Are all Ubuntu IDE drives now sda?

Rashkae ubuntu at
Fri Feb 8 01:42:45 UTC 2008

Larry Alkoff wrote:
> I've put together a Ubuntu Server edition 7.10 using a single PATA IDE 
> (not SATA) drive.
> In /etc/fstab, I specify the drives with their ssid.
> On bootup, the system is calling the partitions sda1 and sda5 (root and 
> home).
> So my question is, has Ubuntu given up the old HDA nomenclature in favor 
> of SDA in all cases of PATA and SATA drives?

No, but some IDE chipsets now default to Libata drivers in the kernel 
rather than some legacy IDE drivers.  It all depends on your chipset though.

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