Serial Advanced Technology Attachment
<storage> (SATA, Serial ATA) A computer bus technology primarily designed for transfer of data to and from a hard disk. SATA is the successor to Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA), which was given the retronym Parallel ATA (PATA) to distinguish it from Serial ATA.
Both SATA and PATA drives have built-in low level control electronics but the term IDE is usually restricted to parallel ATA drives.
(01 Jan 2007)
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