dormcat wrote on 2023-11-10, 06:51:
DVD±RW drives with IDE interface do exist (I've got two) but they are not common; I wouldn't use those under DOS either.
That doesn't match my experience/recollection. Until the i965 chipset came out in summer 2006, there were NO SATA ODDs in the retail market. Zero. You could get a PATA drive in beige or black, but only PATA. To the point that all the Taiwanese mobo manufacturers included an add-on PATA controller soldered onto their boards. Maybe a few weeks after the i965 launch, SATA ODDs started hitting stores.
Meanwhile, the price of DVD burners had been plummetting for years and the speeds increasing. In maybe 2002 or 2003, it was a 4X drive for several hundred bucks. By late summer... 2004... (I can't remember if it was 2003 or 2004), I bought a LiteOn 12X (encouraged by a friend who was a leader in the LiteOn modding community who told me that drive could be flashed to the not-yet-released 16X dual layer model) for $110-130CAD. With the benefit of hindsight, I bought something like 6 months early (something I have done often) - 6 months later an official 16X drive would be quite a bit cheaper. So in the course of something like two years the speeds went from 4X to 16X and the prices were in freefall.
By 2006, I was buying a PATA 16X DVD burner for my C2D system for $45.99 CAD (still have the order confirmation). And in 2008, I bought my first SATA DVD burner for $23.98 CAD. This was the beginning of going back to a single ODD in a system - in 2001 or 2002, you were probably going for a DVD-ROM and a separate CD burner.
I suppose the large OEMs probably shipped insane quantities of elcheapo SATA DVD burners after 2o06-7 whereas a PATA drive in 2002-6 remained a relatively high-end enthusiasty option, so numbers-wise, sure, SATA drives have probably massively outnumbered PATA drives. But I think there were plenty of early C2D machines and Athlon X2 3800+ systems from 2005-6 with PATA DVD burners.