PC Hardware


  1. What is the purpose of an IDE drive?

  2. How many drives can be connected to a single IDE connector?

  3. What is the best method of determining the number of drives available on a computer?

  4. What three things should be checked when a floppy disk drive fails?

  5. What is the best way to ensure long life from a floppy disk drive?

  6. When you purchase a new floppy disk drive controller, what can you expect to receive with it?

  7. Other than physical size, what are the only differences between a 5.25-inch floppy disk drive and a 3.5-inch floppy disk?

  8. What type of cable is used to connect a floppy disk drive to the external data bus?

  9. What is the proper way to install a floppy disk drive cable?

  10. To which pin must the Number 1 wire of the floppy disk drive cable be connected?

  11. You've received the following error message: "General failure reading Drive A:". What is the most likely problem?

  12. Are floppy disk controllers sensitive to ESD?

  13. You receive an error message that ends with "Abort, Retry, Fail?" What is the most likely cause of the error?

  14. Why is a voice coil actuator arm better than a stepper motor actuator arm?

  15. Define hard disk drive geometry.

  16. What is the best way to determine the geometry of an unknown drive?

  17. Describe HDI.

  18. BIOS limits the number of heads to _____________.

  19. BIOS limits the number of cylinders to _____________.

  20. How many bytes of data does a sector hold?

  21. What is the maximum number of sectors per track?

  22. What does CHS stand for?

  23. What type of drive is standard on today's personal computer?

  24. Name the characteristics of the different hard disk drive types.

  25. What is a partition? What are the two types of partition?

  26. Define a cluster.

  27. What is the FAT and how does it work?

  28. What is fragmentation?

  29. How can you minimize the impact of a hard disk drive failure?

  30. What is the function of ScanDisk?

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