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Hard Drives and SATA Cables?

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June 22, 2009 6:34:30 AM

First off, how many SATA Cables would one need if they were building a custom pc from scratch?

Are there different types of SATA Cables that you would need

Would my Case(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137) , Mobo(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128384), or Harddrive(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319) come with SATA Cables? Sorry if my question is alittle ambiguous but Im doing the best I can. Basically I just want to everything one would need to know about SATA cables if I was to build a custom rig. Thanks.

June 22, 2009 6:38:27 AM

fubukid100 said:
First off, how many SATA Cables would one need if they were building a custom pc from scratch?

Are there different types of SATA Cables that you would need

Would my Case(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137) , Mobo(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128384), or Harddrive(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319) come with SATA Cables? Sorry if my question is alittle ambiguous but Im doing the best I can. Basically I just want to everything one would need to know about SATA cables if I was to build a custom rig. Thanks.

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June 22, 2009 9:05:50 AM

Usually, the motherboard will come with SATA cables, and often the hard drives will as well. You won't need to buy any.
June 22, 2009 4:23:28 PM

The 'higher end' motherboards will almost always come with 2 or more SATA cables. A lot of the cheaper motherboards at this point do as well, but it's less of a sure thing. If you buy harddrives "OEM" they won't have cables with them. A retail package will nearly always come with an SATA cable and mounting screws (and some CD that you will probably never need or use.)

The number of SATA cables you 'need' is pretty easy... one for every harddrive you buy and one for every optical drive you buy (like a BluRay drive or a DVD player/burner.) As cjl pointed out, most drives will come with more cables so long as you aren't buying drives from NewEgg, etc. that are listed as 'OEM.'
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