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Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD, The by Andrei Khurshudov

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Interface

What is Interface?

A hardware and/or software data transmission regulator that controls data exchange between the PC and other devices, including such data storage devices as hard disk drives, floppy drives, tape drives, CD drives, and DVD drives. The interface is provided by the electronics of the data transfer controller and the drive electronics. There are several standards adopted for the interface protocols allowing connection of any standard peripheral device.

What Kind of Interfaces are There?

The most common types of interfaces used are parallel, serial, USB, ATA (IDE, EIDE, UDMA, ATAPI), SCSI, IEEE 1394 FireWire, and PC Card (formerly known as PCMCIA). Fibre Channel and SSA are used in high-end storage applications. For details ...

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