IDE Channel

I have assembled a PC and I get the following error message when I turn on the PC:
"Primary IDE Channel no 80 conductor cable installed". What does it mean and how can I fix it?
behrouz1Asked:
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LucFConnect With a Mentor EMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi behrouz1,

Pretty easy in fact, just open up the case, and replace the IDE cable (which you will find having only 40 wires) with one that has 80 wires.

Greetings,

LucF
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CallandorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It means you should replace the 40-pin standard IDE cable attached to your drive with a high-density 80-pin cable so that it can operate at the maximum speed.  These usually have color-coded connectors (blue and black), as opposed to gray.
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Just to explain a little better, to be able to use ATA100/133 speeds a 80 wire cable is needed (the normal 40 IDE wires and 40 other wires in between, just meant for shielding) You can get a new IDE cable in every computershop for less than $6
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ChrisSchumannConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You should indeed replace that cable. However, you don't strictly NEED to do it. Your system should work just fine with reduced performance until you replace that cable.
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behrouz1Author Commented:
Thank you all for your comments. I already had that 80-pin cable. I had attached my HDD to the middle connection (Slave) of the cable by mistake instead of the end (Master) of it . When I changed it, the error message was gone also.
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ChrisSchumannCommented:
As you found out, drive position is really important. When you attach to the middle connector, the rest of the cable acts like a mirror. It bounces signals back along the wires. That's a lot of noise to deal with, so apparently the system decides to just operate in the old slow mode.

Does your drive perform better now?
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behrouz1Author Commented:
Dear ChrisSchumann:
Yes, It performs better now.

Thanks
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