View the updated project log on my personal site, XodusTech.com So in my shuttle (sb61g2v4) silver xpc, I only have 2 serial ATA ports, granted they are only SATA-I it is still sata, not the speed that is important to me as the sata itself. Well I originally had 2x250gb drives in the machine each on SATA, so there are the two ports. I recently added a 500gb SATA-II drive, now that leaves a problem. 3 drives 2 ports. so i purchased at the same time a small external sata sata usb controller. Problem is A) it was external, when I wanted the drive internal. B) It had an ugly usb wire on it c) It also had a soldered on sata cable. This would not do, So it was time to open it up and do something about it. A few weeks ago I replaced the usb cable it had with one that would plug into my shuttle's motherboard (it has several headers for various other devices shuttle could have one day made or included inside, one of those being the shuttle wifi adapter) This worked okay. But I was still not pleased with the short and ugly sata cable soldered onto the board, so I also desoldered that and soldered on a real sata plug. I had desoldered a few from a fried motherboard not long ago. I did this because I want to route the controller out of the way, with a real cable that can be removed, replaced and the likes. Pictures: Some shots of the cable that was soldered on the board Lining up the new connector, and then the desoldered sata cable Using my mini hand drill to drill through the solder contacts for the sata. I had to extend the contacts to reach my connector, as I would be mounting it at the edge of the pcb, So I used some single core wire (single core because thats what the sata wire used, and its the easiest to move and bend and make it stay that way) Just some glory shots of my new connector, I glued it down with some super glue, it should hold there for quite some time. Just one last shot of the back, and my superb soldering. I was kind of scared to be messing with sata, but like benheck said: "I was worried when I read SATA doesn't use TTL, but apparently it doesn't exactly use magic either, so it's still hackable" So what is next? Perhaps Ill extend off the activity led and interface it with the one on the front of my shuttle, just for fun. Also cover up those exposed sata wires, perhaps something that will block any emi, and work on the usb line a little, I want the actual usb removeable from the board, not soldered on like the sata was.