Does Motherboards Come With Sata Cables?

Yes. Practically all motherboards come with SATA cables.

Newbies seem to ask questions like this a lot (and experts sometimes don’t make it any easier for them), so here’s an attempt at clarifying this detail of installing SATA drives.

When you look inside your PC case, you’ll see several cables connected to the motherboard. Some are long and some short. All the long ones connect to your hard drive(s) or optical drives; these are called “data” cables. The shorter ones either piggyback on the longer ones or plugin directly to your motherboard; these are called “power” or “motherboard” cables.

They’re called power cables because they also carry the 5 volts necessary to run your drives. They’re called motherboard cords because they connect directly with the motherboard without plugging into a device itself (unlike all those other cables, which plug in wherever there’s an available port.) For this reason, don’t get too concerned about how many cable connections are going to be used by hard drives—there will always be at least one motherboard cable for each drive.Sata Cables

If you’re installing multiple drives in your system, that’s a good thing! It means each drive gets its own power cord instead of sharing a single data cable. These cords and ports on the back of your case are referred to as “connectors.”

How many cables should I connect? The answer is: it depends. And you’ll need only one motherboard power cable (for each hard drive) regardless of how many drives you install. Some motherboards have six data ports (called SATA, SAS or ATA); some only manage two—but chances are they’re labeled “Data 1” through “Data 6.” If your motherboard has only 2 ports, use Data 1 for your OS and Data 2 for a backup drive. Or go out and buy an internal card with more port slots and then plug in the appropriate number of devices into them!

If you’re using multiple hard drives on a machine with integrated graphics such as this Gateway , select options under “Boot Priority Order” to boot from the drive you want.

As far as cabling goes, there are two ways to go: inside or outside—or a combination of both. Inside means that the power and motherboard cables will connect “behind” your PC case along with your SATA data cables; outside means they’ll attach alongside your drives instead of on the back of the machine. If you’re building a desktop system, it’s easier and safer to have everything on the inside.

On laptops, though, it makes more sense to use outside connectors since you’re not opening up those machines very often anyway. The only time you’ll need to open up a laptop is if something goes wrong or needs upgrading!

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