I have always used IDE as I wanted to wait for SATA to go down in price and become more common. I have 2 SATA connectors on my MSI? motherboard and the normal 2 cd drives and 2 harddrives IDE spots. I unplugged the IDE as it had a virus and figured I would jump to the Caviar Black 1tB SATA. I plugged it in and installed the operating system on it. Worked fine. Then I wanted to transfer my backups from my other SATA backup and IDE HD's to the new one. i plugged them in separately, first the IDE. Wouldn't go past boot screen as it said to install boot system drive. I unplugged and tried the SATA and said the same thing.
What is the deal with the operating system on the SATA instead of the IDE and doing this? I didn't see anything in the BIOS saying which HD to boot to, just has hard drive, CDROM, Floppy, you know, the normal. Not SATA HD or HD 0 or HD 1. Nothing like the new ones have. Is it possible that I can't have the operating system (XP) on the SATA and have access to the other SATA and IDE channels? I'm throughly confused...please help me.