Parallel ATA, Serial ATA, SCSI under Linux .. basics

It’s not possible to go through device management in Linux without saying a word about ATA (Advanced Technology Attachement) and SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) buses…. and of course about USB, but not in this post.

So … ATA, which is an interface standard for connecting storage devices and has been invented by IBM. But its derivate, widely known in the world of x86, is PATA (Parallel ATA) whose first version developped by Western Digital and named IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics), also a very popular acronym.

Which were its characteristics, or better said which were its drawbacks and why currently is only history?

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