[Grml] Poll: PATA vs. LIBATA

Frank Terbeck ft at grml.org
Thu Apr 2 13:35:57 CEST 2009

Michael Prokop <mika at grml.org>:
> * PATA provides the old IDE subsystem (/dev/hdX), considered as
>   legacy code.
> * LIBATA is the new subsystem (/dev/sdX) with new features, but some
>   old IDE systems might not work with it.

Okay, the advantage in using PATA is backwards compatibility, which is
a good thing[tm].

The advantage of libata are the "new features".

For an educated decision, it would be good to know some drawbacks
involved when reverting from libata. In other words: what does the
user lose if grml reverts to pata?

Regards, Frank

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