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Adding IDE for data storage to SATA boot

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Last response: in Storage
March 9, 2006 2:45:33 PM

I just installed a new SATA hard drive to my system. It copied all the files from the existing old IDE boot drive drive and set itself up just fine. I had another IDE hard drive that I was using as a data drive. I had disconnected all the IDE hard drives once the copy was done to the boot drive. The SATA drive booted just fine and I had no issues. When I went back to connect up the old data IDE drive I got the "NTLDR is missing" error. Is the system trying to boot off the data IDE drive instead of the SATA? Is there something in the BIOS that I need to change?

System Specs:

Athlon 64 3000+ 939
ABIT AV8 motherboard
Western Digital 160 GB SATA - boot drive
Maxtor 120 GB IDE - data drive
1 GB Geil Value RAM - Dual Channel
Lite-On DVD
ATI X1600 Pro 512MB AGP Video

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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a c 427 G Storage
March 9, 2006 3:03:50 PM

You may need to change the boot order in your bios and set sata before IDE.
March 12, 2006 4:35:21 AM

just setup all your boot order options in the bios again.

my abit board freaks out and resets itself to default behavior of booting to IDE first whenever I add or remove an IDE drive from my system which has an SATA boot drive. it's really irritating since I do a lot of swapping with a lot of drives from time to time. I have the latest BIOS though I'm hoping for a fix one day in a future revision, I doubt it's even a concern for them since your average folk won't be swapping drives all the time; and it could even be *gasp* by design for some strange reason...