What is an IDE Cable?

Definnition of IDE & IDE Cables

IDE Cable
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IDE, an acronym for Integrated Drive Electronics, is a standard type of connection for storage devices in a computer.

Generally, IDE 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.

So an IDE cable, then, is a cable that meets this specification.

Some popular IDE implementations that you may come across in computers are PATA (Parallel ATA), the older IDE standard, and SATA (Serial ATA), the newer one.

Mixing IDE and SATA Devices

At some point throughout the life of your devices and computer systems, one will probably be using newer technology than the other. You may have a new SATA hard drive, for example, but a computer that only supports IDE.