When I added my video capture drive to my system I had to buy new IDE cables (factory dell cables don't reach far enough). When I run the utility that came with my WD 160gig it tells me that both IDE channels are using 40 conductor cables and that UDMA only works with 80 conductor cables.
If I replace the cables will I see an increase durring any step of the video editing process? Is that why my DVD-ROM never runs full speed anymore?
You need to use the newer IDE cable to reach the higher speeds of 100/133. the older cables, i think, only do 33/66.
I dont know how they work to say 80 doubles the data transfer vs 40
It doesn't matter if your IDE Connector/port on your motherboard is only 33/66 and not a 100/133 speed. Any Mobo made within the last few years should be 100/133... your owners manual should tell you.
Yes you need the 80pin cable to reach the rated speeds. It will still work with the standad 40pin cable, just at a reduced speed. Likewise, you can use a 80pin cable on a 40pin devive, but it wont reach 80pin speed.