hello- my father needs more hard disk space on his comp for storing digital photography and desktop publishing material. his main/only hard drive is ide. i need to see if his fairly new computer (several months old) can run SATA, but if it can: would it be easier to add a 2nd drive as a sata? or is it easier to add a slave ide disk? to me, it seems like it would be easier to add sata: just plug it in and format it. no need to arrange jumpers and no need to figure out how to get data cable neatly plugged into two drives. typically does bios look for an ide drive as boot, or would it look to the sata first (i guess it doesn't matter; it won't find boot files on sata and would progress to ide).