The Premature Death of PATA

October 25, 2006

Am I the only one who’s noticing the rapid push to get parallel ATA drives out of sight? While it shouldn’t be any surprise that it’s happening, the timing is what’s troubling. Many people have perfectly good PATA drives that have a decent capacity, yet Intel’s new ICH8 southbridge is devoid of any PATA support. Serial ATA ports have been bumped up to six instead of the four found on ICH6/ICH6R and ICH7/ICH7R.

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