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Re: how do EIDE controllers work?

Date: Wed Jan 31 13:53:12 2001
Posted By: Mike Harrison, , Freelance electronics consultant, White Wing Logic
Area of science: Computer Science
ID: 980795021.Cs

EIDE controllers actually do very little themselves - the electronics in
the drive itself do most of the hard work. The drive electronics
respond to requests from the PC to read or write data on the disk, work
out exactly where on the disk the required data is located, position the
head, and control the flow of data between the disk and a small internal
RAM cache, and then on to the host PC. The drive also deals with keeping
track of of any physical manufacturing defects on the disk surface, so
data is not stored in bad areas. 

The PC's EIDE interface simply handles the communication of commands and
data to the drive, and the transfer of the data to the PC's main memory.

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