Apologies if this is slightly OT for this forum, but I couldn't find a more appropriate one.
My current mainboard, based on the nForce 4 Ultra chipset, has its SATA ports natively listed as IDE channels, which I find very useful since I don't have to mess with drivers when installing Windows, and on the rare occasions when I need to boot with something else like a disk utility or an older OS, it can see all my ATA drives without further complication.
This was actually a major improvement over the old Radeon xPress 200P based board, where I found the effective use of SATA drives in this way to be virtually impossible, to the point where I needed a PATA drive to install Windows and things like the Maxtor Utility, Partition Magic Rescue Utility, and so on, simply could not see the Maxtor Serial ATA HD that I had at that time.
So it doesn't take a genious to figure out which approach I prefer.
But I was browsing an article on Wikipedia today and came across this:
In early motherboard implementations of SATA, backward compatibility allowed SATA drives to be used as drop-in replacements for PATA drives, even without native (driver-level) support at the operating system level.
:eek: Early implementations?
So what is the story with modern implementations of SATA on newer mainboards? If this native support for SATA as IDE channels has been abandoned, why?