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Too cheap to buy a big breadboard? or just want a small one to test components? (LEDS, CAPS, etc)

Rummage all those old computer cases and new motherboard boxes and rip out all the IDE cables. Considering they are mostly useless now this is a great way to make use of them.

I can't take credit for this, I found it on instructables.

There are many ways to do this, one way is to simply arrange a number of clips on a cable, 3-4 and cut the cable. Then glue the components (sets of clips) together.
I suggest this method as the method I used has the same effect, only reason I didn't do this was I destroyed most of clips by filing down the ends and throwing away the cable holders before I realized it was possible.

For the parallel clips (pos and neg), just run some wire down the center and solder up.

There are from what I can gather 2 types of IDE cables/clips each. I had a new gigabyte cable which seems to have 2 or 3 times the amount of wires contained within the cable as the old ones I pulled out of my old 486. Keep in mind there are also about 20 different sizes. A: drive, Crive, paralell port, etc. you can get 4 pin, 6pin, 8pin, up to about 32.

This was also a problem for me as I didn't realize I was dealing with so many varying sized clips when I started gluing them together. So keep this in mind, and clip the new together in groups and clip the old in groups.
As clipping together won't work. The new style cable wires are too thin to fit in the old style clips, and the old style cables are too thick to fit in the new style clips.

First, pull apart all your IDE clips from the cables, BUT be sure to not break the clip as you do this. If you do just try to keep the bits and we can glue them later.


Here is the part I did not do, re-attach clips to cables either 2 or 3 up against each other, then slice the cables on either side. Otherwise you can do what I did, and throw all the clip connectors away (the bit that clips onto the other side of the cable) and start gluing all your clips together.


Finished gluing together now I can start wiring it all up (the tedious part).


As you can see from the image below the blue and grey connectors have smaller and more frequent scissor metal clips than the black ones. I decided to use these as my positive and negative anyway. So I just crushed the clips together and soldered. As for the black I decided I could run right across each with a wire. The wire is the same wire used for the IDE cable, I just peeled off strands. It looks doubled only because the metal clips are off a bit and you can't run straight line through. So instead opting to run through every second one then double back to get the ones we missed.


Once finished, trim all the wire ends back and then glue everything on the back, for insulation and stop the wires from falling out. This is what mine looks like... It's exposed and looks terrible. You can do a better job keeping the backs of the cable clips and using the






Edited by gcampton - 4/23/11 at 1:58am
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 850 Pro 1TB Seagate 2TB H105 EVGA Hybrid GPU cooler 
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CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Bitfelix Prodigy Logitech G400 Razer Goliath AKG A701 
AudioAudio
JDS Labs Objective 2 JDS Labs ODAC 
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Core i5 750 3.99 (190x21) 1.376v Load ASUS P7P55d-E Pro GTX 670 FTW <- Poor overclocker :( 8GB (4x2GB) G.Skill DDR3 1600 
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