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    How do I attach (2) ide cables together?

    The reason I want to do this is not to get a longer ide cable,but to have an accessible split in the cable. I have an internal dvd drive that I am going to mount externally from my computer. I want to be able to remove the computer from my car, leaving the dvd drive in the car, and because of my installation, I will not have easy access to either the back of the drive, or the mobo on the computer.

    I bought a 40 pin straight through connector thinking I had found the solution. But that didn't work, and after scratching my head for awhile, I realized why ide cables always have that red stripe down the one side - the wires flip-flop top to bottom. Duh.

    So I am thinking there must be a connector that compensates for this, but my internet searching has not found one.

    While I wait for the wisdom of this forum to guide me, I'm going to try and figure out if using 3 cables, and 2 of the straight through adaptors will flip the wiring twice, therefore netting me the result I need.
    Car: 2003 Nissan 350Z
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    While I wait for the wisdom of this forum to guide me, I'm going to try and figure out if using 3 cables, and 2 of the straight through adaptors will flip the wiring twice, therefore netting me the result I need.
    Following thorugh in my head says it should.

    1 becomes 2 or 39 at the first adapter (depending on how it's oriented, red line to red line=2, red line to other side=39), and is reversed at the second(if both are oriented the same way).

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    Thanks Tom.

    I cheated, and stretched out 3 cables, and with the help of a marks-alot, came to the same conclusion that it should work.

    I'd much rather just use 2 cables, as I only need about 24", and I am concerned about getting much longer then that.
    Car: 2003 Nissan 350Z
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    Then make your own cable for one of them, and have be about 3" long.

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    You could buy one of those cheap plasic removable hard drive bays and only use the connector. They are already wired up to connect an IDE cable on either end and you also get power through the same connector.

    Its metal and therefore much more durable. Those plastic connectors for ide cables are not durable enough for constant use. You could fasten a tab to it so you dont have to pull the cable to remove it, but then there is always bending pins.

    If you never saw one before, it looks like the parrallel port connection on the back of your printer, only bigger. It might be the same size as a SCSI cable, but im not sure.

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    thanks for the idea Michael! I am going to the computer store this morning, and will look for what you have described.

    So this cable will also carry the power to the drive? That would be great, since I could take back the (2) power cable extensions I bought.
    Car: 2003 Nissan 350Z
    Installed: Epia M9000, Casetronics 2699R Case, Crucial 256mb DDR, Maxtor 60gb 3.5" HD, Toshiba Slim DVD, Pioneer 3.5" Slot DVD, Gyration RF Keyboard/Mouse, Deluo GPS Receiver, Windows XP Pro, D-Link 2.4ghz usb wireless adaptor.
    Pending: 6.4" LG Phillips VGA Touchscreen, some type of alternate/additional power supply, Audio Connection

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    Not sure now if it will work for power, since I think ide only carrys 5v power, and the drive I am using requires 12v power also.

    This is the drive I am using

    But I still may buy the bay just for the connector.
    Car: 2003 Nissan 350Z
    Installed: Epia M9000, Casetronics 2699R Case, Crucial 256mb DDR, Maxtor 60gb 3.5" HD, Toshiba Slim DVD, Pioneer 3.5" Slot DVD, Gyration RF Keyboard/Mouse, Deluo GPS Receiver, Windows XP Pro, D-Link 2.4ghz usb wireless adaptor.
    Pending: 6.4" LG Phillips VGA Touchscreen, some type of alternate/additional power supply, Audio Connection

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    Update:

    I checked out the hard drive bays, but decided against buying one. For one thing, the least expensive one they had was $25. secondly, the connector that comes with them goes from male to female, keeping the wires in a straight-through configuration. If I was to attach an ide cable to each end (using a male/male adaptor on one end), the wires would flip-flop again, and I'd be in same boat.

    So I bought the attached connector for $10, and it did the trick.




    It has 2 male connectors, and a female connector. I'm not using the female connector.
    Car: 2003 Nissan 350Z
    Installed: Epia M9000, Casetronics 2699R Case, Crucial 256mb DDR, Maxtor 60gb 3.5" HD, Toshiba Slim DVD, Pioneer 3.5" Slot DVD, Gyration RF Keyboard/Mouse, Deluo GPS Receiver, Windows XP Pro, D-Link 2.4ghz usb wireless adaptor.
    Pending: 6.4" LG Phillips VGA Touchscreen, some type of alternate/additional power supply, Audio Connection

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    I found mine for 9$ at a computer auction. On mine the computer side connector has a male (with respect to the pins) ide and a molex (for power). The hard drive has the same. The hard drive side has a small 3 inch ide cable cable connected to it, but that can be removed and an another cable attached. When I get back up to school ill take a picture.

    mike
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    This springs to mind:

    Get about a foot of single-core wire and strip the rubber off.

    Cut it into 6 or 7mm segments

    Superglue one into each hole on the IDE cable thus turning the holes into pins

    put glue on the other cable and plug em in

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