[lug] low profile, long IDE cables?

D. Stimits stimits at comcast.net
Wed Sep 7 13:32:36 MDT 2005

Sean Reifschneider wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 01, 2005 at 06:42:51PM -0600, D. Stimits wrote:
>>I'm curious if anyone knows of a place to purchase longer than normal 
>>IDE cables, which are also low profile? The box I have to work with has 
> With regular PATA cables you can split the ribbon between every 4 to 6
> conductors and then stack the mini-ribbons to make a cable run that
> approaches more the size of a SATA cable.  This will cut down some on the
> length at each connector due to fan-out.

Unfortunately the route it must travel would still make this too long. 
Interesting idea though, I wonder what effect splitting has on noise and 
maximum length. The first time anyone runs into a cable length problem 
though, it's an eye opener...it made me realize there are probably a 
huge number of tower cases out there that can't actually use IDE in all 
of their bays. SCSI looks better every time I look at it, but for cdroms 
there really isn't much choice, especially if using it as an install 
device...it's an IDE world.

D. Stimits, stimits AT comcast DOT net

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