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What's the difference between a sata cable that does have a clip and one that does not have that clip?

The cable with a clip:

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Without going into details, I would say the main difference is - the clip. ;) – Rook May 11 '10 at 21:40
+1. Thank goodness you didn't make this an answer or some self appointed police would have been sure to vote you down for humour. Regards, – Xavierjazz May 11 '10 at 22:53
@Xavierjazz - yeah, sorry about that. I know it's not a very smart comment, but I couldn't resist, expecially how the question was put :) – Rook May 16 '10 at 23:26
I LOVE THE CLIP!!!!! – Shiki Jul 18 '11 at 10:20
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Some people like clips, some people don't. If you have to move drives a lot, it helps make sure you don't accidentally pull the connection with the motherboard loose.

It's purely a matter of personal preference.

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There's no difference in terms of tech specs, but the cables without clips can come disconnected easily with the slightest bump when you're working inside the computer, even if you're not working on the disks.

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