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is there a difference between elbow SATA connectors and the ones with identical straight ends?
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    > is there a difference between elbow SATA connectors and the ones with identical straight ends?


    Depends on what you mean:

    For the SATA connectors that attach to hard drives,
    there are right-angle, left-angle and straight connectors.

    The right- and left-angle connectors are highly recommended
    because they tend to stay put while inserting one's hand(s)
    into a case, e.g. for routine maintenance, upgrades,
    trouble-shooting etc.

    If you bump the straight-line connectors, the resulting torque
    on the cables may cause the connector to mis-align or even break
    the housing on the hard drive: I have seen instances
    of the latter damage.


    If you mean the difference between the I-connector and L-connector
    at the other end of a SATA cable, the latter is for standard SATA connections
    and the former is for eSATA aka external Serial ATA connections.

    The eSATA connector was designed for cables that carry a slightly
    higher voltage, so that eSATA cables can extend longer than
    internal SATA cables.

    Also, good eSATA connectors should have a metal shield
    on the connector housing, which is designed to
    discharge any static buildup before the signal pins connect:
    this facilitates "hot-swapped" external enclosures -- much like
    USB connectors which can be inserted and removed while
    the system is running.


    See www.cooldrives.com for lots of close-up photos:

    http://www.cooldrives.com/sata-cables.html


    I hope this helps.


    MRFS
  2. awesome, yeah that really helps
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