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Which of these devices are most commonly associated with ATAPI?


B) PATA hard drives

C) Floppy drives

D) SATA hard drives

E) Pie? I love pie!

The answer: A) CD-ROMs

ATAPI was created as an extension of the ATA standard. The ATA Packet Interface allowed manufacturers to use the ATA connections in a computer, but send SCSI commands over the wire. This allowed the use of traditional SCSI devices in the newer ATA-based motherboards. Devices that would traditionally connect via SCSI, such as CD-ROMs, could instead connect directly to the ATA bus while still maintaining full functionality.

Want to know more? Watch “Installing and Configuring Storage Devices.”

Today’s personal computer can use many different storage devices, and there are important considerations for the installation and configuration of each type. In this episode, you’ll learn how to install PATA drives, SATA drives, and you’ll learn how to properly install and care for external removable drives.