What drive interface is this?

What kind of drive interface is based on Western Digital’s Integrated Drive Electronics interface, and supports up to two physical drives on a single 40-pin or 80-pin interface?





The answer: A) PATA

The Parallel AT Attachment interface was simply called ATA (or IDE) until the Serial ATA interface was introduced. To differentiate between the two, the “parallel” name was added to help clarify the interface type.

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1 thought on “What drive interface is this?”

  1. “40-pin or 80-pin interface”

    I thought that PATA has only a 40-pin connector with either a 40-wire cable or an 80-wire cable?

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