Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope

Short for AT Attachment Packet Interface, ATAPI is an extension to ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) for supporting CD-ROM (compact disc read-only memory) drives, tape drives, and other computer peripherals and not only hard drives. Before the release of ATA-4 or ATAPI-4, ATAPI was a different standard from ATA.

CD terms, Computer acronyms, Hard drive terms, IDE