Ok trying to add 2 HDD to my XBox with a switch in an external case. Case is good all power connections are good I know the problem is in the IDE ribbon Now...The 40 pin IDE ribbon that I bought was 38" long with 5 conectors on it(Premade)...I originaly had the connector in the middle of the ribbon empty (xbox board, DVD, Empty, HDD1, HDD2) now I tried moving the drives closer to the DVD rom leaving the last one empty...even put one drive on at a time with the ribbon and neither one booted up...I placed the original ribbon back in the xbox with 1 drive and it booted...so I know my problem is with the ribbon.
Now is there a maximum distance for total length or distance between IDE conections required for the xbox to read it? because I see on the Tutorials that there is like 5" between this one then 9" between that one and I see that 24" for total length is mentioned also. What is the maximum length for the xbox to read from the ribbon? Are these distances between connections just for the sake of utilizing the entire ribbon's length?
Also can I substitute the orginal xbox IDE ribbon for any standard IDE cable from a computer? because I see that a few times in the tutorials was mentioned about an uncut IDE cable? What the hell is that? uncut?
Any help would be much appreaceated!