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Anyone made flat IDE cables round themselves? ANSWER ME!!!

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Michael_Myers

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May 15, 2001
I was all set and ready to plop down $40 to buy two IDE cables (rounded) from plycon.com but decided I'd ask here if there was anyone who had taken flat IDE cables, and somehow made them rounded?

Perhaps some kind sould could save me $40.....and on a more drastic scale, my marriage. :) :) :)
 

samuknow

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YES, I basically used my fingernails to split the cables every 5th wire. I then used auto wire loom to cover them with. You can use colored electrical tape too. I'll include a pic........It is very easy to do. I understand about the marrige thing. Hope this helps.....LOL :)
 
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Darkraist

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Um 1) Yelling just makes ppl mad
2) they arnt that hard to make yourself, I made my own round ATA100 cables and I really wasnt that hard I took an exacto knife and made a small cut then pulled the wires apart in groups of 2 or 3 and wrapped them all tightly with electrical tape. It took awhile but I was happy with the finished result.
 

Owenator

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I used a sharp finger nail at first and pinched between every fourth wire on the 80 conductor cables. Eventually I went to an exacto knife, BUT BE CAREFUL!!! I then used small zip ties every so often.

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jack (Jul 20, 2001 12:45 p.m.):
I was all set and ready to plop down $40 to buy two IDE cables (rounded) from plycon.com but decided I'd ask here if there was anyone who had taken flat IDE cables, and somehow made them rounded?

Perhaps some kind sould could save me $40.....and on a more drastic scale, my marriage. :) :) :)
 

phantom punisher

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I WILL GIVE YOU AN ANSWER:) although i never heard of a problem from cutting the wires like these guys did, i just simply folded mine in a "w" and ziptied. its not quite as nice but less scary
 

outhouse

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I did this post a month or two ago and it ends up the majority of folks cut and stacked there floppy cable as well as the CD or DVD cables but when it come to the hard drive cable folding is the conservative way if you dont want to risk anything, I tried cutting and stacking mine and i ran into a few problems but most of mine were because i tried taking off the second hard drive connector to shorten the cable so now needless to say i have a folded one for my hard drive. remember to ziptie or loom the rest of your wires in your case for better airflow. If your curious about diferent directions theres a article at www.hardocp.com
 

cjtune

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Dec 18, 2000
You can still round the cables without any cutting. Just forcibly fold the flat cables so that it is round and maintain that by using many zip ties along the length of IDE cable. Easy, no? Granted the cross-section will be larger a bit than the purposefully cut rounded IDE cables.
 
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Michael_Myers

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May 15, 2001
Thanks guys, Turns out I had an old IDE cable so,.....I tried folding, and then folding again. Worked great. Electrical tape is holding it together, and Im' still here..........

In other words, I plugged it in, and it works great. Nice. Saved $40. Thanks. :)
 

Gabertooth

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Jack,

Don't be so abrasive man! Just chill, there are people here that help everyone, they are selfless and very dedicated to a noble cause, so don't be pushy.

-Gabertooth
 

Mad_Heckler

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outhouse (Jul 21, 2001 12:08 a.m.):
I did this post a month or two ago and it ends up the majority of folks cut and stacked there floppy cable as well as the CD or DVD cables but when it come to the hard drive cable folding is the conservative way if you dont want to risk anything, I tried cutting and stacking mine and i ran into a few problems but most of mine were because i tried taking off the second hard drive connector to shorten the cable so now needless to say i have a folded one for my hard drive. remember to ziptie or loom the rest of your wires in your case for better airflow. If your curious about diferent directions theres a article at www.hardocp.com

A little belated thank for the W idea, I read your post and did it the next day. Worked great, Thanks