Which IDE Cable is for me?

For Christmas I received a new Dell Inspiron Desktop with Vista Home Basic. I took off the cover to my computer to add my old DVD burner to it; I unfortunately found no IDE cables inside my computer. There are only ATA cables in there (from what I understand.) There is, however, a slot on the mother board for and IDE cable. I am looking into purchasing an IDE cable to connect the DVD burner to my mother board. I have no idea what kind I should get. I know there are many kinds of IDE flat ribbon cables out there, I just need to know the kind to get. I was looking at cablestogo.com and I found this one:
http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=906&sku=02742

Would that be ok? I am also wondering if any big named retailers would carry them so I wouldn’t have to order it online.

Hi wrolyat and welcome to cdfreaks,

No IDE cable huh? You have all SATA (serial ATA) interface devices. The IDE connections are also called PATA (parallel ATA)…just to add to the confusion…:wink:
You actually should buy an 80 wire (also called conductor)/40 pin cable as opposed to a 40 wire/40 pin cable.
It sells for $9.99 at the same site you linked:
http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=906&sku=50052

Yup, you can get 'em anywhere…BestBuy, Circuit City, Wallyworld, etc.

Yo-

Well maineman answered whilst I was out lookin’ for the right cable at Newegg - so take a look at this one too:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812105909

And like was said - you want an [B]80[/B] wire - [B]40[/B] pin cable to get the correct hookup-eh!!

I use round 80 wire IDE cables but that’s just me. Some people don’t have good luck with them.

Yeah, the round 80 wire cables are more prone to crosstalk unless they are very well shielded.

[QUOTE=Kerry56;1968763]Yeah, the round 80 wire cables are more prone to crosstalk unless they are very well shielded.[/QUOTE]yeah Kerry the ones i have work just as good as a flat one. UDMA is always good as with a flat one etc…no problems.

get these

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10227&cs_id=1022704&p_id=1288&seq=1&format=1#largeimage

well shielded :iagree: & cheap

one clarification: is this 40 wire or 80wire ?

pls clarify

Hi,QUOTE=wrolyat;1968714I just need to know the kind to get. I was looking at cablestogo.com and I found this one:
http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=906&sku=02742

Would that be ok?[/quote]This looks like a 40 wired cable, often bundled with some DVD writers. Since many modern drives are configured as UDMA4 (aka UDMA-66), you should get an 80wired cable like this: http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=906&sku=50051. 18" is within the specs, longer cables are not.

Michael

Thanks everyone for your help and the quick replies!

[QUOTE=achemen;1968811]get these
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10227&cs_id=1022704&p_id=1288&seq=1&format=1#largeimage
well shielded :iagree: & cheap[/quote]totally out of specs :rolleyes:
“Shield” is poor also. The single cable ends at the connector don’t look as if they can be trusted.

one clarification: is this 40 wire or 80wire ?
Should be 80 wired.

I’d prefer a plain standard (18"/46cm) IDE flat ribbon cable (80 wired). Works, and is really cheap (1 € {=1.47 USD} +shipping) :bigsmile:

Michael