I'm new to using SATA. Going to put together a new system and ordered a SATA drive I want to use as my primary drive, but I also want to hook up my old IDE drive to the PATA connection. It is a 250GB drive so it is nice for some extra storage. I have 2 boot partitions on it.
So how would I go about booting to the SATA drive?
Depending on your M/board you may still have some problems just setting your sata drive as your primary boot drive in the BIOS, as a lot of of boards always default C drive (system) to the the pata/ide hdd if one is installed and detected by the BIOS, particularly if it already has an previous OP system installed.
The most painless and troublefree way is to install both drives but leave the IDE cable off your pata drive, set up your sata as your boot disk in the BIOS proceed with normal operating sytem and other required files installation, on completion of OP setup and normal bootup of system, with your sata correctly identified as C (system) drive, shut down and connect your ide cable to your pata drive and reboot, both drives should be correctly identified.
Depending on your M/board you may have to disable raid or change the sata configuration from raid to IDE prior to OP installation, also you should install the raid/IDE controller drivers on your motherboard disk or at least check if they are required. For example some ASUS boards using VIA chipsets will not run sata drives at optimum performance installed in ide configurations, after installation of the correct controller drivers the sata drive will be identified as a SCSI drive and will run at optimum performance.