Setting HDD boot sequence ?

  Ray5776 15:17 26 Jul 2008

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.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:58 26 Jul 2008

I take it the back up drive is IDE?

  Ray5776 16:00 26 Jul 2008

Hi Fruit Bat,
yes it is.


  Quiller. 16:08 26 Jul 2008

"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.

make and model of motherboard?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:18 26 Jul 2008

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.

  Ray5776 16:37 26 Jul 2008

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


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:40 26 Jul 2008

supports selectable boot

look in the BIOS under advanced settings

  Ray5776 16:53 26 Jul 2008

Advanced settings

USB configuration
Chipset "
Onboard devices configuration

none of which seem appropriate ?


  Ray5776 17:57 26 Jul 2008


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:07 26 Jul 2008
  Ditch999 18:13 26 Jul 2008

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.

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