13.1. Installing, Configuring, and Maintaining PC Components

While being able to identify the various components of a personal computer is important, knowing how to install, configure, and maintain them is equally, if not more, important. The components in question are storage devices (internal and external), motherboards and related components, power supplies, processors, memory, adapter cards, and cooling systems.

13.1.1. Working with Storage Devices

Storage devices come in many shapes and sizes. In addition to IDE/EIDE and SCSI, two of the older standards, there are now Serial ATA (SATA) and Parallel ATA (PATA—a newer term for IDE), and you can differentiate between internally and externally attached drives. This section looks at storage ...

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