View Full Version : Will using an old ATA33 cable on a DVD burner slow it down?

12-12-2003, 01:00 PM
I've recentely bought a dvd burner (4x/4x/16x DVD+, 40x/24x/40x CD). It didn't come with an IDE cable, so I fished one out of my stash of old computer junk. It's the old type 40-wire cable. Will that affect the performance of this DVD burner, when it comes to writing DVDs at 4x, or reading them?

12-12-2003, 01:08 PM
First of all, you'd need to determine if the device is ATA33/66/100/133 etc... it's most likely ATA33 which means there'd be no downside to it.

Cavity Overdrive
13-12-2003, 03:08 PM
CD + DVD Witers are all ATA33 standard.
your 40 wire cable should be fine

13-12-2003, 03:17 PM
most DVD are ata66 so yes it will slow the interface down, i'm not to sure how how it will effect the burning. you may have to burn at a slightly slower speed otherwise you may run into errors.

13-12-2003, 03:49 PM
a ata cable is only about $6 these days so better off with a decent ata 133 in my opnion