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This page contains all pages related to the ATA specifications. To get started quickly, try one of the following pages:

Describes the oldest hardware mode for accessing devices. Start here for all your driver needs.
ATA Packet Interface - Add SCSI commands to the protocol. CD-ROM drives are usually ATAPI devices. You will need some ATA parts for setup.
If you want to make disk accesses using the legacy BIOS.


The name IDE is often used interchangeably with ATA, but "IDE" actually refers to only the electrical specifications of the signals on the 40 / 80 pin disk cable. ATA is the proper name for the entire specification.


Recently a new standard for ATA data transmission has emerged. It was named SATA, and the previous well-known forms of ATA were retroactively renamed PATA, "to reduce confusion" -- while certainly causing it.

Pages in category "ATA"

The following 11 pages are in this category, out of 11 total.