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- SATA data cable - pin query
November 14, 2006, 7:42 pm
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Further to the issues I have been having with a broken SATA data
connector (which still works after being wedged on!) I was wondering
about the pin arrangement on the connector. I note there are 2
transmit and 2 receive pins with 3 ground pins...
My question is - what if one or more of the ground pins were not
connected, would the drive still work and if so is it dangerous? i.e.
must ALL 7 pins be connected before the drive will work/be seen by XP?
thanks for your help :D
Re: SATA data cable - pin query
"Serial ATA – 4-wire cable with support for optional shield / drain wires
Serial ATA uses a minimum 4-wire cable that includes differential pairs for
transmitting and receiving data. To minimize impedance and crosstalk, many
incorporate additional shielding ground drain lines which function
similarly to the 40 interspersed ground lines in the 80-pin Ultra ATA cable.
The Serial ATA connector supports 3 independent ground return paths. Serial
ATA cables are specified to be at max 1m in length."
If I had to choose a ground pin to break off, I'd want to choose one of the
outside ground pins, and not the one in the center.