Originally posted by lazerman
Only thing for SATA is that you have to install the drivers wen intsalling Windows, which, if you miss the prompt just after it starts unpacking files then you have to wait until it can't find your hdd before you have to reboot and start over.
This is only true for certain motherboards. It depends on the SATA controller. I've worked with some motherboards, where windows sees the SATA at installation. Others, you need to press F6 when prompted and install the SATA drivers during installation.
SATA is better then IDE in my opinion. Not for performance reasons, but for ease of installation. The cables are very small and thin, increasing airflow inside the case. They look nicer then a 40 pin ribbon cable. There's no jumpers to mess with. The SATA's are hot swappable. They allow for RAID ARRAYS, with an onboard controller. I only use SATA in all my builds. IDE is out... Bye.