At least a ribbon cable can be neatly folded over itself, a round cable long enough to reach the furthest drive from the MB in a full tower case, would create a mess in a desktop case.
ok thats what i figured
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actually they can be moved around and it looks really nice...I have a mid tower and a server tower with round cables...It leave a lot of space for airflow.
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More expensive, most likely. I'm not sure about slower. I get +37.3 meg/sec sequential reads off my 45 gig IBM drive, which is supposed to get 55 meg/sec according to IBM's website. I guess there's a little bit of performace hit =)
You can round ribbon cables yourself (successfully) with a box blade, scotch tape, and some patience. Electrician's tape looks better, but cherry tape would be more flexible.