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Making round IDE cables for airflow.

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Ok. So, the airflow in my pc isn't great. It doesn't help the fact that my primary hard drive, located near the top of my pc has almost no air coming to it due to the wide ide cables. So, long story short, I have no money, and I need to improve airflow. The solution = make the wide IDE cables round.

Starting off, the inside of my case...Looks like this.


So, after doing a little research, I found that you could tear the IDE cables apart to make them more manageable.

So, I started out with a thin knife. However, after making 2 cuts that exposed tiny copper, I decided to find something better. Neither of the cuts exposed more than one copper cable, and they weren't near eachother, so it was easily fixed.

The next tool? A small tack. Which worked so well I used it for the rest of the procedure.

I separated and tore the IDE cable after every 5 wires.


Which worked out great. It was fairly time consuming, but worth it if you have nothing better to do, and good music.

Next we have our beautiful mess.


And we clean it up. I used cable ties, but I imagine you could use electrical tape to bind them very nicely.


And the final result-


Still the not best job, but it saves me some room, and is much easier to deal with, all at the expense of some time, and cable ties.
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Doesn't that cause interferance on the IDE channels?
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There's already a guide to doing this on this forum, but nice pics.
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Doesn't that cause interferance on the IDE channels?
My initial thought is that it doesn't, since looking at my round IDE cables they have no extra shielding on the wires themselves that I can see.
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My initial thought is that it doesn't, since looking at my round IDE cables they have no extra shielding on the wires themselves that I can see.
Oh right. When IDE was first brought in there was a problem with interference so they put a dummy wire in between each real wire which made IDE a lot bigger than it needs to be.
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Nice work
Other possible options are folding them for better routing and if possible, running them under the MB.
Any time any wires ae routed under the MB precautions to protect them from the MB circuits require shielding. I prefer cutting sheat plastic from pop bottles.
    
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for best results i twisted the wires then wrapped them tightly in electrical tape.
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Nice work
Other possible options are folding them for better routing and if possible, running them under the MB.
Any time any wires ae routed under the MB precautions to protect them from the MB circuits require shielding. I prefer cutting sheat plastic from pop bottles.
Right on, but I have no space behind my mobo. So, my next plan is to cut away a space that I have next to the side of the case and create basically a tunnel to lock them in place, then I'll cut off a portion of the top and stick a fan up on top and direct air down through it.

Thanx for the positive comments guys!
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