As far as I understand, the wire shielding is for noise control.
I cut a USB wire in half and am going to apply a 2 pin JST connector to the power & ground. Do I cut the wire shield back out of the way or should it connect in with the ground?
I recently saw a 5 wire cable with 6 pins at the end so I assume the last wire is the shielding. Is this a common approach? The device was a Microsoft Kinect 360 (v1)