I assume you are referring to the IDE (data) cable. This is not meant to be longer than 2 maybe 3 feet. Signal integrity gets bad any longer than that. I recommend using an external 5.25" USB2.0 enclosure (~$40), that is what I am using and it works great. Keep in mind the external enclosure is AC powered so you'll have to find a way supply power. I removed the AC power supply and made a custum DC-DC power supply for mine, let me know if you want to take this route and I can explain in further detail.