How to Remove an IDE Cable

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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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