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Do I Need an 80 Pin Ide Cable for a 500gb Sata Drive

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Hi - I ordered a Star Tech IDE to SATA connector and have a spare 500GB SATA drive - will the IDE cable in the xbox work as it is a 500GB drive or will I need to invest in a 80 Pin cable?  

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Yes, I have used a standard cable in the past but you will get less delay and it will not just hang there which you get with some hdd SATA drives.

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20 minutes ago, Ging3rguy said:

Yes, I have used a standard cable in the past but you will get less delay and it will not just hang there which you get with some hdd SATA drives.

Can I use any SATA hard drive and I found a 80Pin IDE Cable in an old Dell Pentium Optiplex PC - so hopefully that will work or am I better off buying a new fresh cable?

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Some work better than others use this website for a list of what works.

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just check the connections are the right way around on the ide cable.

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Hi - thanks my 500Gb SATA drive isn’t listed at all - I took it from s Sky+ box - the model is Samsung ST3500312CS - anyone any experience with this drive?  

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7 minutes ago, C64MidRezzie said:

Hi - thanks my 500Gb SATA drive isn’t listed at all - I took it from s Sky+ box - the model is Samsung ST3500312CS - anyone any experience with this drive?  

No, but compatibility issues mostly arise from drives that can’t be locked. This is actually part of the SATA specification, so I’m not aware of any SATA drives with this issue. If you TSOP/chip this is a moot point anyway as the drive doesn’t need to be locked. 

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