An interface may refer to any of the following:
1. With software, an interface is a program that allows a user to interact computers in person or over a network. An interface may also refer to controls used in a program that allow the user to interact with the program. One of the best examples of an interface is a GUI (graphical user interface). This type of interface is what you are using now to navigate your computer and how you got to this page.
2. With hardware, an interface is a physical device, port, or connection that interacts with the computer or other hardware device. For example, IDE (integrated drive electronics) and SATA (Serial AT Attachment) are disk drive interfaces for computer hard drives and ATAPI (AT Attachment Packet Interface) is an early interface for CD-ROM (compact disc read-only memory) drives.
Examples of drive interfaces
The following list is a list of different internal and external interfaces that connect a drive to a computer.
- ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment)
- Parallel port
- SCSI (small computer system interface)
- USB (universal serial bus)