Hi everyone, I have recently installed an additional HDD for back up use, the snag is that the P/c boots from this drive and not the original SATA drive. All I really want to do is change the boot sequence in BIOS but once it has started loading from the backup drive the original drive no longer shows in BIOS so I can`t change it. Any suggestions please. XP pro. Ray
"but once it has started loading from the backup drive"
restart the computer and keep tapping the delete key or doesn't this get you into the bios? then disconnect the IDE hard drive and enter the bios. Look for the entry to boot from SATA X with IDE support. this is usually under the SATA raid headings.
Depending on the BIOS the SATA drive may well be listed as a SCSI
Boot sequenc SATA / IDE To do this make the first boot device SATA if the option is available. If not you have two options: HD0 - If there are no IDE HDs present, or SCSI if you do plan on running an IDE HD as a secondary device.
OK thanks to both of you, the problem I have is not being able to find the SATA/IDE option in Bios. Motherboard is ASUS P5VD2-MX SE. Property Value BIOS Version A_M_I_ - 5000708 BIOS Date: 05/08/07 13:56:42 Ver: 08.00.12 BIOS Date: 05/08/07 13:56:42 Ver: 08.00.12 BIOS Date 05/08/07 BIOS Vendor American Megatrends Inc. Version 0602 Release 05/08/2007 BIOS Size 512 KB Characteristics - supports booting from ATAPI ZIP drive - supports booting from LS-120 - supports legacy USB - supports ACPI - Multi Processor supported by BIOS - supports INT 10 CGA/Mono video services - supports INT 17 printer services - supports INT 14 serial services - supports INT 09 and 8042 keyboard services - supports INT 05 print-screen - supports INT 13 3.5-inch/2.88M floppy services - supports INT 13 3.5-inch/720K floppy services - supports INT 13 5.25-inch/1.2M floppy services - supports Enhanced Disk Drive specification - BIOS ROM is socketed - supports selectable boot - supports booting from CD-ROM - ESCD support is available - allows BIOS shadowing - upgradeable (Flash) BIOS - supports APM - supports Plug-and-Play - supports PCI - supports ISA
Try going in to the BIOS and select the tab labeled BOOT. There should be an entry called Removable Drives. This should be present if the BIOS detects a bootable removable drive, ie your SATA one. There is probably an option in this to set it as first boot device.
In the Advanced tab make sure that SATA IDE Controller is set to SATA as well.