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If you connect a “cable select” PATA drive to an 80-wire PATA-4 standard cable, which connector would configure the drive as Device 0?

A) The connector farthest from the motherboard

B) The connecter closest to the motherboard

C) Either connector will work as Device 0

D) None of the connectors will configure Device 0 when using cable select

E) It’s really amazing any of this works at all

The answer: A) The connector farthest from the motherboard

80-wire cables are used on later PATA standards to reduce crosstalk interference on the cable, and this standard places Device 0 (the Master drive) on the interface at the end of the cable, farthest from the motherboard.

Want to know more? Watch “Understanding PATA.”

The Parallel ATA interface standard is one of the most common legacy hard drive connection types. In this video, you’ll learn how to configure and connect PATA drives to your motherboard.