Vista, Linux (or a modern OS) know about SATA. Windows XP and earlier needs you to research or get Dell to tell you how to install.
I didn't see you supply a link to the Dell documentation so be sure to scour that too.
I've played mix and match on SATA, IDE but the lesson I've learned is to be flexible. If it's not working, go back to IDE.
Main Board Intel 865G
Would like to replace E-IDE HD CS with a SATA HD. Two SATA ports visible on the motherboard. CD/DVD Player currently hooked to IDE (Possibly SATA potential). If I plug the SATA HD into the SATA on the motherboard will it be recognized?
Will the CD/DVD continue to be recognized so that I might install a fresh XP Pro installation? Or could I run the CD/DVD player to the 2nd SATA hook on the motherboard? Would it be recognized?
I'm aware of the possible BIOS setting changes that might have to be done. Would I also have to load drivers to gain recognition and would there be a paticuliar order that should occur?