Storage

Pop Quiz: Traditional hard drive types

Do you know the difference between ATA, SATA, SCSI, and SAS hard drives? Take this short quiz and test your knowledge of hard drive basics.

Answers (in bold) to our TR Dojo pop quiz on traditional hard disk drive types:

1. Which of the following hard disk drive interface standards was developed from Western Digital's Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) interface?

ATA/PATA

SATA

SAS

2. Which of the following hard disk drive types typically uses a 7-pin data connector?

ATA/PATA

SATA

SCSI

3. Which of the following hard disk drive types typically uses a traditional 40-pin data connector attached to a ribbon cable?

ATA/PATA

SATA

SCSI

4. Which of the following hard disk drive types typically uses a 68-pin or 80-pin data connector?

ATA/PATA

SATA

SCSI

5. Which of the following hard disk drive types uses a variety of physical data connectors, including 7-pin, 26-pin, 32-pin, and 36-pin?

ATA/PATA

SATA

SAS

6. Which of the following hard disk drive types uses a 15-pin power connector?

SAS

SATA

SCSI

7. Which of the following hard disk drive types has a theoretical maximum data transfer rate of 133MB per second?

ATA/PATA

SATA

SAS

8. Which of the following hard disk drive types has a theoretical maximum data transfer rate of 600MB per second?

ATA/PATA

SATA

SCSI

9. Which of the following hard disk drive types has a theoretical maximum data transfer rate of 640MB per second?

SCSI

SATA

SAS

10. Which of the following hard disk drive types transfers data in parallel?

ATA/PATA

SATA

SAS

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