Is replacing the SATA cable to the hard drive and motherboard just a matter of powering off the computer, unplugging the old one and switching for the new one?
In other words, will there be any programming involved, driver installs, etc.?
nothing to fear, it's as simple as it sounds. unplug one, plug new one in !
On most machines you can even do it without powering off... but dont do it if you're unsure of your abilities (fingers and spinning fans dont mix) :-)
It's just hardware so your assumption is correct. There is no programming or even reinstallation of drivers.
Power off, unplug the old and insert the new. Make sure that the cables have the same type plug at each end (straight or bent).
Make sure that you and the computer case are grounded to avoid the (small) risk of static shock.
Replacing a SATA cable is just a matter of unplugging. The only thing you should look for is whether the cable ends are straight or angled and what length you need them to be. No drivers/programming or anything else.
Make sure you're grounded and the computer is turned off.
I would think the first question is why do you suspect your SATA cable is no good? If your not sure how to change it, I'll bet you didn't diagnose the problem.
You DONT NEED ANY PROGRAMMING SKILLS.
You Just have to Remove the OLD SATA CABLE and plug-in the NEW ONE. Make sure you have done it properly.