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    ATA 133 cable... different color ends? maybe dumb question...

    OK, like the title said, I am currently putting my system together on the bench... I was looking at my IDE cable... ATA133... and there are different colored plugs on the cable. I can only assume that one is specifically meant to be plugged into the boards IDE sockets and then the other two go to the HDD and DVD ROM drive... but... which goes where? Does it matter? I have searched around Yahoo and Google and found nothing specific. I have also refered to my mainboard manual but it didn't say anything other than the first HDD should be plugged into the first IDE socket. Anyone care to help me out? Thanks in advance.

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    Doesnt matter, but the single coloured one is meant to be plugged into the motherboard. You'll find the 2 males meant for the HD's/CD drives are closer together.
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    Ok, take your cable and fold it in half, now one of the sides you folded will have 2 plugs on it, and one side wont. The plug by itself goes into the motherboard. The other two plug into your drives. Now, to run 2 drives you have to set them to either master or slave. The master drive gets put on the plug on the end, and the slave drive gets put on the plug towards the inside.
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    OK, so the cable that came with my M10000 has a blue connector at one end, gray in the middle, and black at the other end. The gray and black are closer together. Now, I purchased a longer, more flexible cable (round cable) that has the same configuration... blue at one end, gray in the middle, and black at the other end. In both cases, the black and gray are closer to each other... so is it safe to assume the blue goes to the board? Other than that, I know about master and slave jumpers so no problem... just hadn't ever realized cables with different color connectors. Thanks for the replies guys! TTYL!

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    Specs dictate blue goes to motherboard.

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    If you're going to use colored cables, set both your drives to CS (cable select) instead of master and slave. This way the cable will select master and slave for you (that's what the colors mean).

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