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6ft SATA 6 Gbps External Shielded Cable - eSATA to SATA (Type I to Type L) - Black
External SATA (eSATA) cables are designed to connect external SATA devices to either external SATA ports or internal SATA connectors. Unlike cables for internal applications, eSATA cabling must be shielded. The eSATA connectors are keyed differently, to prevent the use of internal SATA cables in external applications. While internal SATA connectors have an "L" shaped key, eSATA connectors use smaller, vertically offset keys.
This shielded eSATA cable is certified to perform to SATA 6 Gbps performance standards. One end is terminated in an eSATA connector, while the other end is terminated with an internal SATA connector. By routing the cable through an opening in the system case, you can use eSATA devices with a system that is only equipped with internal SATA ports.
Note that SATA 6 Gbps cables are backwards compatible and can be used with SATA 3 Gbps and SATA 1.5 Gbps devices. However, the data transfer of the SATA subsystem will be limited to that of the slowest device. So, for example, if a SATA 6 Gbps cable is connected to a SATA 3 Gbps drive and a SATA 1.5 Gbps controller, the drive will be limited to a transfer rate of 1.5 Gbps.
Exactly what I needed to test my new hdds without having to open up my computer. Previously I was using a sata to usb thing but that is limited to 2tb, so I needed another solution to test my brand new 4tb hdds. This cable fit the bill perfectly. One end plugs into your esata port and the other end is regular sata to plug into the hard drive. You'll still need to power the hdd tho so keep that in mind when ordering.
Maybe Monoprice could look into supplying an external sata power adaptor as well.
Locally a cable such as this sells for $10-$17! And nobody has stock so it sill needs to be ordered and shipped. I'm extremely happy.
CONS: Wish this came in a 3ft version as well
PROS: Worked as advertised, allowing me to connect a normal 2.5" SATA SSD to an external eSATA port (was the only SATA port I had left on my motherboard).
CONS: None so far.
PROS: As advertised! Low cost.
PROS: Works as expected
PROS: - Excellent transfer speeds
- Lightweight and flexible
PROS: eSATA speeds, nice length.
CONS: It's a cable... it simply works. Pehaps just a bit thick and stiff but that is incredibly nitpicky.
I noticed that internally the ioSafe Solo used a short SATA cable to connect the drive to a small circuit board, and the circuit board held the USB 2.0 socket that was exposed on the exterior of the case. I used the Monoprice eSATA to SATA cable to bypass the small circuit board and connect my new drive in the Solo's case to an eSATA port on the back of my PC.
The eSATA to SATA cable works great and has cut my backup times to 1/4 of what they were previously with the USB 2.0 interface.
Only downside has nothing to do with the cable. It has to do with the fact that I lost the waterproofing capability of the ioSafe when doing the hard drive swap because I didn't have one of the proprietary plastic bags to hold the drive inside the Solo's case. It is still thermally protected by an inch+ of ceramic for fire resistance, however, and the drive runs much cooler not being in a bag (the heat buildup probably had something to do with two of the native Solo's drives failing, the first one happening under warranty).
The cable itself delivers exactly what you'd expect at a low Monoprice price.
PROS: Good data transfer speed, and the black color blends in with the rest of my cables.
CONS: Stiff(ish) cord, making it harder to manage in a PC case. But still bendy enough to be used in a PC case.