IDE Cables - all the same?

  sam1981 09:57 16 Sep 03

The slave connector on my IDE cable came out and got stuck in the IDE port on my new DVD writer (aarrgghh!!). So after spending ages fishing the connector out of there, I'll need to get a new IDE cable.

Are they all bog standard cables or is there a specific one I should get? The cable will be connecting my DVD reader as the master and the DVD writer as the slave.


  DieSse 10:06 16 Sep 03

No they're not all the same.

There's 80 wire cables and 40wire cables. Most cables these days are 80 wire, and should work OK - BUT I have met a few optical drives that seem to object.

So just get one the same as the one you've taken out (count the wires, not the pins - they're all the same!) - it'll be obvious.

  MAJ 10:07 16 Sep 03

They're not ALL the same, sam1981, but for your needs a bog standard 40-pin cable will do (£couple).

  tenaka 10:11 16 Sep 03

I'd have said more likely need 80-pin if he's got a decent DVD writer.

  sam1981 10:11 16 Sep 03

OK, thanks for the prompt responses and info. I'll sort something out today.

  The Sack 12:41 16 Sep 03

not if it is only UDMA 33.

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