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SATA cable underneath mobo - safe?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Stu, 20 Oct 2009.

  1. Stu

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,303

    Location: Wirral

    I am building my first µATX rig and am finding cable routin more challenging compared to a full size form factor.

    I have managed to run the SATA cable from the DVD drive UNDERNEATH the motherboard... i.e. in the space between the motherboard and the motherboard mounting tray.

    Is this OK or a bad idea?
  2. JonJ678


    Joined: 22 Dec 2008

    Posts: 10,371

    Location: England

    I've been doing this for a while, no issues yet. No doubt there are risks of things shorting if the thick insulation layer is pierced by a piece of solder.
  3. xGaffner


    Joined: 7 Jun 2009

    Posts: 388

    Can't see anything bad happening, seems fine to me.
  4. Craig321


    Joined: 2 May 2004

    Posts: 19,974

    I don't see why not. Heat won't be a problem & it won't short unless you have an already broken SATA cable.
  5. Stu

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,303

    Location: Wirral

    Thanks for the quick replies! I stick with the plan.
  6. daz87uk


    Joined: 30 Nov 2008

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    Location: Newquay

    It will be fine, Ive had thick usb cables behind mine before and atm I got 2 sata cables running under the motherboard, never had any issues.
  7. rxmac


    Joined: 15 Jun 2005

    Posts: 644

    Location: Northants

    As long as the cable is free to move then it wont be a problem, if it is physically wedged / trapped by something then the insulation might get damaged / piereced which would cause issues.

    This is obviously assuming you haven't taped it down, which i sometimes do ;).