SATA Cables

What is SATA?

Short for Serial Advanced Technology Attachment, SATA is a connector interface used for computer bus connections, connecting a host bus adapter, to a mass storage device. Prior to SATA cables, PATA (Parallel ATA) technology was used to connect devices, newer SATA cable technology not only allows for faster data transfer but, when supported, SATA cables are suitable for hot plugging. SATA cables also utilise smaller cables than their PATA predecessors as well as providing an external interface, unlike PATA.

There are two types of connection most commonly found on a SATA cable, 4-pin or 15-pin connectors are standard with varying cable lengths. SATA cables can also be power split to enable connection of one port to two devices.

What is Hot Plugging?

Simply put, hot plugging is the capability to add or remove devices to a computer system whilst the system is switched on and running. As well as being able to add and remove devices while a machine is active, hot plugging functionality means operating systems can automatically recognise the device being added without any need to restarting.

SATA Devices

SATA cables are able to connect to a variety of devices and can utilise hot plugging technology only when decides and operating systems are compatible. Examples of SATA capable devices are.

• Hard disk drives
• Optical drives
• Solid state memory drives

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Description Price Connector A Connector B Length Number of Populated Ways Sheath Colour Cable Type
RS Stock No. 537-4609
Mfr. Part No.88762-5410
BrandMolex
TWD223.00
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Female SATA Female SATA 1m 7 Red PVC
RS Stock No. 486-6832
Mfr. Part No.88751-1310
BrandMolex
TWD55.00
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Male SATA Female SATA 150mm 15 Black/Black/Red/Yellow PVC
RS Stock No. 486-6882
Mfr. Part No.88751-1410
BrandMolex
TWD117.00
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Female SATA Pigtail 1.5m 4 Black/Black/Red/Yellow Power
RS Stock No. 800-6823
Mfr. Part No.68561-0014
BrandMolex
TWD87.00
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Female SATA Female SATA 500mm 7 Red Serial ATA Cable
RS Stock No. 542-7359
Mfr. Part No.88750-5318
BrandMolex
TWD221.00
Each
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Female SATA Female SATA 500mm 7 Red PVC
RS Stock No. 161-7917
Mfr. Part No.88751-1410
BrandMolex
TWD98.40
Each (In a Bag of 150)
units
Female SATA Pigtail 1.5m 4 Black/Black/Red/Yellow PVC
RS Stock No. 800-6835
Mfr. Part No.68561-0015
BrandMolex
TWD199.00
Each
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Female SATA Female SATA 1m 7 Red Serial ATA Cable
RS Stock No. 167-1719
Mfr. Part No.88750-5318
BrandMolex
TWD168.70
Each (In a Bag of 200)
units
Female SATA Female SATA 500mm 7 Red PVC