IDE cables are arguably the most important cable inside of your computer. They keep your Hard Drive's data flowing, and generally make sure everything can talk. IDE cables have been around for generations of the computing world, and they're still as common today as they were 10 years ago. Normal users don't exactly think much about what they're plugging their drives in with when they're hooking everything up. An IDE cable is an IDE cable, right? Wrong. You've got all kinds of IDE cables to pick from. You've got your old school ATA-33 cables, and then they came out with the newfangled ATA-66 and shortly after that there were the ATA-100 cables that seemed to be the same as the ATA-66. If you wait a few weeks (maybe a couple months tops) I'm sure you're going to see some people touting new ATA-133 specific cables, too. As if picking the right cable type wasn't bad enough, then they get you on length, do you need 18"? 24"? Or maybe you need one of the massive 36" beasts for your four foot tall server tower you really have no chance of filling. Oh, did I forget to mention Floppy cables, too? Can't forget those, either...
Anyways, cable selections aside, all of the cables have some things in common, with the first one being their obnoxious dimensions. Sure, IDE and floppy cables are really thin, but what does that matter when they're a good 3" wide? If you're like me and can have a grand total of 4 or more IDE cables, you've got a veritable wall of grey wires sitting at the front of your case. Once you get to that point, there is almost no hope for your case, no matter how much cable routing you do, so you're just toast at that point. (You can ask my friend Derrick who has a total of 7 ribbon cables in his tower. He can't do anything to get them far enough out of the way.) So you're kinda stuck for a solution at that point. What's the best way to fix that jungle of cables? Well, wireless would be the first method, but since there's no form of wireless capable of that type of speed transmission, smaller cables are going to be the solution. So-Trick Computers sent a set of cables my way for me to check out and look at in my system first hand, and considering the number of IDE sized cables I've got (3 IDE (eventually 4), floppy and THEN the Audigy Platinum Drive) I've got a ton of cables hogging my case. How do these guys do for everything? Lets take a look and see what they do.