The origin of the phrases ATA and IDE [WAS:RE: formatting MFM drives on a IBM PC]

Fred Cisin cisin at
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.

Actually Chuck.
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

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