Something to keep in mind.
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10 Mar 2013   #8
JoesMorgue

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

EVERYBODY! Thank you!
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