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    Lightbulb DIY - Mini Makeover for IDE Ribbon

    I bet one of you is still using the IDE ribbon cable for your HD or at least for the optical drives or a floppy drive. Donít you hate the fat and old ugly looking cable? These fat ribbons always obstruct the air flow of your case and it is hard to routing it.

    You have a choice.
    Go to the store and spend about $10 - $18 for a new rounded IDE cable or do a mini makeover with your existing cable with a minimum cost.

    Material List:
    IDE Cable
    X-acto knife
    Zip tie (option)
    Split Flexi Tube or Electrical tape (color of your choice)

    STEP 1:
    Use X-acto knife to cut tiny slits between the small wires, about ľĒ width and use your hands to rip the ribbon from one end to the other apart.

    STEP 2:
    Bundle those strips up by stack them on top each other to make it into a small cable, use electrical tape (red arrow) or zip tie to hold it together neatly. Donít forget to cut off the excess zip ties.

    STEP 3:
    Cut the flexi tube to a desired length and then insert the ribbon into the flexi tube.
    You can use electrical tape to wrap around the ribbon instead of using the flexi tube but I prefer the flexi tube because of its flexibility. Electrical tape will makes the cable stiff. Therefore, it will be hard to route the cable.

    Look at me Mama.
    Iím much better looking IDE cable now. This makeover will improve the air flow in your case, more attractive and affordable.

    Last edited by Jameson; 29-03-2007 at 08:22.

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