SATA cable question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by The.316, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. The.316 macrumors 65816

    The.316

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    I have my SSD drive ready to be installed on my 27" imac, and while the sata power cable I have is about 6", the SATA connector cable is 3 feet. My question is...would there be any type of transfer rate difference with the 3 foot cable, as opposed to a 20" cable? I dont think that I will have an issue with the length of the cable fitting in the imac if I zip tie it. Any thoughts on the matter? Thanks!
     
  2. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a

    upaymeifixit

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    I can't tell you for sure, but I know Ethernet cables are good up to 100ft. I would assume 17in won't make much a difference at all, in fact I'm almost positive.
     
  3. The.316 thread starter macrumors 65816

    The.316

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    Well its not 17 inches. The cable is 1 meter, which is a little over 3 feet. So the difference would be a 20 inch cable compared to a 3 ft cable.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    1 meter is the SATA designated maximum length so there should be no degradation in performance.
     

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