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Which SATA TO USB cable do I need for my Samsung 840 evo 120gb SSD?

Hi,

I recently bought a Samsung SSD and I am having trouble buying a SATA TO USB cable since it didn't come with it.

Can someone please suggest which one I should buy.

Best regards
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  1. If this is going to be an internal drive in a desktop, you need just a SATA data cable. Not SATA-USB.
    It plugs into one of the SATA ports on the motherboard.
  2. USAFRet said:
    If this is going to be an internal drive in a desktop, you need just a SATA data cable. Not SATA-USB.
    It plugs into one of the SATA ports on the motherboard.


    Hi,

    Thanks for your reply mate. But how am I supposed to install my OS onto the SSD? Also the samsung 840 evo has a sata data cable slot and another slot where you are supposed to plug in a sata to usb cable (should I just leave that one blank?)

    Best regards
  3. Best answer
    Spov said:
    USAFRet said:
    If this is going to be an internal drive in a desktop, you need just a SATA data cable. Not SATA-USB.
    It plugs into one of the SATA ports on the motherboard.


    Hi,

    Thanks for your reply mate. But how am I supposed to install my OS onto the SSD? Also the samsung 840 evo has a sata data cable slot and another slot where you are supposed to plug in a sata to usb cable (should I just leave that one blank?)

    Best regards




    The 'other' slot is for the power cable. That comes off your PSU.
    The two look like this ____| |_______ Only fits one way.

    For the install? Assuming you have a install DVD and activation key, simply connect the SSD, boot from the DVD, and follow the instructions.
    AHCI mode in the BIOS, DVD first in the boot order (change that to the SSD later), and install.
  4. I would like a follow up on this please. "Simply connect the SSD", but the question is about not having the SSD-to-USB connector. How does one download the software to the SSD without that dongle, or what dongle is needed?
  5. Lo Crutis said:
    I would like a follow up on this please. "Simply connect the SSD", but the question is about not having the SSD-to-USB connector. How does one download the software to the SSD without that dongle, or what dongle is needed?


    If it is going to be an internal drive, no SATA-USB thing needed.
    If it is going toi be an external drive (why?), a SATA-USB dock or cable would work.
    Like this: http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-External-Drive-Docking-Station/dp/B001IOPIRW
  6. Ok, thanks. The instructions said to load the software with the USB dongle before mounting the drive. Ill just mount it and plug it in to the SATA port.
  7. The installation guide that came with the EVO basic kit (just the drive basically) was not very informative to be honest. The first step features this usb to sata connection for some reason (as if this connector was something commonly laying around people's houses...). It doesn't explain why you have to do this, or what is supposed to happen at that stage. Only later, step five I think, it tells you to place the drive inside your computer and connect it the way you would expect. It bugged me immensely, because with all the fancy software and tech inside modern SSD's I couldn't just automatically rule out that this was in fact not necessary... Anyway, I'm glad that I don't have to go procure this cable, but I'm very curious why the step was included in the first place, and not just as an alternative connection. It was not presented as if it was intended for external usage...
  8. kreaturen said:
    The installation guide that came with the EVO basic kit (just the drive basically) was not very informative to be honest. The first step features this usb to sata connection for some reason (as if this connector was something commonly laying around people's houses...). It doesn't explain why you have to do this, or what is supposed to happen at that stage. Only later, step five I think, it tells you to place the drive inside your computer and connect it the way you would expect. It bugged me immensely, because with all the fancy software and tech inside modern SSD's I couldn't just automatically rule out that this was in fact not necessary... Anyway, I'm glad that I don't have to go procure this cable, but I'm very curious why the step was included in the first place, and not just as an alternative connection. It was not presented as if it was intended for external usage...


    Those initial steps speak to cloning your old stuff onto the new drive. Obviously, not everyone does that.
  9. I think the SATA to USB was solely for the purpose of Cloning your drive with the Data Migration software that they provide. That way you just swap out the drive without doing a fresh install. But yeah they don't tell you this. And it's stupid that they cannot provide a cable to make their Data migration software work. :) The cable may be provided on the Pro with Install kit but not the EVO.
  10. I fear that you bought the wrong unit. Samsung sells a Desktop PC Upgrade model that includes a SATA-to-USB cable, SATA data cable, mounting bracket , and screws. Sounds like you may have the drive-only product.
  11. The desktop adapter is not necessary. Get some double-sided tape and stick you ssd into an empty hdd slot.
    Coogan.
  12. Well i just installed one of these, and all i did was plug it in like a regular HDD and migrate onto the raw drive space using the samsung migration tool. If you google for it, you can download it free from their website.

    Took about 20 minutes to shift the 80gig, then just switched the SATA cables around in the case and let it boot from that.

    Must admit it did have a bit of a re-indexing thing from chkdsk, but apart from that i can't see why it needs to be complicated by an external connection. I agree that the included booklet is a bit rubbish, but just treat it like a regular HDD install.
  13. Same for mine, I realized that when I bought it, it didn't come with it's mini adapter. It will not fit into you're motherboard because the ports for it is to big, so you'll need to buy a adapter from amazon. Here is a link, https://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-1-8-Adapter-Cable/dp/B0037JACXG/ref=pd_bxgy_147_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=84K9F5QJ8672D6VDAE09. Have a nice day!
  14. PC answer said:
    Same for mine, I realized that when I bought it, it didn't come with it's mini adapter. It will not fit into you're motherboard because the ports for it is to big, so you'll need to buy a adapter from amazon. Here is a link, https://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-1-8-Adapter-Cable/dp/B0037JACXG/ref=pd_bxgy_147_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=84K9F5QJ8672D6VDAE09. Have a nice day!


    That cable is only needed if you are connecting it externally through USB.
    For a regular desktop machine, it connects just like any other SATA drive.

    And please don't resurrect 3 year old threads. Thanks.
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