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    IDC OR IDE?

    Hi there.

    I am looking to purchase a new motherboard and need one with an IDE connection on it. From looking on Ebuyer, i noticed that many of their Intel boards have IDC connections.

    What i was wondering was, is IDC the same as IDE?

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    IDC can mean many types of connector, can you show us an example motherboard?

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    In that context yes, it means there's a single socket available so you can run two devices from it.

    EDIT:
    I was going to harp on about it, but the "Standard" specification shows it more plainly.

    Storage Ports Configuration 1 x ATA, 4 x SATA

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    Well the board overview shows it has 1 ATA device (IDE) so thats it.

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    ah so ATA = IDE?

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    Long story there, but yes.

    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UDMA]Nice long read here to explain![/ame]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrimpersfan View Post
    ah so ATA = IDE?
    Bingo, another part of the acronym soup of computing, ATA is the ANSI name for IDE.

    Oh and of course, ATA has been retrospectively renamed PATA after the release of SATA

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    Isn't the IDE connector just another type of IDC connector that is specificially used for connecting ATA hard drives ?

    The clue presumably is the name, the DC in IDC stands for displacement connector/connection.....and that's basically how an IDE ribbon cable is terminated as are many other types of PC and telecoms cabling connections.

    Am i right, or have i got that totally wrong ?

    This is the first time i've hears the acronym IDC being used to describe an IDE connection.

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    Thanks guys.

    I work as a software engineer so hardware isn't really my speciality.

    Thanks again

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    That's my understanding torledo

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    You'll be quite safe, the only boards totally sans a single IDE connector are some of the very recent motherboards for the Core i7 hardware and a couple of miniature PC motherboards - anything standard is still equipped with at least 1.

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    You'll be quite safe, the only boards totally sans a single IDE connector are some of the very recent motherboards for the Core i7 hardware and a couple of miniature PC motherboards - anything standard is still equipped with at least 1.
    I have an Intel DG45ID sat here that says otherwise

    Although sure most will still have a single connector.

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    Be a little careful. I got a new mobo a while back that had 1 IDE but it was software driven, ie. the BIOS didn't recognise it, so I couldn't boot from the IDE optical drive. I got around it by buying a SATA DVD drive.

    I don't know if this a common problem.

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    I don't know if this a common problem.
    Sounds like a BIOS bug, although your right modern Intel chipsets don't have IDE its actually driven from a Jmicron/Promise/Marvell controller chip. These sometimes have compatability issues although you should be able to boot form them.

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