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EIDE cable to short

By craigdexter1
Apr 11, 2008
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  1. The cable is actually long enough but since the HDD has to be at the end I can't get the DVD ROM and The HDD when there together to be put into there respective mounting spots. It there a way to move the middle plug further down the line?
    Also, One end of the cable is blue. Is that the end that goes into the HDD or does it really matter as long as the HDD is on the end.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,539   +301

    Its just simpler to buy a new cable, they are cheap.

    To answer your other questions though. Generally blue end goes to the motherboard, and the other end has 2 plugs that are closer together, meant to be for your master and slave devices. In reality it doesn't matter, but you probably don't have a drive that close to where the IDE controller on the motherboard is to actually be able to use it 'backwards'.
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Use to be, but now it doesn't matter (ie put it in the middle)

    Mind you I never liked having HardDrive on the same IDE cable with another ATA device.
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