IDE Cables - Round or Flat are they all CRAP!!??

Posted on 2006-05-25
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Last Modified: 2016-06-27
I'm really tired of the IDE cable situation.  First when the flat 80 wire IDE's came out Western Digital told me I was a "heavy user" and plug and unplug my drives so often that "of course" you wear them out.

Well years later, after dozens of flat 80, round ide and sata and all...something is wrong hee.  I conastantly have drives dissapear and a new cable solves it.

WHO makes the best cables - that has to be the only was we have to fight this situation.
Question by:jamroc2000
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I doubt cables are the real source of your problem.  I, and thousands, if not millions of others, are probably using the same cables for years without problems.  If replacing the cable always cures the problem and you are not unplugging and plugging them in, look for other reasons in the OS as to why drives disappear.  If you are unplugging and plugging them often, look for a drive tray solution which is designed for this kind of use.
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The cables and connectors for IDE are not made for continous unplug/plug cycles, vast majority of people install IDE devices then forget them so no need for connectors and cables that can withstand continued connection disconnection.

Can you use the USB to IDE adaptors that are available to stop the need to keep plugging unplugging IDE cable.

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I would recommend shielded round ones.  A) they allow better air flow and B) depending on your PC and what you have in it, cheap cables can produce inconsistent results.  Get ones that are heavily shielded.
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jhance earned 375 total points
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Get some cables with the "pull tabs" on them.  These are usually flat loops of tough plastic film that lets you pull on the tab instead of the wires to remove the cables.  This will prevent you from putting strain on the wires which are actually quite fragile.

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