Western Digital stops making PATA hard drives

The famous hard drive maker Western Digital has announced that it will stop producing PATA hard drives with the last orders to be taken on December 29 this year.

The once famous and popular PATA standard has been almost completely phased out by the more progressive SATA interface although you can still find PATA drives here and there. As to WD, the company launched what it seems to be their last PATA models this past summer with six models making it to the market with capacities that range from 80 GB to 500 GB. They are unlikely to have caught any interest as they are much, much more expensive than alternative SATA drives. For example an 80 GB PATA drive usually costs as much as a 1 TB SATA drive.

Although WD will stop making such drives the company will still honor warranty.


Source: Western Digital

Related posts

Scientists work on 5D memory

A team of British and Dutch scientists has made a breakthrough with a discovery called 5D memory. The innovation will soon allow users to store enormous quantities of information in very small space greatly boosting capacities of various storage devices. The technology is...

Philips plans new flagship smartphone

Philips plans new flagship smartphone

Philips is not a really popular brand name when it comes to smartphones but yes, the company has been making handsets for quite some time. Since it does not release smartphones on a daily basis, Philips tends to focus on high end devices and this seems to be the case with a new Philips...

Scientists develop durable storage medium

Scientists develop durable storage medium

Attempts at creating durable information media have been constant in the past decade and indeed there have been some breakthroughs with scientists creating various devices that can hold data with no data loss for millions of years. As a comparison the life of a regular CD is 100 years at...

Leave a comment