Another interface bites the dust

Mikey 2 comments
Another interface bites the dust

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.


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Sunday 29th July 2007 | 06:06 PM

Long live SATA.

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Monday 30th July 2007 | 10:33 AM

I woke up this morning to SMS after SMS... coz a server had thrown a drive. An IDE drive. I'm just glad I had a few (dozen) spare lying around! :-P

I think each of those drives must have been at least 5 years old and covered in cm deep dust. Man, gotta love that technology. Lasted 5 years of neglect and poor treatement and would have cost next to nothing when new. I only hope my SATA ones turns out to be as reliable, in 5 years time.

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