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Thread: IDE Cable Length Question.

  1. #1
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    Oct 2000
    Melbourne, Australia

    Wink IDE Cable Length Question.

    Just wondering how long you guys have been able to get your IDE cables without getting any data corrruption.
    I wanted to put a CD Rom up front in my dash, but Ive heard that you cant have IDE cables over 2 ft long without problems. Maybe better sheilding is needed, who knows?
    Just thought Id ask before I waste my time and money

    Has anyone managed to put the CD Rom into their dash? A slot loaded Pioneer drive or similar woud be a great addition to my 4 gig HDD and alot easier to transfer data with.

    Thanks in advance,


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    Aug 2001


    Do a quick search in here and you should come up with heaps, its been a hot topic in the past. But just a few quick ideas that were thrown around, some better than others, use and cat5 or similar cable to extend each wire, get a serial convertor change the IDE to serial the back again at the other end, like I said some better than others, AND make sure that you do your research on the type of player you intend to sit in the dash, try for one that is "draw-less", again a quick search should field some good results on that one to.
    hope that helped
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    I am planning on creating a cable soon. I believe it will work. Like Bob Marley said...Only Time Will Tell
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    Maximum Bitrate gizmomkr's Avatar
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    I had the same desire - for my dvd drive.

    I used SCSI, bought a scsi card & SCSI dvd drive. SCSI can run mutch further than IDE.
    Im not sure of the exact max distance, but my stuff works fine w/ 15 feet of cable.

    the other option would be firewire. I have never used it on a dvd drive, but all the tech specs say it would work.

    get a firewire to ide board, and pop a firewire card in the pc. check out these guys sell both firewire and SCSI boards, converts, extenders etc....
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    Oct 2001



    I used to have my DVD drive mounted in where mu HU used to be. I wen to my local Elec. store (You Do It Electronics, in Needham MA) and Bought 50' of 40pin cabling same stuff ide cables are made of and I bought 2 40 pin connectors 2 and they worked great. I didnt have a problem at all and the end reesult was like 20' long.


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    Maximum Bitrate Skippman's Avatar
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    St. Louis, MO


    The big thing to consider is where your running the cable. Avoid power runs at all costs. Like running RCA leads for amps, as soon as you cross power you will get 60hz interferance. You can get shielded and braided 40 pin ribbions for such a project but the expense could add up if your not careful.

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    Retired Admin Aaron Cake's Avatar
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    Originally posted by Skippman:
    <STRONG>Like running RCA leads for amps, as soon as you cross power you will get 60hz interferance.</STRONG>
    Unless you have an inverter in the car, you will not get 60Hz interference by crossing wires that carry 12VDC. These wires are carrying DC current, which, because it is DC, does not cause interference.
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