|"Is this board SATA ready..."|
Aspire T180 Specifications
nVidia MCP61S + MCP61P
3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive (selected models)
CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD/CD-RW Combo, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD Dual, DVD SupermultiPlus (varies by models)
Up to 400GB Hard Disk Drive SATA (varies by models)
9 in 1 Card Reader (selected models)
The size of the hard drive varies by model - they all have the SATA headers.
If you're already using both SATA headers you can also install up to two IDE drives, or you could install a PCI-E X1 or a PCI SATA drive controller card and connect SATA drives to that.
"Acer T180 with HT 2000 MCP61SM-AM................motherboard.."
The mboard is the ECS MCP61SM-AM OEM only model - made only for brand name system builders - ECS has no support for it - there is no specific manual available for it.
However, there are pictures of it on the web.
Ecs MCP61SM-AM mboard picture
E.g. Orange connectors beside the heat sink on the right are the SATA headers
You don't need to enter a serial number on the Acer web site to find the general support for it - you just need to look for downloads for Desktop - Aspire - T180
You may need to choose the right reginal Acer web site in order for the serial number or SNID to be recognized as valid.
All Acer ever has for manuals are generic. El-cheapo computer, el-cheapo support.
In this case there's a Generic User Gude, and a User Manual there.
If you need more specific info, you look at a manual for a retail ECS mboard made at about the same time, that is using the same, or a similar, main chipset.
Mboard manufacturers tend to use the same pin outs for headers of mboards that were made at about the same time, and the pin outs for some headers such as for USB are often the same for many years.
Search using: ECS motherboard MCP61S + MCP61P
MCP61M-M3 (V7.0/ V7.1)
Download the manual for that and look at it.