How to ensure PC boots from correct hard disk

  Jem 00:10 14 Jun 2007

I am going great guns with my rebuild and have successfully loaded XP onto my rebuilt PC with the new m/b and new SATA disk drive.

I now want to add in my old (PATA, EIDE) disk drive so I can copy across files on this disk before then eventually reformatting it as a new drive. Because it was the old drive from when the PC went "Phut", it also has the previous (old) XP installation so is bootable.

My question. How will the PC know not to boot off this drive when I switch it on? I couldn't see any setting in bios which distinguished the boot order between different hard drives. (The new SATA drive is connected to SATA 1 on m/b; the old drive to EIDE 2 with jumpers set to "slave".)

Thanks for any advice.

  ashdav 01:03 14 Jun 2007

The computer will automatically boot from SATA1.
You can set the boot device in the BIOS.

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