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Switching sata cable


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#1 josheee12

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 10:56 PM

Hi guys. I have an idea and do not know if such an object exists. I am building a HTPC, and it sits within 5 feet of my desktop. Normally, a SATA cable goes from the HDD to the MoBo. I would like to add a SATA port to the rear of the case, and be able to switch the data lines from the MoBo to the SATA port, so I can use the eSATA port on my desktop to add new media. I would like to be able to avoid networking.

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 11:48 PM

I'm not familiar with what an HTPC is...

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 12:22 AM

3 ft is about the max length for a SATA cable. Could you restate what you are asking?

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 03:54 PM

There are SATA cables longer than 3 feet, but they're out of specification. I am not sure how this can be done without networking.
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Posted 22 November 2009 - 05:10 PM

I'm not familiar with what an HTPC is...


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Posted 22 November 2009 - 11:26 PM

It looks like this should be able to connect an outside SATA to an inside one, but its hard to say -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16815280010

Then maybe a SATA cable like this -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...0-092-_-Product

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 08:08 PM

networking would prolly be easier, they sell PCI cards that have external SATA ports, but if it were me I would just invest in a couple wireless adaptors and there you go. if you have a wireless router its pretty easy, if you dont want to pay for a wireless router you can set up a ad hoc connection between 2 different PCs fairly easy and inexpensively. in fact, with probably the same amout or less then doing what your suggesting, and accomplish the same task.

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