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Do I need a SATA cable

I am sure this is a stupid question, but I am going to have my computer upgraded and part of that is installing a SSD drive. My question is will the cable that come with the computer work or do I need a new cable?

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I use the cables that came with the PC or motherboard.

I rarely have to buy cables.

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New SATA cable

Thank you very much for the answer. I thought that would be the answer. But I got to wondering, will the original SATA cable that came with my computer 6 years ago be able to handle the data transfer rates of the new SSD drive?

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Don't get scammed on SATA (or HDMI) cables.
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Sata cables

Data rate wise no difference between sata 2 cables and sata 3 cables.

The sata 3 cables might come with a retaining clip on the ends.

What will effect perf is if your plugging the ssd into a sata 2 port on the mobo.

But even so it will still be better than a hdd.

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Once I had to

buy a proprietary SATA cable for an Acer laptop. I bought the laptop expecting to upgrade it when I purchased. It came with a 1 TB HD as the boot drive. I planned on buy a SSD and installed the image of the HD then move the HD to the second bay. Come to find out their was no cable to connect to the SATA HD. I called Acer and they said I couldn't use the second bay although the same model came with 2 drives in Australia. So I kept looking I found a Acer cable in England but it was for the previous model and wouldn't work on mine. I then found one in Canada that was made for my model and it was a genuine Acer part with an Acer part #. I also had to buy a 2nd bay cover to fit the drive in the bay. it cost me about 40 dollars. I purchased an it worked right away. The cable plugged into a proprietary clot on the motherboard and the other end was a standard SATA connector. Just make sure you get an SATA SSD because they do have PCI SSD's now.

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