NP dude, worry not, you're at LQ.org!
You are having classical SATA problems.
The first thing you need to know about SATA devices is, that they are not mapped to hdx (where x is a,b,c,d,e etc) but to sdx.
So the first disk would be sda, the second sdb etc.
The second thing you need to know about all sata devices on linux is that they work perfectly since kernel 2.6.9, and if your livecd was concieved before that, (do a cat /proc/version and see the kernel version) they might very well not work.
For a working livecd download the gentoo one (the only one i'm certain has got the right kernel). www.gentoo.org
It's a great distro for a noob, you'll learn lots. It's a shame to start with FC or Debian, you learn noting in months. But that's just me.
Any further questions?