What cable do I need?

Discussion in 'Computer Memory and Hard Drives' started by moundtown, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. moundtown

    moundtown Member

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    What cable do I need to install a second hard drive (Samsung HD103SJ 1000GB Sata II) into a Dell Optiplex 780 computer?
     
  2. strollin

    strollin Well-Known Member

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    You need 2 cables, a power cable from your power supply to the drive and a SATA data cable from a port on your motherboard to the drive.
     
  3. moundtown

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    Thanks for the reply. The power cable is already there. I need to know exactly which SATA cable I need as it appears there are several types available. Would this one be what I need https://www.ebay.com/itm/SATA-Seria...129944?hash=item1e6bd4d818:g:WAwAAMXQk-FRFZKE
     
  4. Intel_man

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    You would want to at the very least get a SATA 2 cable, but for the sake of being able to reuse it in a future build, you should get a SATA 3 cable. All the SATA cables should be compatible with one another, but SATA 3 when used on motherboards with SATA 3 controllers allow for higher bandwidth throughput and doesn't cost much money.

    The one you linked doesn't specify which SATA standard it follows, so I'd be hesitant to buy it from that seller.
     
  5. moundtown

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    That is very helpful information, thank you. Do you think this cable would do the job https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-2-x-SA...121276?hash=item1f068144fc:g:1uMAAOSwVkBd24f2
     
  6. Intel_man

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    I don't see why not. Make sure where the harddrive is located in the case, the right angle plug fits either where the cable is plugged into the motherboard or where it is plugged into the harddrive.

    If neither of them appears to fit either due to space constraints or other things in they way, you should look into sata cables that have straight plugs on both ends.
     
  7. strollin

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    There is NO difference between SATA cables (aside from eSATA) all SATA cables are the same regardless.
     
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  8. Intel_man

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    Interesting, wasn't aware that didn't change the revision of the cable when they updated revisions on the controller end.
     
  9. Cromewell

    Cromewell Administrator Staff Member

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    Yeah, electrically they are the same, physically, I think they added the locking clips.
     

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