formatting MFM drives on a IBM PC

Fred Cisin cisin at
Thu Sep 28 20:03:59 CDT 2017

On Thu, 28 Sep 2017, Chuck Guzis via cctalk wrote:
> IDE used to be called "ATA" - "AT Attachment"; i.e. something tailored
> to the PC AT (5170) 16-bit ISA bus.

For a little while, there were also available some 8 bit IDE cards and 
I think that Compaq may have been the first customer for the Western 
Digital IDE "Integrated Drive Electronics"

> What I find perplexing is the acronym "SATA" for "Serial ATA".  The name
> would imply that a drive can be connected to a 5170, but I'm not aware
> of any SATA adapters for the 5170 PC/AT.

It evolved, and the name persisted, in spite of no longer being 

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