Beginning of the end for PATA

Summary:It's the beginning of the end for the 20 year old technology.

It's the beginning of the end for the 20 year old technology. 

Now that Seagate has announced plans to phase out PATA drives in favor of the faster SATA technology, other hard drive manufacturers will follow suit and PATA's days are numbered.

From a personal perspectivemost ofl my PCs now use SATA drives and PATA is only used in a few legacy systems, and it's been a long time since I bought a PATA drive (well, for a PC anyway, a couple of weeks ago I bought a new PATA drive so I could upgrade the drive in my PVR) - the speed and cost of SATA over PATA makes the older technology a pointless investment. 

On the other hand, I know a lot of people who prefer PATA drive, especially when it comes to support for older motherboards and cable reliability (I really wish motherboard and cable manufacturers would improve the quality and reliability of SATA connectors).

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Topics: Hardware, Networking


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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