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Integrated Drive Electronics - IDE


Definition: Abbreviated IDE, it is a standard type of connection for storage devices in a PC. Generally, it refers to the types of cables and ports used to connect some hard drives and optical drives to each other and to the motherboard.

Some popular IDE implementations that you may come across in PCs are Parallel ATA (PATA) and Serial ATA (SATA).

Also Known As: IDE
"The diagram in the manual showed the IDE cable connecting the DVD drive to the hard drive and then to the motherboard."
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