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How do I change the boot order of my hard drives in Dell A03 BIOS?

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August 27, 2013 5:38:10 AM

Hi guys/gals,

I'm having a little problem with my Dell A03 (or AO3) BIOS configurations. I have a Dell Optiplex 220 with the above BIOS version. It's possible for me to select a boot order for the following: (internal drive, CD-Rom, Floppy Disk etc.) but I can't figure out how to choose which internal hard drive to boot from.

I have the following drives installed into my computer:
1) 149GB Seagate ST3160212AS
2) 932GB Seagate ST1000VX000-1CU162

So basically I have windows installed on the 149GB drive. When both drives are plugged in, it tries to boot up from the 932GB drive (even though there is no os installed on it). Upon pressing F1 to continue after a message saying there's no boot disk available, nothing happens, even when the smaller drive with windows is also plugged in. It's highly irritating as I have to unplug the 932GB drive every time when I boot up the computer, just so it will boot off the smaller drive. Then once the computer starts up, I need to plug the larger drive back in (while computer is running! which isn't very safe, nor is it good for the hard drive I assume). Then go to comp management and rescan disks just so I can use that hard drive.

What can I do to solve this problem?
a b G Storage
August 27, 2013 8:54:09 AM

sorry for the triple post.. eesh
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a b G Storage
August 27, 2013 8:54:11 AM

Go into Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management and make sure that the larger drive is not flagged as Boot or Primary Parition.

It looks like that drive is a SATA drive so it shouldn't have jumpers. If it's not SATA, it could be that the jumpers are set to either cable select or slave, which means that the cable order determines the primary drive or the jumper will need to be moved to signify that the smaller drive is the master.
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August 27, 2013 11:41:06 AM

itdataman said:
Go into Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management and make sure that the larger drive is not flagged as Boot or Primary Parition.

It looks like that drive is a SATA drive so it shouldn't have jumpers. If it's not SATA, it could be that the jumpers are set to either cable select or slave, which means that the cable order determines the primary drive or the jumper will need to be moved to signify that the smaller drive is the master.


Yeah the larger drive as well as the smaller drive are both marked as a primary partition. What can I do to make it a secondary (or however you call it) partition?
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a b G Storage
August 27, 2013 1:17:25 PM

scallanan said:
Yeah the larger drive as well as the smaller drive are both marked as a primary partition. What can I do to make it a secondary (or however you call it) partition?


Which one is set as the Boot?

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