|What is a SATA & IDE hard drive? They are two different types of drive architecture.|
Actually OtHill, putting my pedantic hat on, the OP is perfectly correct in referring to a SATA drive as an IDE drive although the term IDE is mistakenly used to refer to PATA drives only. The mistake probably came about because the connector connecting a PATA drive the the motherboard was called an IDE connector when PATA drives were the only ones around,
IDE stand for Integrated Drive Electronics which means the the controller card is integrated into the drive as opposed to having a separate controller card as with SCUSI drives.
With both PATA and SATA drives the electronics are integrated into the drive. The only difference is the the interface to the rest of the computer is different. Internally the drives are virtually identical with the exception of advancements that have been made since SATA became the norm and development stopped on PATA drives. SATA drives were devised because the parallel interface on PATA drives had reached the limit if its capabilities. The drive itself was quite capable of churning out data faster the the interface could handle it.
So both SATA and PATA connectors can quite correctly be referred to as IDE connectors as they both connect the IDE to the motherboard.