Cables too long?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Dr. Kramer, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. Dr. Kramer

    Dr. Kramer Who's Yo' Doctor?

    Ok, so I just bought some round IDE cables without really researching the whole 'length' thing...So ended up buying 2 36" dual silver lined round IDE cables online.

    Now after reading on the net about how anything over 18" can cause corruption...should i just ebay them and re-buy some shorter ones? (but the silver are OOS, only copper are left :cry:

    thanks for any info

  2. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    Make a Junk partition on your data drive and run burn in tests on it for data transfer.
    If there is no file corruption after an hour of torture it's probably safe.

    On the other hand round IDE cables are only $7-8. Just order some shorter ones to be safe.
  3. Maveric169

    Maveric169 The Voices Talk to Me

    Elkhart, IN
    I might be wrong about this, but I have NEVER had a problem with corruption WRT cable lengths. Even with a 72" 4 connector IDE (BTW, don't bother with 4 connector cables, just gives the system fits as it can only handle 2 channels). I would just do what LeeJend suggests and give it a try. If you worried about, just go pick up some new ones. Speaking of which, I need to buy a new IDE, I think my has a bad wire in it........
  4. Dr. Kramer

    Dr. Kramer Who's Yo' Doctor?

    LeeJend, how bouts would I run burn tests? Sandra? and how do i tell if there is / has been corruption?

    BTW, I'm running this on a new 160gb seagate..., so this ought to be fun!


    what does WRT stand for??
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2005
  5. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

    Red Sox Nation
    WRT: With Regards To

    WRT cable lengths... The IDE specs stipulates a max of 18" FLAT cable. So a round cable is out of spec anyway. That said, I have an 18" and a 24" with no problems running UDMA6. Most people don't have problems with 24", but I have heard alot of data corruption or transfer mode slowdown due to 36" cables.
  6. Dr. Kramer

    Dr. Kramer Who's Yo' Doctor?


    So anyone interested in buying some silver shielded 36" IDE cables?? :)