New SATA drive with old IDE
Hey, I have an IDE optical drive connected w/ an IDE hdd. I have removed the IDE hdd and want to install a fresh SATA hdd by booting my win7 disc from my (IDE) optical drive. Is this possible?
Yes it is. A couple of points
1) IDE supports two devices on a cable, one configured as Primary and one as Secondary (this used to be Master and Slave, but a court in California ruled that this language was not permissible). When you remove the IDE HDD, you have to make sure that the optical drive is set to Primary; this is usually done with a jumper and less often determined by the actual position on the cable.
2) The Win7 drive has to be a full version. If it's the manufacturer's recovery disk it may not work.
You have already hit one one of the most important things: When you install to the SATA drive, the IDE drive must be disconnected. I would recommend setting the SATA controller to AHCI mode instead of the default IDE mode before doing the install; it will make your life easier when you upgrade to an SSD.