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If you are installing a PATA drive with the “cable select” jumper enabled on a 40-conductor PATA cable, which connector is commonly used for the master drive?

A) The middle connector

B) The end connector

C) Either the middle or the end connector

D) Neither the middle or the end connector

E) Make sure you plan for a backup!

The answer: A) The middle connector

The original PATA standard used a 40-wire cable, and the drive configuration determined by the cable location was to put the primary drive in the middle of the cable and the secondary drive at the end of the cable. Later versions of PATA used an 80-wire cable to increase the throughput and swapped the drive configuration; the primary drive is at the end of the cable and the secondary drive is in the middle.

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.