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hey there..

first of all.. sorry for not being on for a while

does anyone know where i could get real short ide cables ??

i have this external box for my hdd and i kinda tore out the plug of the ide cable.. its about 5.9 inches long.

or could i just take a normal ide cable and cut off the longer part of it.. i dont think that'll work cuz the plug in the middle is the slave one or whatever..

hope someone can help me..

thanks in advance
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post #2 of 8
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or could i just take a normal ide cable and cut off the longer part of it.. i dont think that'll work cuz the plug in the middle is the slave one or whatever..
Im sure it can but I dont reccomend it. Generally IDE cables are still pretty long at there shortest Value...However I cant help much as I dont know of any places that ship to your location
post #3 of 8
IDE cables are cheep, give it a go! Just be sure it's a clean cut and no wires frays are present and crossing.
The simply cut rolls of cable and clip on the ends so why not
    
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Yep, just cut the long end. As long as you leave your jumper setting to whatever it was before, it will work
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post #5 of 8
Yep, you can cut the end off without harm (I have done this before)
You can also, if you are fairly dextrous, take the plastic cover off the IDE plug and place it further down the cable for an even shorter cable - its fiddly but it can be done, just make sure that as you peel the ribbon off the Plug-spikes, that the spikes remain in the plug, and not in the ribbon - then use pressure to force those lil spikes through their new position and re-attach the plug-cover.
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post #6 of 8
Shortest one I could find for sale was 8". Link is below. You could do a 2 inch fold and that would get you your 6 inches. Its for use with that company's (Tableau) forensic front panel, but it should work for a normal IDE application as well.

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post #7 of 8
I've got a 12 inch one if you'd like to try that... It's been sitting around for a while... And I've got no use for it.
If you want to try that, you can have it... I'll be happy to ship it.
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thank you all for answering.. i guess i'll just go ahead and shorten one of the cables i've got laying around here

hope it'll work.. i'll let ya know
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