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    Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    Hi Guy & Girls,

    Recently I purchased 2 x Samsung 1TB drives (HD103SJ) to add to my existing system.

    I had a set of new SATA cables (thin cables) around so I plugged them in and off we went, partitioned both drives into 500gb each (4x500gb).

    after about 30-40mins one part of the partitions on both drives disappeared.. couldn't figured it out at first, i though it was the motherboard setting tried them no luck!!!

    then.... after thinking about it for a few days!!! I disconnected my 2 x DVD-RW's (better cables installed used) and connected them to my 2 drives.... since them all seems ok!!!

    These cables that I used on 2 x drives seem to be SATA150.. and much simmer (30AWG)

    So now I wanted to change all my SATA cables in my system, so my question to you all is which is a good set of cables to purchase that has a min spec of SATA-300


    Thank you all for your time and help.

    Best Regards

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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    I have used cables made by A C Ryan with some success. You might want tio consider cables with latches on them as I have had an instance of a cable working loose. Akasa cables are probably OK - not used them myself though. Startech is another well known brand
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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    Excellent,

    Please can you advise me as to where is the best place to purchase them from.

    many thanks

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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    I have used cables made by A C Ryan with some success. You might want tio consider cables with latches on them as I have had an instance of a cable working loose. Akasa cables are probably OK - not used them myself though. Startech is another well known brand
    As far as I know SATA-II spec and onwards require cables to have the clips for secure fit.

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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    No but they do help, sata -3gbs specs got rid on the open design socket so locking cables could be used.
    There's no difference in sata cable specs between original 150mbs, 300mbs and the new 600mbs

    However sata cables are less flexable and more prone to having the internal wire break if you bend them too much or too often.
    Higher quality cables are more durable, I've also had the plug on a cheap sata cable crack and the side broke off so it will not say in.

    Key things are get the correct length and the correct angled heads for your case and proposed cable route.
    Locking clips do make life easier though.
    Akasa makes some nice round sata cables which are good quality, not cheap though.

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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    great hard drives by the way,personally I like the right angled locking connector type, in the shortest distance that will fit. sorry this is a little off topic, but my motherboard came with a single black SATA 3 6 GB/S,Does anyone know if you have to use a special cable for SATA 3.

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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by Anteries View Post
    great hard drives by the way,personally I like the right angled locking connector type, in the shortest distance that will fit. sorry this is a little off topic, but my motherboard came with a single black SATA 3 6 GB/S,Does anyone know if you have to use a special cable for SATA 3.
    I found that using a thick (26AWG) works better than using slimmer (30AWG).

    as mentioned in this thread, better to use the ones with lock clips.

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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    where is the best place to purchase these SATA cables.

    any links would be good

    thx

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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by umster View Post
    where is the best place to purchase these SATA cables.

    any links would be good

    thx
    Scan have a good range. I'm still using some Extra long ones I bought somewhere cheap they don't have the latches either.

    I think alot of the problems with SATA cables are due to sharp bends or very tight cable ties on them.

    If you measure your cable route you should be able to get close to the exact cable you need.

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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    Good range of SATA cables for sale at Scan here:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer-...es/SATA-Cables

    including many Akasa ones and a good range also at EBuyer here:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/search?q=SATA+cable

    including many Startech ones.

    Neither seem to sell the A C Ryan ones though so not sure where the best place for these is.

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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    No but they do help, sata -3gbs specs got rid on the open design socket so locking cables could be used.
    There's no difference in sata cable specs between original 150mbs, 300mbs and the new 600mbs

    However sata cables are less flexable and more prone to having the internal wire break if you bend them too much or too often.
    Higher quality cables are more durable, I've also had the plug on a cheap sata cable crack and the side broke off so it will not say in.

    Key things are get the correct length and the correct angled heads for your case and proposed cable route.
    Locking clips do make life easier though.
    Akasa makes some nice round sata cables which are good quality, not cheap though.
    Another vote for Akasa, I don't have the round ones but I have 1m silver ones, they seem to be made of a more rubbery material rather than stiff hard plastic.

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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    Thank you very much for all your efforts in help me out, I will take a look at the links provided.

    any other experiences, please add to this thread

    Thx
    Last edited by umster; 27-01-2011 at 10:10 AM.

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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

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    Thank you , I just edit my post as I found out.. sorry for that.

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    Re: Best Sata-300 Cables to purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by Anteries View Post
    sorry this is a little off topic, but my motherboard came with a single black SATA 3 6 GB/S,Does anyone know if you have to use a special cable for SATA 3.
    As I said in the post above, no, there is no difference in any sata cable apart from quality, ones that are labeled sats 6gbs is just marketing.

    http://www.serialata.org/documents/S...Got-Faster.pdf
    SATA 6Gb/s Cabling
    The same cables and connectors used for current SATA implementations can be
    used to connect SATA 6Gb/s devices. SATA-IO recommends utilizing quality
    components to ensure data integrity and robust operation at the fast 6Gb/s transfer rate.
    Cables already at the threshold of 3Gb/s operating margins may experience lower
    performance than expected at 6Gb/s due to an increased number of resends.
    http://www.serialata.org/documents/S...-FAQ-FINAL.pdf
    9: Does SATA 6Gb/s require different connectors and cables to support the higher
    transfer speed?
    A9: The same cables and connectors used for current SATA 1.5 and SATA 3.0 Gb/s
    implementations can be used to connect SATA 6Gb/s devices, although SATA-IO recommends
    quality components be selected to ensure data integrity and robust operation at the faster SATA
    6Gb/s transfer rate. Keeping the existing SATA connector form factor enables SATA 6Gb/s to
    be designed into the same cost-conscious hardware architectures while minimizing
    infrastructure changes.
    Or in other words, there's no real difference apart from quality, if you've got bad cables trying to up the speed isn't going to help.

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