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    total length of the IDE cable will be 24" probably...i want to make sure i can't fit the 18" in there first. I know 18" is the reccommended limit but i might have to chance it....i'll definetly give it a try before making any final dash fabrication for the dvd writer though.

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    why not run an external case for the drive?
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    i may have to...i would really like to incorporate it into my dash fabrication, but it WOULD be a lot easier to move around in an external case.....i guess we'll see if i can use the 18", then make a decision...

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    why couldn't you incorporate the drive in an external enclosure into your dash fabrication?

    (http://www.mj-garage.com/cpg/thumbnails.php?album=15)

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    i am planning on incorporating it into my dash fabrication, but if the IDE cable won't work at a 24" length i'll have to put it somewhere else.

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    so why not a case again?
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    sorry i'm a little confused...do you mean an external case for the drive? the onle drive cases i found to use with the drive were big...like adapters to use in a full size desktop bay. are there small ones that would help with the dash fabrication? i've started on a plexiglass case for the fabrication, but if i can buy a decent pre-made case for it i just might do that.

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    http://www.meritline.com/self-powere...enclosure.html

    there are cases like that available all over the place.

    I'd just stay away from the ones that say they are self powered, USB does not carry enough power to power an optical drive. It needs to have a separate plug for power.
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    sry it just occured to me that you were asking about the case because of the more reliable data transfer via USB for longer cables. i'm just going to wait for now to see if i can manage with the regular IDE or a 24" one. if not, then i'll decide whether to mount the drive somewhere else or switch to usb.

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    The main reason is that it makes the whole thing much more reliable.

    The adapter to go from Slim IDE to full size IDE is not very sturdy, using the external case in this instance means the cables coming undine or the adapter coming undone is virtually non-existant. But, as you said, try it your way, this is just an option if it proves to not work the way you want.
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