I was wondering if there was a certain length that the ide cable had to be that is used with the hd connect adapter. i had a spare ide cable that was longer than the one it came with so i decided to use it. the cable is longer. the bad thing about it is that sometimes the game that i am playing freezes. it will happen at any random time and with any game. i have tried a few different cables since then. they have been the same length and have done the same thing. is there a specific length or type of cable that i can use besides the one that comes with the adapter? the reason that i ask is because i would like to have my ps2 standing and the hd laying flat.