The origin of the phrases ATA and IDE [WAS:RE: formatting MFM drives on a IBM PC]
cisin at xenosoft.com
Wed Oct 4 14:34:07 CDT 2017
On Wed, 4 Oct 2017, Tom Gardner via cctalk wrote:
> Thanks for your research which supports my point since all your cites postdate the April 1989 date of ATA usage by the CAM committee.
> Remember this all started when someone (Fred?) posted that ATA followed IDE.
Followed by your statement that you thought that Chuck had it backwards.
I then asked for more detail.
My opinion is that they were used in parallel among different groups of
people (with occasional overlap). Official and standards V marketing and
It does not appear to be completely either an industry bastardization of a
standard, nor a codification of established industry practice.
I encountered it before I had heard about it, so I can't claim presence
during the creation of the names. And the devices themselves did not
have EITHER name labelled on them. (ST157 did have an extra label
warning not to low level format, without stating the reason)
ST506/412, RLL, ESDI required looking up part numbers just to find out
what you had! OK, an 'R' suffix on a drive number hinted RLL.
Martin Bodo had great sales of just such a dead-tree database.
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at xenosoft.com
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