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#1 Mitch527

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 03:13 PM

Ok this is my first post in this forum so Hello
anyway down to business
I have one 250gb hard drive in my PC now
i put a second 60gb one in and when i start up it says there is no valid disk. If i unplug the new hard rive it works fine. How do I get it to go to the old hard drive first? Is there a setting in the BIOS that says which drive to boot from?

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 04:10 PM

OK.

What types of drives are these...PATA or SATA? If you don't know, type in the model numbers from the drives.

System manufacturer and model? If custom-built, motherboard manufacturer and model?

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 04:20 PM

SATA
MB Intel D945PVS

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 06:04 PM

OK, thanks :thumbsup:.

To answer your question in your first post...yes, there is a place in your BIOS where you must set the boot order.

Take a look in your BIOS to see what your boot order is.

If you connect a 2d drive to a connector which is the first boot option...and that second drive does not have Windows installed...you might get an error message as you received.

Do you have XP installed on each of these drives? If you don't, moving them around is not a good idea.

Are you sure that this 60GB drive is SATA?

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 07:51 PM

yes the 60gb drive is SATA also
ill check the BIOS
do i need RAID drivers or something?

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 08:11 PM

Fixed it
all i had to do was plug them in in the right order
i had them in ports 2 and 3 not 0 and 1 like it should be
thanks anyway

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Posted 21 November 2008 - 08:32 AM

<<do i need RAID drivers or something?>>

Not unless you intend to run one of the various RAID configurations available.

When you check the BIOS...do not elect any option to employ a RAID. Also do not elect any option to employ AHCI.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Host...oller_Interface

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID

Louis

Glad you solved it, happy computing :thumbsup:.

Edited by hamluis, 21 November 2008 - 08:33 AM.





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