Enhanced Small Disk Interface

<storage, hardware>

(ESDI) An obsolete hard disk controller standard, first introduced by Maxtor in 1983, and intended to be the successor to the original ST-506/ST-412. ESDI was faster and more reliable, but still could not compete with IDE and SCSI.

EDSI used two cables: a 20-pin data cable to each drive and a single 34-pin control cable daisy chain with the controller at one end and a terminator at the other. In PCs, it supported up to two drives at 1-2MB/s with drives up to 2GB.

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Last updated: 2003-08-01

Nearby terms:

enhanced parallel portEnhanced Small Disk Interfaceenhancement

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