Another interface bites the dustMikey 2 comments
World renowned hard drive manufacturer Seagate have announced they plan to stop producing IDE (PATA) drives by the end of the year, focusing solely on SATA.
What does this mean for tech average consumer? If you are still using a current generation (or older) IDE hard drives, and it dies (or you want to replace it) anytime after next year, you won't be getting a replacement from Seagate. Unless you upgrade your motherboard to one that has a SATA interface, in which case you may be forced to also upgrade your CPU (if you are still using older sockets like 939).
Seagate is the first to make such plans, but we can expect other manufacturers to follow suit eventually.