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What does IDE stand for?

Could you please tell me what IDE stands for? (Example: I changed my primary IDE cable to piggy back a hard drive and noticed that my secondary IDE cable was not connected to my CD ROM.)

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IDE – Integrated Drive Electronics. What you really need to know is that it is a type of interface that connects to various hardware devices, such as hard drives and CD-ROMs. On most computers, there is a primary and secondary IDE connection. It is best to put speedy devices (hard drives) together on one interface and the slower ones (CD-ROMs) on the secondary. Any computer store or Radio Shack should be able to supply you with an IDE cable.

This was first published in January 2004

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