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How Do I Find Out The Highest Speed My IDE Ribbon Cables Can Provide?

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I have two ribbon cables in my system... One has something like 80 lines on it which I assume would be called 80 pin ribbon if that's the correct term. That's the one that connects my hard drives to my motherboard. I than have a ribbion with fewer lines on it... Umm around 40 lines I'd say and well that connects my disc drives to my motherboard. My question is how can I find out the highest speed these ribbons are capable of providing for my hardware? Such as ATA 66, 100, etc.

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All 80 way cables are capable of all burst speeds, to ATA-100 at least.
All 40 way cables are capable of ATA 33 speeds only.

Both assuming there is no other issue(s) with the cable(s) in question.
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