Seagate: PATA disk drives phased out

Due to the waning popularity of Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (PATA) technology in favor of the newer and speedier Serial ATA-based disk drives, Seagate LLC has acknowledged plans to stop building the older products.

According to a spokesman from Scotts Valley, Calif.-based Seagate, the company plans to continue to offer PATA drives, often referred to as integrated device electronics (IDE) drives, until late this year or early next year.

Seagate’s move away from the aging PATA standard has been in the works for some time, the spokesman said. The hard drive manufacturer’s engineers stopped work on new projects late last year, he noted.

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