Beginning of the end for PATA

Beginning of the end for PATA

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

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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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  • Although I want to

    I am one of those people who are still chomping at the bit to keep some older systems running. phasing out older tech only means I have to spend more time cobbling it together.

    Now is about time, but I just don't feel ready yet.
    nucrash
  • PATA still needed for External Firewire Enclosures

    I haven't seen many SATA to Firewire 400 enclosures around, the majority of them are PATA still. It looks like I'll be buying a PATA Drive for my firewire enclosure soon then... I'm all about the advancement of technology, but we have almost exclusively PATA drives at work, with a few exceptions. Looks like we'll be looking at Maxtor for IDE then... or does this include Maxtor... if it does, then I'm not sure what I'm going to do.
    webguy1
  • A bit early me thinks

    There are still plenty of usable machines out there that still used IDE. Now this may not be a problem for the typical home user as they can usually add in a PCI SATA card, but many businesses and schools use smaller more integrated machines that may not be able to accept such cards. This could end up rendering those machines useless if a hard drive fails. There are plenty of other technologies they need to retire before PATA/IDE. I can see them slowing production and slimming down their available PATA model line, but there is still a market for these drives and it could hurt their over all sales.
    bobiroc
  • New technology and new products..... good!

    Stopping production and limiting
    availability of old and existing
    products....BAD!

    The name of the game is GREED!

    Force people to buy new and more expensive
    products by limiting availability of their
    old products. Examples: HDTV and BlueRay

    I love new technology. There's no reason NOT
    to manufacture and promote new technology.
    But why halt production of the old stuff?
    Reduce to the level of demand, OK, but halt,
    NO.
    Ole Man
  • Still need PATA for businesses

    We have large extremely expensive manufacturing presses that use PATA technology. These systems usually are very proprietary and cannot be upgraded without forking over $50,000+ per machine.

    We have about 75% of all our PC's using PATA with a majority of those systems less than 4 years old.

    Who ever sells PATA hard drives is going to get our business for years to come. I doubt that we are the only business that needs this technology for many more years.

    It may be time to stock up. :(
    dragosani
    • I wouldnt be surprised to see a converter...

      for PATA to SATA, so that the SATA drives could be used in PATA systems.
      mrlinux
  • PATA will be around for quite a while

    For the most part, the drives themselves are the same whether PATA or SATA - only the controller attached to the bottom of the drive is different. On Seagate SATA drives, you will notice the mounting points cast into the aluminum drive housing designed to accomodate the PATA interface/controller.


    Also because the mechanical parts of the drives are the same, SATA drives often don't outperform their PATA brethren by much, if at all. Sometimes the size of the on-controller cache memory accounts for the entire difference in performance between SATA & PATA models of the same capacity drive.
    WiredGuy