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SATA power cables - flexibility & durability
« on: December 02, 2016, 06:55:54 AM »
Bit of a noob question but since this is my first PC build need some assurance.
Just installed a 2.5" 1TB SSD and attaching the SATA power cable required quite a bit of pressure and creasing of the cable (see image)
Just wondering, is this normal? and is there any possibility of damage to the cable when folded-creased an extreme amount?

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Re: SATA power cables - flexibility & durability
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2016, 08:45:19 AM »
This is a good question, and a common problem resulting from the fact that SATA power cables were designed with much larger 3.5" and 5.25" drives in mind, where tight packing would not be an issue. The 2.5" drive format was designed for laptops using slide-in bays with built-in power connectors. Case designers have gotten creative finding tight spaces in which to tuck SSDs, without a lot of regard to how cabling would actually work.

I think your setup will be fine, but a work-around would be to use the last connector on the chain, which will require fewer contortions. If that one is attached to another device (I believe you have it attached to the fan controller in your Fractal case), you can use another cable just for the SSD.
« Last Edit: December 02, 2016, 12:23:22 PM by Ari Altman »