I don't have any IDE drives and my only SATA hard drive is running in AHCI mode, but my initrd image loads the pata_atiixp module. Is it safe to disable this module? And what about the ata_generic onde?
To answer the first question: Yes
But anyway, it should be easy to generate a backup entry in your boot manager (with the original initrd and working kernel), in case something goes wrong.
To answer the second one - you can use
On your running systems to see, if ata_generic is loaded and if it is, which modules depend on it (look at the used by column.