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IDE interface
Last modified: Monday, January 27, 2003 

Abbreviation of either Intelligent Drive Electronics or Integrated Drive Electronics, depending on who you ask. An IDE interface is an interface for mass storage devices, in which the controller is integrated into the disk or CD-ROM drive.

Although it really refers to a general technology, most people use the term to refer the ATA specification, which uses this technology. Refer to ATA for more information.

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Hard Disk Interfaces and Configuration 
Describes the different major interface standards currently used by hard disks (and other devices). Provides sections about the IDE/ATA and SCSI interfaces. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Integrated Drive Electronics / AT Attachment (IDE/ATA) Interface 
Describes IDE/ATA standards and feature sets, transfer modes and protocols, and configuration and cabling. This page is from "The PC Guide."

Hard Disk BIOS and Capacity Factors
Describes issues related to how the BIOS and operating system interact with the hard disk, and BIOS-related issues and problems. Includes a full look at the many capacity limitations inherent in using IDE/ATA interface drives, and other BIOS restrictions on hard disk capacity. This page is from "The PC Guide."

IDE Device Setup / Autodetection
Describes the BIOS settings that control the setup of IDE/ATA devices (particularly hard disk drives). This page is from "The PC Guide".

Integrated Drive Electronics / AT Attachment Interface
Describes IDE/ATA standards and features, transfer modes and protocols, and configuration and cabling. This page is from "The PC Guide."

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Disk Drives

Ports and Interfaces

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ATA

EIDE

hard disk drive

HyperCard

SCSI

Serial ATA

ST-506 interface


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