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SATA drives Boot configuration in BIOS

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January 3, 2013 11:45:50 PM

Hello,Hello, i have the following issue: I have 2 SATA HD installed on my desktop. Both recognized in my computer and the computer boots up fine. Each is a clone of the other. One is a smaller 40gb and the other is a 165 gb. The larger drive(denoted as letter E in disk management) is labeled active...the smaller drive(drive C denoted as healthy)
I want to be able to go into BIOS and flip the boot sequence should i need to...should the active drive fail one day.
That's where the problem lies...when I went into Bios there is a column on the left displaying both SATA O and SATA 1 drives however, under Boot sequence in the right hand side 2 SATA drives are not displayed ...it only displays SATA hd and then floppy and then i believe cdrom
How do I get both SATA drives to display under boot order? They are both detected in BIOS by the way ...both enabled as "ON". Each is detailed as to GB and so forth...In the left hand column there isn't any way to flip-flop the order...can only highlight by up and down arrows....any help is appreciated.
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January 4, 2013 6:12:53 AM


Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

BIOS is displayking both drives - SATA 0 (zero) is the lead drive and number one is the second. I suggest you use Windows to run a dual-boot system. Every boot will require input form you as to which to go for but the day the 40Gb fails (probably from old age) you'll be able seamlessly to go into Windows using the 160Gb disk.

January 7, 2013 12:49:46 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Site Feedback to section Storage by Jpishgar
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