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IDE Versus SCSI

The first major decision you have to make in upgrading your hard disk is choosing between the two types of drives—IDE and SCSI. In most cases, the decision is made for you by the type of disk controller installed in your PC. For the last five years, most PCs have been manufactured with an IDE controller built in to the system, but in the last year or two, some PC manufacturers have offered customers a choice between IDE and SCSI.

IDE stands for Integrated Drive Electronics, and SCSI (pronounced “scuzzy”) stands for Small Computer System Interface. You might also see IDE listed as EIDE, for Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics, which was a faster enhancement on the original IDE specification.



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