so, here I am sitting here at a LAN party, trying to solve this problem. I bought a 500gb WD IDE drive for $50 from one of the people sitting near me, hooked it up and when I booted, I found that it took longer than usual to detect the harddrives.when this finally finished, I pressed F9 in my bios to select the boot device, selected my main drive (160gb WD SATA drive) and it said "unable to boot, to continue, enter a bootable operating system disc" or something along those lines. to avoid the problem, I unhooked the IDE ribbon cable, turned my computer on, it booted as normal, once I got into windows I connected the IDE ribbon cable, went to control panel, went to add hardware and selected the drive. I then formatted it (previous owner had a windows install and etc on there, I am only going to use it for storage) and it worked fine, copied a bunch of files over to it, installed some things to it, worked wonderfully for the next day (msot of today) however, about 5 minutes ago somone tripped over my power cable and unplugged it, so I had to restart, and it still did the same slow booting with the same error when I tried to boot. my friend sitting next to me says you can't have an SATA and IDE harddrive installed in the same system because they will conflict with each other, however I thought I recalled somone having a SATA main drive with a bunch of IDE drives for storage any solution to this problem? tl;dr: is it possible to have an SATA drive and an IDE drive in the same system, if so, how?