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SATA connectors are crap!
by phoenix on Fri 24th Feb 2012 19:31 UTC
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

Whoever came up with the non-locking SATA connector needs to be taken out back and shot.

IDE connectors were nice and tight, and could not "wiggle loose" on their own.

P-SCSCI connectors were nice and tight, and could not "wiggle loose" on their own.

Multi-lane SAS connectors all have locking clips, so they can't "wiggle loose".

Some vendors provide locking SATA connectors, but they're fairly rare and add a bit of cost.

Why, oh why, oh why did the standard SATA connector make it out of the lab? These things are flimsy, non-locking, and will "wiggle loose" with very little provocation (similar to HDMI cables). Especially when used with 10K/15K RPM drives, or multiple 7.2K RPM drives in a case. You get a lot of vibration in a multi-U rackmount case stuffed full of drives.

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transputer_guy Member since:
2005-07-08

When I bought my Gigabyte mobo for my Quad core, it came with several all latching Sata cables while most disk drives come with the loose fitting ones. The latching cables sometimes don't fit some female sockets but otherwise I far prefer them to the old IDE ribbons or SCSI cables which have plenty of their own mechanical issues.

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RE: SATA connectors are crap!
by Gone fishing on Sat 25th Feb 2012 11:00 in reply to "SATA connectors are crap!"
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

I've had a Raid degrade for exactly the same reason but it not just the crap non-locking connectors. Cheap SATA cables themselves are a problem, buy a new drive and then loose data and be plagued with instability due to a damn rubbish cable,and that’s before it falls out completely.

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

I've had the same problem... somehow when routing my cables in a build I've managed to "break" them and have had to go out and buy more. I now tend to automatically order "good" cables with new drives or mobos.

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