I currently have a 250GB SATA Hard Drive and i am considering installing another hard drive but i am a little confused as to whether i could install a PATA or IDE hard drive to work alongside the SATA hard drive i am using at the moment. Thanks for any and all help and advice.
It could be a(nother) SATA device, the choice is yours.
But if you install an IDE hard drive, and it's the only one on that particular IDE port (Primary or Secondary), it should really be set to be the Master device. (Sorry to contradict, Fingees, but we had probs with a drive set to Slave; see below).
To illustrate that in more detail, here's the sitch on the machine I'm presently using:
SATA port 1 - The main (SATA) hard drive. SATA port 2 - (not used). IDE Primary port - IDE hard drive, set as /Master./ IDE Secondary port - two CD/DVD devices, set as Master and Slave. HTH.