So I wasted an afternoon soldering 44 tiny wires onto a connector.
I went to this link to find out how the 44 pin 2.5" ide hard drive was numbered.
As I understood it, the top row was every odd number and the bottom row was every even number.
I split up a standard IDE cable and stripped 3/4 of a cm of coating off the ends. Then I looped it in half to form a flat oval shape.
I tinned the wire next, put it in the contact area, and heated it up to melt the solder.
The plug that I soldered to was one from a laptop, the adapter plug was designed so that it would be easy to swap a bad HDD for a good one. I suppose it was made so it would be (somewhat) easy to solder to as well.
Here are some pictures of the results, I currently have Windows XP installed on it and it works great.