Using a PATA cable for Raspberry Pi B+ GPIO pins

This is not a very impressive discovery… but I figured out that with a (very little) bit of work, a PATA ribbon cable works perfectly with the Raspberry Pi B+!

However, as you can see here, PATA cables have one pin sealed off, which blocks it from plugging in to the GPIO pins on the Pi.

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As it turns out, it is just a thin piece of plastic, and has a usable connection underneath.

I used the nice ghetto method of hammering a nail into it.

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And there you have it – a nice ribbon cable that fits perfectly into the Pi GPIO pins.

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Also note – If you have a case like mine, you might have to break off the top of the PATA connector for the lid to fit properly.

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