On Tue, Jun 06, 2000 at 01:33:07AM +0100, Paul Kelly wrote:
> With a 40-way cable you can use an ATA66 drive on a regular IDE channel,
> and an ATA33 drive on an ATA66 channel. It's all nice and backward
> compatible that way.
Lots of answers about this - thanks everybody. I knew that the drives and
controllers were backwards compatible, but what I was wondering was how,
physically. I asked about the special cable because I was wondering how the
80 way ATA/66 connector connected to a 40 way connector on a motherboard. I
gather that this is via an ordinary 40 way cable. Presumably this means that
an ATA/66 drive has a 40 way and an 80 way connector on the back, or what ?
I don't actually need to know this, now that I know that I can order a big
drive and that it will work with the existing hardware, but my engineer's
curiosity is getting to me :-)
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