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    Extending IDE cables?

    I was planning on putting my mobo far away from where I want the CD-ROM drive. So my question was, has anyone or does anyone know how to extend an IDE cable about 6-10 feet? or would the delay be outrageous?
    Just brainstorming, thanks for anything you can come up with.

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    type extending ide cables in the search box
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    From what I've read, few people have had success success jusing such a long IDE cable, but IDE was never intended to be used over 18" (I think). Just do a search and you will see what people have done to achieve this. I think you would be better off just using a IDE -> USB converter and using that to connect your drive to your motherboard.
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    I personally think Quattro-A4 is exactly right.
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    I haven't answered this question (this week) so i can help.

    Basically your milage will varrey.

    Get 80 conductor
    2 connector (not 3, so you will only be able to connect 1 IDE drive to this cable)
    Make sure you have sufficiant power to the device (i had power issues with my setup, i guess i need to upgrade to the opus 150w if i want the fan controller and 12" UV cold cathode)

    http://www.stonewallcable.com/produc...++++++++++++++ is the url

    They are pretty expensive but prompt and you don't have to do it your self.

    My extended IDE cable is 72" or 6 feet. I could shorten it to about 4.5-5 though if i needed to.

    Don't even think about running a hard disk on it (although some have) only CD/DVD drives.

    If you have trouble make sure you are getting sufficiant power and that all of the cables are tightly seated. CHange the bios settings to a slower transfer rate if you must for troubleshooting.

    Some people created their own cable 15' with Cat5 cable. Their doesn't appear to be any lag. It takes my drive about 5 seconds to recognize the CD, load the track info and start playing.

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    I have had some problems with my IDE --> USB convertors. But in retrospect I could have been experiencing the power problem that i was having. I should test that out to see if the USB converter still works
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    You can get the usb converter for a cheaper price than the IDE cables. If I were you I would go with the converter.
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    Depending on how many feet. Mine was about equal. If I had to do it all over again i would say SCREW USB and go firewire. Firewire is much more suitable for streaming than USB 2. The 480 mb per second is bursts and is unsustainable while the firewire offers sustainable rates near USB 2. Also you will probably have many many more USB devices than firewire utilizing your USB bandwidth.

    So either go extended IDE or get a firewire bridge.
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    Have to agree with you on the firewire, it probably woud be the best solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro-A4
    Have to agree with you on the firewire, it probably woud be the best solution.
    Athough the extended IDE cable will work. If power is a concern then you don't want another power hungry mouth to feed (USB or FireWire to IDE converters need power) then IDE is the way to go. I can vouch for 6 feet of IDE and others can vouch for 15' +.

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