What is "PATA"?

  Simsy 06:04 24 Dec 2006


I bought a new Hard d rive for my sister a couple of days ago, which I'll fit in the next few days. What I wanted was an "ordinary" EIDE drive...

I've just realised that the label on the drive indicates that it's a "PATA" drive...

I realise that drives being fitted to new PCs nowadays are "Serial ATA", usually described as "SATA", so I assume that "PATA" means "Parallel ATA".

Maybe I've just been ignorant in the past, but I've not previously noticed "PATA" on a drive...

My question is, Is a "PATA" drive just an "ordinary" EIDE drive?

I'm assuming, and hoping the answer is "Yes"!

Thanks in anticipation,



  radi8or 06:22 24 Dec 2006


Hope no more, you are correct. What the exact difference is I haven't a clue, apart from a thinner cable and supposedly faster.

Regards Bob

  SLAYER 06:43 24 Dec 2006
  radi8or 06:53 24 Dec 2006

Thanks SLAYER my knowledge has advanced a further step.

Regards and Merry Christmas Bob

  SLAYER 07:56 24 Dec 2006

Your welcome and a Merry Christmas to you.

  Andsome 08:15 24 Dec 2006

Loads of answers to your question here.

click here

  Simsy 12:53 24 Dec 2006




  Pineman100 12:55 24 Dec 2006

Isn't PATA a kind of cake?

Sorry - I opened the Christmas booze a bit early.

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