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    Western Digital to Stop Shipping PATA Hard Drives

    Source: TechPowerUp

    Western Digital is expected to end shipments of parallel-ATA (PATA or legacy ATA) hard drives from 29 December 2013. The company maintained a small lineup of PATA hard drives in its product stack, to cater to people with older laptops looking for hard drive upgrades, and whoever else may be using the old standard that was blasted into obsolescence exactly a decade ago, with the introduction of SATA and AHCI. Product discontinuation notifications (PDNs) for the company's last Caviar PATA hard drives, bearing model numbers WD800AAJB (80 GB), WD1600AAJB (160 GB), WD2500AAJB (250 GB), WD3200AAJB (320 GB), WD4000AAJB (400 GB), and WD5000AAJB (500 GB) were issued this may, soliciting the last orders from OEMs and distributors. The last of those orders will be fulfilled by the 29th, when the drives will enter end-of-life (EOL) state. The company will only honor active warranties from then on.

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    Good riddens. Too slow these days.

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    I assumed everyone already had!

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    Quote Originally Posted by free780 View Post
    Good riddens riddance.
    Indeed.

    Quote Originally Posted by free780 View Post
    Too slow these days.
    We have quite a few old PCs with PATA HDDs in them. If Seagate follows suit it could make buying replacements difficult, although that could be used as an excuse to replace the entire computer.

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    Do the pcs have floppy drives? Or a flux capicator?

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    Quote Originally Posted by free780 View Post
    Do the pcs have floppy drives? Or a flux capicator?
    Thought optical drives were replacing floppy drives ? I'm not even going to try and get upto 88mph as I'd most likely get a speeding ticket / fined / points etc ( sods law )

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    According to apple optical drives are dead. Yet people still put parrell ports on motherboards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Indeed.


    We have quite a few old PCs with PATA HDDs in them. If Seagate follows suit it could make buying replacements difficult, although that could be used as an excuse to replace the entire computer.
    Just buy a £3 sata card off ebay.

    Having spent many hours wiping HDD's I can tell you that there is a masssive performance difference between Identical physical units running PATA vs SATA drive electronics.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by free780 View Post
    Do the PCs have floppy drives?
    Nope. They're not that old!

    Unfortunately we have a lot of Core 2 Duo laptops purchased mid-2007 that came with PATA HDDs (from RM ). If they could be upgraded with SSDs, performance wouldn't be that bad. We'll have to get rid of them now.

    Quote Originally Posted by free780 View Post
    According to Apple, optical drives are dead.
    They are dead.

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    Yet people still put parallel ports on motherboards.
    For some reason the PC industry loves legacy ports. Serial, parallel, VGA and DVI ports should be banished from existence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twin--turbo View Post
    Just buy a £3 sata card off eBay.
    I wish we could do that. Sadly, they're laptops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    I wish we could do that. Sadly, they're laptops.
    Buy an IDE SSD or an IDE to 2.5" to Msata converter and Msata drive.

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    Ide ssd. Its like putting a jet engine in a skoda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twin--turbo View Post
    Buy an IDE SSD
    Most of them are rubbish though.

    Quote Originally Posted by twin--turbo View Post
    or an IDE to 2.5" to mSATA converter and mSATA drive.
    I think I'll try one of these plus a 2.5" SATA SSD. At least the SSD could be re-used somewhere else.

    Given the age of the computers however, I think the money might be better spent towards their replacements.

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    That Asaka thingy looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Most of them are rubbish though.


    I think I'll try one of these plus a 2.5" SATA SSD. At least the SSD could be re-used somewhere else.

    Given the age of the computers however, I think the money might be better spent towards their replacements.
    Presume that is similar to ( not the same ) as the OWC Data Doubler ( Mount 2.5 ) - although converting the optical drive connectors ( power & or data ) to SATA power and data ?



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