Fit 5¼ bay into internal 3¼ bay?

February 2, 2010 at 11:50:57
Specs: Windows 7, 2.9Ghz Athlon X2 / 2.0GB
Does such a product exist?

Alright, in my computer case right now I have
4 hard drives, I have 3 in the internal 3.25"
bays, and one mounted with brackets in my
5.25" external bay, 2 of my drives are SATA
and the other 2 are IDE, I'd like to move the
drive in the 5.25" bay into the internal 3.25"
bays with the rest, the problem is the IDE
cable for the drive on the 3.25" isn't long
enough to go to both drives in that bay, and it's
currently slaved under my optical drive, is
there a such thing a a Y shaped IDE cable
that I could use or an IDE extension cable? I've
never personally seen one and can't seem to
find much info.

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February 2, 2010 at 12:48:02
They make IDE cables in all sorts of lengths but I have never seen an extension or a wye.

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February 2, 2010 at 13:18:03
You can also buy the flat cable and the connectors and make your own cable, that matches your needs.

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February 2, 2010 at 14:45:41
The length of an IDE cable is crtital, 18 inches is the maximum if my memory serves me right. Most IDE cables are already close to that length to begin with. Even more critical with an 80 way cable where the data moves a lot faster. You are going to find it very difficult to connect an 80 way cable to a 40 way connector yourself.

It was the problems associated with transmitting high speed data along parallel cables that led to the introduction of a serial interface which, on the face of it, should be slower but is in fact faster becasue there are no restriction on the data transfer rate.


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February 2, 2010 at 16:07:04

While I am aware of the standards I have successfully used 36" round shielded cables for years. have a couple in service now.

Round cables are made in 18", 24", 36". Not all round cables are shielded. You should use shielded.

Not all longer cables have the same spacing between the connectors. Typical for a 36" is 34"" & 12".

You may be able to get by with a 24" round shielded cable. Google for them or use the links I am providing to look for shorter 24" cables.

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