I was used to building pcs for myself with IDE. Now I see everything is SATA. I take it a setup consisting of a HDD for the OS, a HDD for my data, and two optical drives, will all live comfortably on a mobo just like all my IDEs used to?
Having 2 sata hard drives would the system try to use them as an array? or can they be used independantly as i intend??
Set up is as simple as plugging the device in . And marvelling at how the inside of the case doesnt look like a tangled mess of wires
RAID arrays are set up in BIOS first .
As is AHCI mode to add all the performance features . [ many boards default to "IDE mode" which works with windows XP without using a floppy to add a SATA driver]
From my understanding old IDE stuff shares channels limiting the number of devices and you have to play with the bios more and master/slave mode. Each Sata devices operate on its own channel offering far more bandwidth.
Maybe Linus can explain it better? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvZr8Pr3_vE