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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 6:24 pm 
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I purchased an Antec Minuet case recently. It is really small. Does anyone know where I can purchase short IDE and floppy drive ribbon cables (rounded or flat)?

They would need to be in the 4" to 6" range. Anything else is just too long.

Hre are a couple of pics of the case (from a Tom's review here). In the second post, you're looking at the case from the left side (ie. the front of the case is on the rhs of the picture). The bracket that runs across the rhs hold both the dvd and floppy drive sitting normally, but the hd sets undearneath these two drives oriented perpendiculiarly to the case. There might be a half inch between the bottom of the bracket and the case.

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edit: added pictures and a better explaination. I was in a rush the first time around.


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i seen somewhere before where u can buy the parts to make ur own, or if ur only connecting 1 device, u can buy some longer 1s and cut 1 of the ends off. i did that with my floppy cable.


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I'm not going to be much help in locating 4-6" cables, but what I've done in my case is fold flat cable on top of itself and hold it that way with a twisty tie. You can shorten the length significantly and everything stays tidy inside.


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i dont know if they sell them that short unless you were to have someone custom make them for you
shortest cables i found were 10"
i agree the best bet is to fold the cables


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 8:47 pm 
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Gadget wrote:
I purchased an Antec Minuet case recently. It is really small. Does anyone know where I can purchase short IDE and floppy drive ribbon cables (rounded or flat)?

They would need to be in the 4" to 6" range. Anything else is just too long.



shortest newegg has are 10", I'm to to have to 3rd (or 4th whatever) the fold flat cable idea.


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XHAOS wrote:
i seen somewhere before where u can buy the parts to make ur own, or if ur only connecting 1 device, u can buy some longer 1s and cut 1 of the ends off. i did that with my floppy cable.


I was considering chopping the end off the hd ribbon cable. That one needs to do a quite a bend and twist though and I was worried that I would cut it to only find out that it didn't quite reach.


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One4yu2c wrote:
I'm not going to be much help in locating 4-6" cables, but what I've done in my case is fold flat cable on top of itself and hold it that way with a twisty tie. You can shorten the length significantly and everything stays tidy inside.


That is what I tried initially and it didn't work so well. I ended up with two ugly, twisted, folded ribbon cables attached to the dvd and floppy. The hd is problematic because the folded cable is too thick. There are also the three rounded connectors for the switch, usb, and firewire running from the front of the case to the back. I probably would have posted that I tried this originally, if I hadn't been in such a rush.

Anyways, I went to Fry's again today shortly after posting the orginal message, and even though they didn't have any short cables there yesterday, they had a 7" twisted ATA 133 cable today! Unfortunately, it doesn't want to work with my drive. I picked up some 12" rounded cables for the floppy and dvd drive too. Those just lay across the mobo by the pci slots, which are all empty (nforce2 mobo). The 4" or 6" cables would have been ideal - this is fine though. The drive cable works better with a single fold and light twisty-tie. No one will ever see that cable anyways.

All is well now and the case is back on the little beast. Thanks for the opinions.


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Almost forgot - I edited the orginal post and added some picks at the top.


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Glad you got your problem solved :)


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you could buy an IDE crimpper and make your own to custom lenghts


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BiggPa wrote:
you could buy an IDE crimpper and make your own to custom lenghts


I'll try and find someone doing this at a computer fair next time I am there. Making your own cables is cool, as long as you're going to do it more than once a year!

*looks over at the box of cat5 cable in the closet


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i know rounded cables are great for air flow but they do reduce your speed and introduce the possibility of data corruption. i wish my drive and mobo were sata for the small cables.


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