If the IDE adapter does not provide the function for the system to boot from it, then you simply can't boot from it.
Thanks for your response. I've read elsewhere on there that with by using the adapter that the ide controller simply wouldn't know what it was connected to. But if that's the case how can I find an adapter that supports booting - looking around I don't see that any of the adapters draw the distinction between being bootable or not.
So, is there a setting within the sata ssd itself that makes it behave like it's IDE? The drive itself is a plextor PX 128 M5S.
Also, I do know that the IDE adapter at least works. I can plug the drive into a PC via an IDE slot and it is recognized and usable via. I just can't figure out why on this NBX 100 machine it won't "take".
I'm not looking for a card - the machine isn't a regular PC but rather a NBX 100 voip (http://www.3comphones.com/3c10111.htm) so the only slots are the ones that the blades insert into and the port for an ide cable to plug into. I have a bi-directional sata / ide adapter.
No need to apologize - I'm just looking for help and any input is welcome, so thank you.