[SOLVED] eSATA cable over 6ft?

USAFRet

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Why aren't there longer cables? Because that is a carefully timed two way conversation between drive and system. A longer cable would introduce too much lag to actually work. Yes, nanoseconds matter.

Why do you need such a long cable between system and drive?
 

JimBob12378

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I mean I understand that, its just that I've never really heard of a any type of connector cable that is capped at 6ft. I'm guess I'm wondering why eSATA is the exception, unless of course there are more like that out there.

There is a good distance between my HD bay and my tower, and this bay is noisy and bright, so farther away from me the better. But it seems as though I must suffer through it hehe.

 

USAFRet

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The max length for a regular SATA data cable is 1/2 that...1 meter (3.3 feet)
It is simply because there is a carefully timed conversation between the drive and the motherboard. Longer cable = longer signal time = failed data transfer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA#eSATA
https://sata-io.org/developers/sata-ecosystem/esata

Standard USB cable is capped at 3 meters.
 

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