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Windows 7: sata to sata 3 cable

23 May 2015   #1
phoenixmark

win7 professional 64 bit
 
 
sata to sata 3 cable

I bought a sata3 ssd instead of a sata ssd- didn't read the package correctly. I've already cloned the sata3 drive. Is there a cable/adapter available that I can adapt the sata wiring to the sata3 drive? It's going into a Dell 545 desktop. Thanks.

Mark


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23 May 2015   #2
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Sata

If I am mistaken someone can correct me.

Sata 3 has a faster transmission engine. But the wiring on the connectors stay the same. The difference in the cables is sata three is has a much lower resistance which permits the faster signal transfer.
Pinout: Serial ATA (SATA) pinout diagram @ pinoutsguide.com
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23 May 2015   #3
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Don't worry about the cable. There is very little difference between a SATA 2 cable and a SATA 3 cable in terms of the wires or the data throughput for the average user.

It is more significant to have a USB 3 port on the motherboard to get USB3 speed. But even then, don't sweat it. The SSD is backward compatible and will just run at the speed of the controller. You will get noticable performance improvement regardless.
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23 May 2015   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Except for possibly really ancient SATA cables from a museum worthy machine, all SATA cables are the same. Rating a cable as SATA 3 (actually, it would be SATA III or SATA 6.0Gbps) is just a marketing ploy to get you to unnecessarily buy new cables when you don't really need them. As long as your old cables aren't the really wide ribbon kind that won't fit into your SSD, they should work just fine.

The ports in your computer are probably SATA II but, don't worry, SATA III is backwards compatible with SATA II or even SATA I and your new SSD will work just fine with them. You won't get as much of a speed increase but it will still beat the holy hairy heck out of a HDD.
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23 May 2015   #5
TVeblen

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead View Post
If I am mistaken someone can correct me.

Sata 3 has a faster transmission engine. But the wiring on the connectors stay the same. The difference in the cables is sata three is has a much lower resistance which permits the faster signal transfer.
Pinout: Serial ATA (SATA) pinout diagram @ pinoutsguide.com

Not a correction, just a clarification .
Any difference in Sata2 or Sata3 HDD cable
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23 May 2015   #6
phoenixmark

win7 professional 64 bit
 
 

The problem is the cable connectors for the current HDD do not fit the new SSD, that's why I need a adapter cable.
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23 May 2015   #7
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Are you talking about an IDE connector?
The SATA connectors have not changed in configuration since version 1.
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23 May 2015   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

It may be you have an IDE cable instead of a SATA cable. Does your cable look like a wide ribbon consisting of multiple, tiny wires fused together side by side?
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23 May 2015   #9
phoenixmark

win7 professional 64 bit
 
 

You are probably correct, it could be an IDE cable,. When I went to crucial.com and ran their upgrade advisor program, it came back saying my Dell had an sata hdd. If I'm understanding correctly, sata 1, 2, &3 cables are the same?
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23 May 2015   #10
phoenixmark

win7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
It may be you have an IDE cable instead of a SATA cable. Does your cable look like a wide ribbon consisting of multiple, tiny wires fused together side by side?
Give me a minute or so, to open the cover on the computer. I'm here using another computer.
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