80 conductor ATA 66/100 cable
As far as I know the jury is still out on this mod. The Xbox Hard drive is capable of ATA 100 yet a standard IDE cable was installed by the manufacturer in all consoles. Save a dollar per console with a cheaper cable, do it on a few million consoles and save a few million dollars I guess.
This means that there is no way the drive could reach its maximum transfer rate without upgrading the cable. The question is, does just installing a new cable mean that the drive will automatically jump to ATA 66 or 100? Well honestly I don't know but I can tell you I run a ATA 100 cable in all my boxes and I like it. I have read message board posts on both sides of the discussion and both have valid points. If anyone wants to benchmark it or point me toward some info that is more definitive I'd like to hear about it.
One catch, you cannot use just any cable, it must not have any cut wires. It is not uncommon in IDE cables to have one wire purposely cut, the slice is used to determine the difference between one drive and the other in the chain. For purposes of Xbox use, all 80 wires are necessary.
I have used a cable as short as 18 inches but it barely fit. A stock Xbox IDE cable is 22 inches. I have sourced some nice 24 inch cables that are perfect for this application and I am able to offer them at a price comparable to what you might find in any computer store and mine are guaranteed to work in your Xbox.
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