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I would like to know if is it possible (compatible) to use the same cable of a 3.5" HDD for a 2.5" SSD, or in other words, just swap one for another?

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Question is very vague. Please update it to reflect what kind of cable. – AlanTuring Oct 10 '12 at 18:26

Yes this is possible. However, going from a 2.5 to a 3.5 if you're using a laptop will not work, because a 3.5" won't fit.

*NOTE Make sure both connections are SATA or IDE. If they are not, then they are not compatible. The picture shows the difference between the two.


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My motherboard came with two cables, each designated for either SATA II or SATA III. Are the two cables actually different and would that influence the decision of OP? – Vian Esterhuizen Oct 10 '12 at 18:25
To my knowledge a SATA cable is a SATA cable (the pinouts are no different). I guess cheap ones might not be able to handle the throughput of SATA III without interference though. – Shinrai Oct 10 '12 at 18:27
@Shinrai Yeah I wasn't sure, just thought I'd check. – Vian Esterhuizen Oct 10 '12 at 18:30
Yes these cables are the same, as @Shinrai said the only problem may be the amount of data transfer these can handle. However, unless you have a SSD, this won't matter. SSD's are the only hardware that can fully utilize SATA III – nathpilland Oct 10 '12 at 18:47

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