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December 9, 2005, 8:04 am
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Since that drive letter has caused problems for some programs I
decided to do a clean install on a new SATA drive and then
transferring my stored media from the old drive. XP booted without a
hitch and the new drive showed up as drive C:.
After re-connecting the old drive as IDE master with an optical drive
as slave and changing my BIOS to boot from SCSI device, the system
booted straight into the old installation as Drive G and relegated the
SATA drive to Drive D:
The BIOS does not have an optoin to boot from SATA even though it did
so when that was the only drive attached and I had installed the SATA
driver during the XP installation. I have tried switching the BIOS to
boot from HD0/HD1 and to no avail, I am still only booting into drive
G; (older install).
Any ideas or suggestions appreciated.
Re: Using SATA and IDE together will only boot from IDEdrive
The drive letters only apply to the specific installation running at the
time as that information is stored in the registry on the drive that
booted. Point is, once it boots from the SATA drive it'll use the
assignments made in *that* installation and not the ones you're seeing on
the IDE master.
It seems your motherboard is defaulting to an IDE boot when it sees both an
IDE Master on the primary IDE channel and SATA drive so don't make anything
an IDE master on the primary IDE channel.
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