Can speed of IDE cables be determined?

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  1. Vanilla Tarantino

    Vanilla Tarantino OT Supporter

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    It would appear that I'm going to be one IDE cable short when I get my new computer. I have a few lying around, but I'm not sure what speed they function at. Is there a way I can determine what ATA speeds they support just by looking at them?
     
  2. Rob

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    Why yes there is. The newer cables that support ATA66 and above have twice as many wires in them as the older ones. A IDE cable that apears to have alot thinner wires will be able to support the higer speeds, and the older course cables will be slower.
     
  3. Vanilla Tarantino

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    Cool, so I have one that's at least ATA66. Is there a way to distinguish between the ATA66, 100 and 133?
     
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    It's not cable dependant. One has 40 wires, the other had 80. You can use the cables interchangably, but as Rob says, you can only take advantage of ATA66+ with 80 pin.
     
  5. Vanilla Tarantino

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    Ok, sweet. Thanks guys.
     

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