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    Unused SATA cables on M/B

    I am going to need a new HDD for my new system, as of yet I have not made up my mind (nothing unusual there ). My case is still open with cables hanging out and not yet in its final location. I want to remedy that as I am still using an XP on my old box. I want to install SATA cables to any empty ports on board before moving the box because they are a pain to get on even on a well lit counter top. [Which brings to mind another question why the heck do they those ports on in parallel w/ the board????] I want to know if I am asking for any kind of trouble with a bunch on unused but connected cables. Do cables not terminated with a device cause problems. Now that I am writing this I think I could disable the ports in UEFI but will still let the question stand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wavy View Post
    ...I want to know if I am asking for any kind of trouble with a bunch on unused but connected cables. Do cables not terminated with a device cause problems...
    I have always had one or two extra SATA (and PATA w/ older PCs) cables connected to the motherboards in my desktop PCs (for working on customers' HDDs). Never had a problem.
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    Which brings to mind another question why the heck do they those ports on in parallel w/ the board????
    Because that is just the way the manufacutere of your specific motherboard designed them. (not uncommon)
    ...Not to mention one of the most common motherboard complaints. (mine is the same way)

    Advice: Unless you plan to fill ALL those SATA ports with drives, only install 2 cables at most.
    If you can disable the ports in UEFI, that's good too.
    Too many cable can present an air flow problem within the case, so the less the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    ...Too many cable can present an air flow problem within the case, so the less the better...
    Correct to a point, but SATA cables are much narrower (<>7mm) than PATA cables (<>50mm) so having extra SATA cables attached (one or two) is less likely to present a cooling problem than the older (and by now somewhat unusual) circumstance of using PATA cables (each <>50mm wide).

    Also, I see no advantage in disabling any SATA ports in either UEFI or BIOS. Such will make no difference to boot times, nor to Windows startup times.
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    Thanks guys. I will install all, I've got plenty of room to stuff them. Until of course I use them then it might get tight.

    What got me thinking about it was remembering how fussy SCSI cables are and.... oh oh too much thinking
    that'll work

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    ...anybody remember FD & HD cables, IDE?
    Airflow is important, in an old desktop awhile back, I installed 2 small fans, and a larger chassis fan in the front bezel[?]. Anyway, the airflow was great, was a little noisier though. And laptops need airLove too, I have each one onto a large fan assembly [from Altex] and a smaller 5" inch fan aimed at the processor end. No more "warm to hot" problems.
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