# Sata Cable Question

1. ## Sata Cable Question

I am going to buy some Sata Data Cables. The ad I saw said "Straight to 90 degree left". I had not thought about the direction in the past. I held up a cable and I guess it depends which way you are holding it as to if it is left or right. What is the normal cable, left or right?
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2. The nomenclature is rather weird, they should have been called "up" and "down."

If the drive is sitting on a table, right-side-up, and you're looking at the connector end, then:

Left = Cable goes up

Right = Cable goes down

citation: Tom's Hardware and looking at several pictures from a Google search
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3. Then how would you describe a cable like this?

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Then how would you describe a cable like this?

*pic removed*

A mutant! Burn it!

Interesting. Do they go both ways? Uh, what I mean is, are there cables available that go in the opposite direction from the one pictured?
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5. Lava King said:
The nomenclature is rather weird, they should have been called "up" and "down."

If the drive is sitting on a table, right-side-up, and you're looking at the connector end, then:

Left = Cable goes up

Right = Cable goes down

citation: Tom's Hardware and looking at several pictures from a Google search

Thanks very much for the explanation. I had determined that one would make the cable go up and one down, but could not decide which was which.
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6. Lava King said:
Then how would you describe a cable like this?

*pic removed*

A mutant! Burn it! ...
Coward!

Lava King said:
...Interesting. Do they go both ways? Uh, what I mean is, are there cables available that go in the opposite direction from the one pictured?
Yes, though they are harder to find. I have a similar one to the one pictured that has one end the same as the one pictured and the other end is 180° (straight). The bent end is plugged into a HDD and bends out and over the SATA power connector.

Usually, when SATA cable connector direction is expressed in degrees, with the cable held flat, 90° is bent down, 180° is straight, and 270° is bent up (those are also hard to find)
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Lava King said:
Then how would you describe a cable like this?

*pic removed*

A mutant! Burn it! ...
Coward!

Lava King said:
...Interesting. Do they go both ways? Uh, what I mean is, are there cables available that go in the opposite direction from the one pictured?
Yes, though they are harder to find. I have a similar one to the one pictured that has one end the same as the one pictured and the other end is 180° (straight). The bent end is plugged into a HDD and bends out and over the SATA power connector.

Usually, when SATA cable connector direction is expressed in degrees, with the cable held flat, 90° is bent down, 180° is straight, and 270° is bent up (those are also hard to find)
I am looking for that exact cable you have on your HDD. Who makes it, and where can I purchase?
Thank You.
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8. Custom Built said:
Lava King said:

A mutant! Burn it! ...
Coward!

Lava King said:
...Interesting. Do they go both ways? Uh, what I mean is, are there cables available that go in the opposite direction from the one pictured?
Yes, though they are harder to find. I have a similar one to the one pictured that has one end the same as the one pictured and the other end is 180° (straight). The bent end is plugged into a HDD and bends out and over the SATA power connector.

Usually, when SATA cable connector direction is expressed in degrees, with the cable held flat, 90° is bent down, 180° is straight, and 270° is bent up (those are also hard to find)
I am looking for that exact cable you have on your HDD. Who makes it, and where can I purchase?
Thank You.
Serial ATA Device Cables Look toward the bottom of the page.
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