Thank you Husse. I don't think I have SATA. My motherboard only has PATA, IDE, ATA/100. So my drives are ATA/100. I tried an ATA/133 Maxtor once and my motherboard BIOS couldn't work with it.
Ubuntu, Fedora and Sabayon also see my drives as SATA and so see my first drive (boot drive) as sda. Mandriva 2008.0 and Debian see my drives as PATA, IDE and so see my first drive as hda. It just seems to depend on which installer is used.
So, Ubuntu is based on Debian, Fedora on RedHat, Saybon on Gentoo, Mandriva on RedHat, Mint on Ubuntu and Debian is just Debian. But, only Mandriva installs like Debian. My head hurts. I wonder why some see them as SATA and others see them as PATA, IDE?