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    Connecting Drives

    Hi guys,

    Scuse me for a sec.. Getting my nomex overalls on. Ok. This has probably been asked before or probably seem dead simple. Anyway, how would I go about connecting 5.25" drives mounted on my dashboard to an ATX pc situated elsewhere. Are there any long (X >> 5m) UDMA/IDE cables? Will they need to be shielded?

    I realise that you could use a long USB cable and a USB adaptor to hook up say a slot DVD drive but is there anyway that I could mount the drive and use it connected to UDMA/IDE on the mobo?

    Thanks
    Malaysia
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    Ok.. saw in the MP3 Store that theres an adaptor to make the slot dvd drive work on IDE.

    Still, can I find long IDE/UDMA cables?
    Malaysia
    -Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1982 with 1992 Alfa 75 2.0 Twin Spark Engine-

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    specifications for communications protocol generally include maximum cable lengths. maximum cable length for IDE, IIRC, is something on the order of 3 or 4 feet. Even if you got long enough cables, you may have trouble with the drives... they may have lots of read errors and such, and as a result go very slow, or they may just not work at all. Especially considering the electrical noise present in a car... and especially at 5m length, which is about 5 times longer than the longest IDE cables you can normally buy. If you really want to do it, go buy 5m of 40-conductor ribbon cable and two crimp-on 40-pin IDE connectors. All you have to do is put the connector in the vise, slip the cable in, and close the vise to crimp it; very easy. But like I said, it's at your own risk.

    Your best bet BY FAR is to just buy a USB-IDE adapter and run USB back to the computer, since USB cables work at much longer lengths. Not to mention, running a single USB cable to the computer is a lot easier than running one 40-conductor ribbon cable for each drive.
    But don't take it from me! here's a quote from a real, live newbie:
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    Evan,

    Thanks for the feedback mate. So does that mean that you guys who are running ATX boards out in the boot either have your drives in the boot, or use a USB lead to power the drive up front on the dashboard?
    Malaysia
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