<<I have read on another site after googleing this problem that there is a problem within windows with hooking up both IDE and SATA, is this true or not.>>
One thing to always remember...about anything you see on the Internet...is that humans express a lot of inaccurate things on the Web, just as there is a great deal of factual information.
I'm sure that I could find a site where someone still persists in believing that the world as we know it...is flat. That does not make that person's premise valid.
I know of no "problem within windows with hooking up both IDE and SATA" but I don't know everything, nor try to.
I have two desktops with motherboards supporting both types of devices and I've not seen any evidence of a problem caused by such. Is it really feasible to believe that standard motherboard makers...would make boards with both types of connections...if there were an inherent problem with using such?
To format a new drive, you can use Windows Disk Management function, Disk Management - http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm
Although My Computer/Explorer cannot "see" an unformatted hard drive...Disk Management sees any drive which is properly connected to the motherboard. Soooo...even though a drive may not show up in My Computer, it may be reflected in Disk Management. It will also be reflected in the BIOS.http://www.xpmaximized.com/archives/xp-usb...ve-format-.html
As I stated, Windows will not/cannot recognize a drive which is attached...until that drive is formatted. Formatting is what allows Windows to determine that there is hard drive space which can be used for storing data.
There is a free utility which can be used to clone/copy a drive, which I suggest that you take a look at: EASEUS Partition Master is a magic partition manager software for Windows 2000-XP-Vista-2003- - http://www.partition-tool.com/