If you are building a new PC or just want to add a new storage device with a SATA interface, like a traditional hard drive or an SSD, you will need to find the best way to route the SATA cables so that they don’t get in the way and block the airflow of the case.
In this article, we’ll show you how to make sure that these cables are routed correctly and in the best way possible.
Normal SATA cables are flat and can be hard to route and bend in the PC case without damaging anything or getting in the way.
Also, because they are flat, they can block the flow of air inside the case and even make noise when air moves through them, so it is very important to route them properly to avoid problems.
How to set up the PC’s SATA data cables
In general, once the motherboard is in the PC case, the SATA ports are in the lower right corner (both in the lower area and on the right side of the motherboard), and they can be facing up or down.
Most PC cases have cable routing holes that exactly match the SATA ports on the board. The first step is to plug one end of the data cable into the right port on the board and the other end through this hole so that the cable comes out the back of the box.
The next step is to check where on the board your hard drives or SSDs are. Most PC cases are made with hard drive racks that have SATA connectors on the back, near where the motherboard is. To connect your storage units, you would have to try to thread the cable through this back.
In this step, check to see if the box has anchor points for channelling. Ideally, you should “tie” the SATA cables together with cable ties or your box’s system so that they always go through the same place and don’t move.
The storage drives could also be on the front of your box, facing in, instead of on the back. In this case, you won’t be able to hide the cables completely, but you should still run them through the back of the motherboard, entering through the hole we showed you before and leaving through the hole closest to the storage units.
How to get the power from the SATA drives to the case
The power supply is always in the lower left corner of a PC case, unless it’s a very cheap one. This is also where you’ll always find holes to run cables. You should route the SATA power cables through this hole so that they go through the back of the motherboard.
Now, we need to figure out the best way to route the power cable through the back to where your storage drives are and through the closest hole, just like we did with the SATA data cables.
to these, but they are always looking for anchor points where they can “tie” the cable so it doesn’t move. Pay close attention to the extra SATA connectors because they are quite wide and can cause problems depending on how much room is in the back of your case.
Even if the cable routing on the back of the case isn’t in a magazine state, this usually doesn’t matter because this area isn’t visible. The important thing is that doing it this way will leave the inside as free of cables as possible, which will help the equipment cool down better.