Locking eSATA cable?

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  1. kumquat

    kumquat [H]ardness Supreme

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    I've been looking around for a while and can't find any eSATA cables that have a latch or lock similar to what's now common on SATA cables.

    Does such a thing exist? Do most devices with eSATA ports support them? Where can I find one?
     
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    Funnily enough, your GIS for "lockable esata cable" shows almost nothing but SATA cables. ;)

    In any case, a search on Amazon for "esata latch" finds plenty of what OP is after. ;)
     
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    I see a lot of latching SATA to nonlatching ESATA cables there. There's one 6 ft cable that says "metal latch" but nothing in the picture of the connectors looks at all like a latch.
     
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    touché :) I guess eSata with a locking head isn't particularly common.
     
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    I mean, eSATA connectors kind of do have a metal part that "hooks in" when connected that provides extra resistance compared to a plain SATA connector's completely smooth construction.

    Pretty sure that's all there is for eSATA. You would have to find a cable with a real latch and also a female plug on a device that accepted that same latch.
     
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    That's a shame. I've used eSATA for removable storage before, but mostly backup drives and whatnot. Now I'm using it for full-time work and was hoping for something a little more robust. Oh well.

    Thanks.
     
  9. Old Hippie

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    Yikes, what a mess!

    Looks like we have type "I" and type "L" SATA external connectors along with eSATA.

    Check out some pics here.

    No locks on any eSATA.
     
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    This is actually a really helpful page, thanks! :cool:
     
  11. patrickdk

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    Well, it's really not that much of a mess.

    SATA L is normal internal sata connectors.

    SATA I is ESATA.

    But cause esata didn't come on many things, everyone started making sata to esata adapters, causing that mess you see, and the mixup of terms.

    What is more fun, is power over esata, or otherwise known as, esata+usb on the same plug.