The origin of the phrases ATA and IDE [WAS:RE: formatting MFM drives on a IBM PC]
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Tue Oct 3 11:10:01 CDT 2017
On 10/03/2017 05:37 AM, wrcooke at wrcooke.net wrote:
> fwiw in the late 80s I was the service department at a small PC
> store. I remember seeing these newfangled drives in Compaq
> computers, but I don't remember exactly when. Perhaps 88? Wikipedia
> backs me up that it was Compaq (with WD drives?) as the first large
Everyone seems to be calling the Compaq drives "Western Digital". They
weren't WD--they were CDC Wren II HH drives with a WD controller
embedded. WD didn't get into the drive business until much, much later.
I went back and checked my documents. The ATA drive that I had was, in
fact, a Wren II. For all I know, it was the same one that Compaq put in
its boxes, as I picked it up on the surplus market.
It was not a good drive--it failed within a year or so and I scrapped
it. I understand that my experience with the drive was not unique.
That's very different from my experience with the FH Wren drives. I've
still got a SCSI one installed and running in a 386 box.
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