Advertisements The short answer is no, placing your expansion drive by any speaker isn't a good idea. A good eSATA cable will be shielded, but it's still best not only to keep cables away from EMI sources such as speakers (particularly sub-woofers) UPS, etc. but keeping hard drives as far away from them as possible is a good idea well. It might be a good investment to purchase a longer eSATA cable so that you can place it further away from anything that might cause data corruption. A 2m cable such as this recommended one will work. (Try to keep it under 3m for best performance though.) Others are listed on the first post of this thread (see #26).