H. Peter Anvin (
1 Dec 1998 02:25:30 GMT

Followup to: <Pine.LNX.3.96.981130204716.274F-100000@mirkwood.dummy.home>
By author: Rik van Riel <>
In newsgroup:
> > The 2.1.x series kernel thinks that my IDE drive is an ATA DISK:
> But it /is/ an ATA disk... IM(NOM)HO 2.1 reports the Right Thing.
> ATA = AT Attachement. This is the official term for the
> protocol used to communicate between the IDE interface
> (it usually can't be considered a controller, with the
> notable exception of the 'modern' DMA ones) and the
> drive.

Technically speaking, neither IDE/ATA nor SCSI have "controllers";
they have "host adapters". In both cases the controller proper sits
on the drive itself.


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