And IF you can read what he just wrote, you are doing better than I am...
Basically, no, you do not have to change your motherboard. Your motherboard is capable of handling both SATA and IDE. SATA is faster, but can give you issues while installing your O/S esp if you don't have a floppy drive. And SATA hard drives are a tad more expensive than IDE's.
But I haven't noticed much difference in performance and I've run my operating system off both types. Maybe if I had a Raid array, it would make a big difference but a single SATA doesn't. As far as a single SATA, it acts as if it's just another hard drive in the system with the exception of adding the hardware during setup.
If you want to set it up, there are many threads on the site dealing with the subject. Just search on SATA and you will find several without having to start a new one. Liz
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