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Not an IDE HDD Computer Cable

While removing the HDD I inadvertently tore the ribbon that connects the 40 pin IDE adaptor...where can I find another? I posted this yesterday and Guru said to use a computer cable, this is not a standard 40 pin IDE computer cable but a special thin ribbon type cable that connects to a IDE HDD adaptor...

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Re: Not an IDE HDD Computer Cable

Ok, I have seen some recorders that do use IDE cables, but sorry about that. I saw this model listed at but I did not see the cable. I bet if you call them at 1-866-925-PART, they can get it for you. Good Luck and sorry about the misunderstanding. Ps Please dont forget to rate this thread.

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Its a Hard drive. Why not see how long you need one and go to a puter store and get a replacement Hdd cable. Does not have to be a ribbon cable. Good Luck Please do not forget to rate this thread.

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