I have most of the components for my computer (the power supply is still on its way- according to tracking from NewEgg it is coming from New Jersey and is in Philly today- the rest shipped from CA and got here in about a day).
Anyhow, I have used IDE or ATA drives in the past and I am reading my manual for the motherboard and it says:
So actually two questions. First, does this only apply to if I am trying to use a RAID set-up (I am starting out with one drive but would like to stick in one of my IDE drives to first copy some data (like my photos) to the new drive and also for a backup drive). This would make it extremely difficult to install an OS if this is the case for non-RAID set-ups.You must install the Windows XP Service Pack 1 before using the Serial ATA hard disc drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature is available only if you are using WIndows XP or later version.
Which brings me to the second question. Can I have a SATA drive for a main drive and an IDE for a secondary?
One more. Does it matter which drive (my DVD burner is also SATA) is plugged into which SATA port on the motherboard- ie should your first boot source (usually the DVD drive) be connected to SATA plug #1 on the motherboard? Usually you can set that in BIOS anyways. This thing has room for something like eight SATA connections. USBs all over the place too.
Thanks for the help!