IDE cables are used to connect DVD, CD and hard drives to computer motherboards. IDE connections are gradually being replaced by SATA and SATA-II connections, but they are still very commonly used. To safely remove your IDE cable from your drive, follow a few simple steps.
Things You'll Need
- Anti-static wrist strap (optional)
Place your thumb and another finger firmly on each side of the IDE connector. The IDE connector is the part at the end of the cable going into the drive.
Grasp the drive in a safe spot with your other hand so it can't move when you start pulling. Make sure you only touch the drive's metal case. If you're working inside a computer case, make sure you are grounded (ground yourself by touching metal, such as the metal in the computer case, or by using an anti-static wrist strap), and make sure that your hand doesn't bump any circuit boards or other components.
Pull the IDE cable straight out by exerting pressure evenly on each side. Don't wiggle it. This may take a little effort as it is made to be a tight fit. If necessary, follow these same steps for the other end of the cable, making sure once more not to touch any boards inside your computer.
Tips & Warnings
- Static electricity can damage your computer components if you are not grounded.
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