2.25 Attaching Drive Cables
Attaching IDE drive cabling is simple. These cables are keyed to only allow them to be
connected in the correct manner. Tyan motherboards have two on board IDE channels,
each supporting two drives. The black connector designates the Primary channel,
while the white connector designates the Secondary channel.
Attaching IDE cables to the IDE connectors is illustrated below:
Simply plug in the BLUE END of the IDE cable into the motherboard IDE connector, and
the other end(s) into the drive(s). Each standard IDE cable has three connectors, two of
which are closer together. The BLUE connector that is furthest away from the other two is
the end that connects to the motherboard. The other two connectors are used to connect
SATA (Serial ATA connectors)
With SATA cables, both ends are
the same. You can attach either end
to the motherboard or hard drive.