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using ide cables backward

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by plschwartz, Apr 7, 2004.

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  1. plschwartz

    plschwartz Thread Starter

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    I have a removable HDD in the 5.25 bay and cannot reach it from my 3.5 bay with an IDE cable.
    Is there a good reason not to reverse IDE cables so the short run is between the board and a hdd with the long run to to removable hdd?
     
  2. ~Candy~

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    I don't think it will work that way :confused:

    I have a system open, guess I could test that theory........
     
  3. gotrootdude

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    It would work fine, but you may have to go into the bios and make sure the boot drive is set correctly afterwards...
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    Interesting gotroot, now I will have to test it :D
     
  5. rmay635703

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    Whether it will work or not depends on ONE thing

    Is this a normal 40 wire ide cable or a hi speed 80 wire cable?

    If its the former it will work, the latter will not as the last pin/wire is cut.

    I have done just what your planning on several occasions

    Good Luck
     
  6. plschwartz

    plschwartz Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys.
    Tho I will await the empirical approach by candy if rmay is correct there goes the easy answer.(it is 80 wire cable)
    I am planning to use the removable HDD to transfer large photoshop files between two houses
    Maybe the easiest way to to buy a usb2 portable drive case.
     
  7. JohnWill

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    You can probably do it with an 80 pin cable, but you'll have to jumper the drives as master/slave, and not use Cable Select. FWIW, I just went on the web and purchased a few longer 80 conductor IDE cables when faced with a similar issue. I keep a couple about for large towers where normal cables won't reach.
     
  8. ~Candy~

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    pls, I haven't had time for the experiment, had a client yesterday with press yahoo problems :eek: In my opinion that's not a problem but for him it was :D

    I'd go along with the folks who have tried it. If you try it and it works, great, if it doesn't, nothing will blow up ;)
     
  9. Rockn

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    You can also get custom cables made if you want to do it right.
     
  10. JohnWill

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    You mean like the longer ones I mentioned earlier? :)
     
  11. pronute

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    Or you can get a 3.5 to 5.25 bay converter for the hard drive and move the hard drive to an empty 5.25 bay.
     
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