How to Remove a SATA Cable From a Hard Drive

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How to Remove a SATA Cable From a Hard Drive
Computer hard drives are used to store data and files. (hard drive internals image by BigDog from

SATA drives are hard drives that were designed to be easier to install and remove. There is no longer a need to adjust jumper settings or worry about master-slave relationships. Seagate, a large hard drive manufacturer, says you can run both parallel and serial ATA drives provided your motherboard can utilise both interfaces. This makes SATA drives quite versatile. Occasionally, you may need to remove the SATA cable from your drive. Whether you want to do it for troubleshooting or to replace the drive, not knowing how to remove the SATA cable from your hard drive can cause major frustration.

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Things you need

  • Small Phillips screwdriver set
  • Small nut driver set

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  1. 1

    Turn off your computer and unplug it from any power source.

  2. 2

    Release the latch or remove the screw or screws to open your computer case using either a screwdriver or nut driver. Your make and model of computer will determine how the case opens. Generally they are opened by releasing a latch, or removing a hex-head screw or screws. Sometimes these screws are Phillips head.

  3. 3

    Slide the side panel off your computer. They generally slide back away from the front of the computer.

  4. 4

    Locate your SATA hard drive within your computer case. It will be a rectangular object roughly 8 inches by 5 inches by either 2.5 or 2.5 inches.

    How to Remove a SATA Cable From a Hard Drive
    SATA cables are typically orange or blue. (SATA connector. A close up. Isolated on a white background. image by Andrey Khritin from
  5. 5

    Locate the SATA cable attached to your hard drive. Grasp the edges of the black connector that attaches to your drive.

  6. 6

    Pull gently, straight out from the drive, on the connector for the SATA cable until it releases from the hard drive.

  7. 7

    Close your computer case and replace any screws removed.

Tips and warnings

  • It is best to remove the SATA cable from both the hard drive and the motherboard if it is no longer going to be used.
  • Never wiggle the SATA cable on a hard drive or motherboard to get it off. This can damage the connectors.

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