Yes, this is a how to, I hope you guys like it, and please rep. I had several IDE cables that came with my motherboard, and I was extremely board. So here it is, the way I show, its sleeved and heat shrunk, but if you really wanted to, you could heat shrink the whole thing.
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Pictures and explanation:
So here we have a IDE cable
Take a razor blade or modeling knife, and make a tiny slit in between each wire, one at a time, and basically put it away slowly and carefully, like this:
You may be thinking, no way, this is going to be messy...
Yep... it... is...
Pull it tight, and get out any tangles:
The grab it like this:
And zip tie it about 7-9 inches apart from each other;
I don't know what size sleeving this is, maybe 1/4 or 3/8:
Measure, cut and melt the fray with a lighter, please melt the end a little, or you will end up with a mess!
Then twist and bend the end of the cable like this,
And slide your sleeving on:
Next, I will use two different measurements of heat shrink that I got with my PC wire sleeving kit,
Cut to these lengths:
For the smaller heat shrink, cut 1 inch eat, and for the larger about 1 and a 1/2 inches.
Do the same thing:
Slide all the heat shrink on:
Heres how it will sorta look:
Reason I did this, I was sorta board, and I was looking at the round IDE cable I got, I didn't really like it because I will almost never have a IDE slave at all even maybe have a IDE device, so I wanted to make nice clean looking one, that isn't a slave.
Nasty slave, compared to my slave less:
Cable end comparison:
See the difference, my home made one looks nicer, cleaner, cheaper!!!
Round IDE cables can cost a lot, 8$ local, maybe. 15$ Shipped and + online.