I experience unreliable S-ata connections, month after month. I do connect different internal disks from time to time, change their positions on the ports, but not very frequently nor brutally. It's still not very clear to me; the connections improve when I replace the cables.
Some disks or adapters have a cable latch, others don't, apparently this isn't the cause.
All disk and mobo connectors allow for some movements of the cables' connectors, something I didn't expect.
Possibly the cables or the contacts are sensitive to roll, more than to pitch and yaw. A bit obscure still.
I'm very disappointed and upset, because I didn't have such worries with P-ata, and the older Usb cables and connectors (which served as a model for serial links like S-ata) are very reliable despite being manoeuvred thousand times more often and being exposed to harsh treatment at a computer's back.
So I'd like to hear from your experience, for instance:
- Are the cables destroyed internally? Or is it a bad contact between the connectors?
- What are the kind of movements to avoid, if any?
- Are there bad brands or models of S-ata cables? The ones I got with Gigabyte's mobo failed as well.
- Other explanations?