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

Paul Berger phb.hfx at
Thu Oct 5 15:27:34 CDT 2017

On 2017-10-05 4:31 PM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk wrote:
> On 10/05/2017 11:39 AM, Rich Alderson via cctalk wrote:
>> From: Chuck Guzis
>> Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 1:46 PM
>>> As an aside, I picked up a 1986 Wren II full-height manual that discussed the
>>> drive and its various interfaces.  Sadly, IDE isn't one, but SCSI is referred
>>> to as "SASI Subset"; i.e. "SCSI (SASI subset)"
>> I believe that you're reading that backwards.  What it says is that this is a
>> SCSI-compatible device which employs only the SASI subset of SCSI commands, not
>> that "SCSI" is a subset of "SASI".
> Okay, that makes sense, even if it is a bit confusing--I recall that the
> SASI disk drive protocol was pretty simple.
> --Chuck
I once had a Tecmar SASI adapter  (I still have the documentation and 
diskette) I seem to recall that it was mostly buffers which would 
suggest that most of the work was done by the device driver. The disks 
that went with it where  ST506 drives connected to Xebec S1410 bridge 
cards.   This card/device driver also supported having multiple 
initiators  so more than one PC could share that massive 10, 15 or 33MB 

The Xbec controller manual that is in the documentation suggests that 
the SASI command set was much simpler that SCSI.


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