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3.5 Parallel Cable Question:

by In-Correct / March 21, 2009 8:00 AM PDT

I am upgrading my BW G3 M5183 with a Parallel 3.5 ATA/IDE Hard Drive. Which type of parallel ribbon cable (they are flat and usually grey) can I use to connect the hard drive to the machine? Will any of them work?

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 21, 2009 10:55 AM PDT

why not use the cable that is already in there. this would, probably, be the 40 strand flat cable.

However, when you purchase the replacement drive, it may well come with the 80 strand cable which usually gives better reliablity.

If it does, use it, if not, buy one.

You have not said whether you are adding this drive or replacing the original


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by In-Correct / March 21, 2009 12:16 PM PDT
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I am adding a hard drive. I have the hard drive; It didn't come with a cable (it is a refurbished hard drive purchase)...If an 80 strand works better (and if it will fit), then I will try to get one I guess.

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It will fit,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 21, 2009 11:14 PM PDT
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Although it has 80 strands it only has the regular number of connectors on plug ends.

You will need one with a total of three connectors on it. This is usual.

One for the logicboard connection and one for each hard drive.

Available at any computer store or the big box places like Best Buy.


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