Which of these best describes SATA?
A) Communicates serially
B) Maximum of 16 devices per interface
C) Can be connected with 40-wire or 80-wire cables
D) The ends of the chain must be terminated
E) Does not require defragmentation
F) Gets much better gas mileage on the highway
The answer: A) Communicates serially
The Serial ATA standard communicates serially to devices. Unlike parallel connections that transmit many bits simultaneously over separate wires, a serial connection transmits data one bit at a time.
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Most modern desktop and laptop computers use SATA interfaces to connect to hard drive storage devices. In this video, you’ll learn about the SATA standard and how to properly configure and connect SATA drives.