Word from Seagate has it that they are (slowly but surely) phasing out IDE based hard drives, though this isn't exactly surprising given the advantages of SATA and how long it's been around for now.
The Inq have the scoop.
CHANNEL SOURCES said Seagate has briefed them that it's the end of the road for IDE hard drives. Or files, as IBM ludicrously continued to call them for years. Nearly all top end drives are likely to go the serial ATA (S-ATA) route by the end of the year.
Parallel ATA has had a long run but will soon follow eight inch floppy drives, 5.25-inch drives and 3.5-inch floppies on the road to nowhere. Channel sources said Seagate roadmaps show IDE is at the end of the, er, road.