What does this cable do?

This "HDD Cable" is connected to my CD drive from the bottom of my motherboard. I'm very curious, I don't see this in other peoples systems![img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2516/3675353069_716f945704.jpg?v=0[/img]

That looks like a ribbon cable. Â Which connects a drive to the motherboard via an IDE port.

Seems like a normal IDE cable

is there any way to get rid of it? or do I HAVE to have one? it's connected to my CD drive.

Uh...if I am looking at it correctly, that's just and IDE(or PATA) cable. Your pointing toward that black ribbon cable right? It's just the old interface before Sata came around.

No you have to have it there. Or get a newer dvd drive with SATA cable

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030Get that and a SATA cable and you can get rid of that big old air flow restricting ribbon cable.

thanks! that's a sad cable. it looks so dated lol

lol yeah those are old like P4

As long as you tie it down it won't restrict air flow and besides, most consumer DVD/CD drives don't come close to the bandwidth limit of IDE/PATA. Unless you have a Blu-Ray or super-ultra high-speed/monster cache DVD/CD drive then there is no need to buy a whole new drive.

i am use a ide cable , i say just buy a rounded one ,
something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812104040

just buy a sata drive its only like 20 bucks.

im with skump just tie it down better. why pay 20 dollars for a nicer sata cable when tying it down is free.. or buying a nicer pata cable is like 3 dollars.

Because the drive he has probably doesn't have as fast read/write to DVD speeds as a new one anyway.

Thats for him to take into account, as he may not be the type of person who burns a shit ton of DVDs and he might not be willing to pay $35 for a marginal read time decrease.

Oh really? Â I thought it was for me to take into account. Â I thought I was in complete control of his wallet.