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The round cables are too stiff to fold to fit the case. 

A flat 24" cable works best flipped end-to-end compared to normal PC installation. HDD connector to motherboarfd and vice versa.80-wire IDE Cables Measured Side-by-side Comparison.jpg

A flat 18-19" cable requires many folds and twists with a tight fit. A 24" cable works much better.

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Connector on the left goes to the motherboard IDE header and on the right to the HDD. The DVD drive attaches to the center connector.

Original Xbox 80-wire IDE Cable Specifications
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7.5" centers between MB and DVD drive connectors
14.5" centers between DVD and HDD connectors
|<--------------------------22" overall length------------------------->|

Cable Connector Layout
                                                                        |HDD
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
|MB                   |DVD
 \___________________/ \_______________________________________________/
       7.5"                                   14.5"
Cable for original Xbox 80-wire IDE cable

Key
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- = 80-wire ribbon cable
| = 40-pin IDE connector
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80-wire cable 22.5-23 inches actual length depends on how much cable is
required to fold over to install the strain-relief at each end.
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Cannot confirm as I've only used the 18.5" and 24" 80-wire 40-pin cables.  IDE spec states longest should be 18" so 24's pushing the spec's designated max length let alone 36". 

Try it as is I think I've read that other's have used 36" cables.  Or,...

Remove the end connector (largest gap end) cut off some cable and re=crimp it on the opposite side as shown above. The stock cable has motherboard and DVD connectors protruding from the same side but the HDD to the opposite side.

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-an opportunity to learn from people you'd otherwise maybe never be involved with

Thanks KE I was hesitant to explore this avenue but basically assumed i knew what was going on with these cables. I'm sure i can fill in the blanks now with google.

So in the end, even if the cable IS too long, and IS causing problems they can be shortened.

Long cable FTW

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ive used these https://www.amazon.com/SF-Cable-IDC40x3-TPO-Ultra/dp/B0062QSRVK/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1512512790&sr=1-7&keywords=Dual+Drive+Ultra+ATA+IDE+Cable

they fit but there is a huge amount of slack. i just leave it rolled up(neatly) and keep the band on it. it tucks nicely under the dvd drive.

 

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22 hours ago, cOrPsE said:

ive used these https://www.amazon.com/SF-Cable-IDC40x3-TPO-Ultra/dp/B0062QSRVK/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1512512790&sr=1-7&keywords=Dual+Drive+Ultra+ATA+IDE+Cable

they fit but there is a huge amount of slack. i just leave it rolled up(neatly) and keep the band on it. it tucks nicely under the dvd drive.

 

Thanks for that. I have them on the way from another vendor in 36" as well. Nice to know these will work.

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14 hours ago, Derek Bowes said:

cool. just ordered same

happy to hear that. you got a smoking deal then. i was skeptical receiving 8 of these for like 18$ shipped. no problems at all. and overtime you figure out how to orient the cable with good folding and installs nice and clean. 

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