jones_supa writes: Twenty seven years after its inception, Parallel ATA standard used to connect mass storage devices to PCs, is passing away. Western Digital does not see shipping PATA hard disk drives as a good business case anymore, and is immediately ceasing the production of all the six models in its remaining PATA line-up. So long, and thanks for all the bits. Looking forward, it is interesting to note that even Serial ATA interface as we know it is about to get a (backwards-compatible) replacement in the next couple of years. Next year numerous makers of mainboards will start to implement Serial ATA Express (SATA Express) interface with up to 2GB/s bandwidth, a considerable increase over 0.6GB/s bandwidth offered by the SATA 6Gb/s standard.