SCSI - IDE

I have a PC with a SCSI Hard Disk and SCSI CDRom drive.
I have also an IDE hard disk ( 4Giga ) and I want to use it in that same PC. When I put the IDE as primary master then the pc boots from the IDE drive. When I put it as the primary slave, the PC boots from the scsi drive ( the way I want it to happen ) but I don't see ( neither does the PC ) the IDE drive. Also when I enter the BIOS at startup, the primary slave is not detected.( I have only to choices: auto or disabled ). What should I do to boot from the SCSI and be able to use the extra 4 Giga from the IDE drive? ( for the moment, both drives have an operating system on it.( WINNT ), but I wish later to reformat the IDE drive.
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harley47Commented:
setup the IDE drive as the primary master and change the boot order in your bios to SCSI first. Also you can change the boot partition in the boot.ini file for NT.


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pipiAuthor Commented:
For the moment I am not at the same place as my PC is, so I can not try out what you suggest. But as far as I remember I don't have the option in bios to choose SCSI as startup device.
But I let you know the rest off the story.
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harley47Commented:
Does the SCSI card have a Bios?  if so you can use it to bypass the computers Bios. The only other option is to figure out whats going on with the secondary IDE controler or changing the boot.ini file but changing the boot.ini the computer would still "boot" from the IDE drive.

What brand of computer is this?


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pipiAuthor Commented:
Sorry but for the moment I cannot answer this questions becuase actually it's not my pc and the owner has left for four days. The only thing I know is that the SCSI card has a BIOS ( CTRL A at startup ). I let you know as soon as I tried it out. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
You might also want to explore your Motherboard/Bios manufacturer's site (whoever/whatever that is), since there may be a BIOS update for you which supports SCSI boot.  This was the case on one of our ASUS systems with an Award BIOS.
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pipiAuthor Commented:
The motherboard is an Intel motherboard ( VS440FX chipset ) with AMIBIOS. I found a BIOS-update on the site off Intel, and I prepared a boot diskette. So I'm gone give it a try tomorrow, and I hope this BIOS version supports the choice off SCSI boot.
Thank you very much for your advises and I let you know if the operation was successfull.

Greetings,
Ben
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Good start, I encourage you to read all instructions carefully, and follow precisely.... here's a link to the site where info re. your setup may be checked further.  Normally, when new BIOS updates are released, you'll find details on the specific fixes involved.  Not all BIOS updates are needed .... I'd encourage you to read any/all BIOS updates greater than the one you have on your system, and ensure that SCSI support exists.

http://developer.intel.com/design/motherbd/genbios.htm

Listening for more.
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
When your system first boots, you can hit the PAUSE button long enough to read your BIOS version information, which is important so that you have the starting point to check your system against the updates which may have since been released for pertinence.  After hitting pause and getting all the info you need, hitting enter or pause again on most system will continue the boot and release the pause.
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/vs440fx/software.htm

CHECK THE ABOVE LINK AS WELL, SINCE THIS IS A MOTHERBOARD INTEL'S CLASSIFIED AS 'RETIRED'; THERE'S ALSO QA INFO, ETC. ON THE ABOVE link TO HELP FURTHER.
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pipiAuthor Commented:
Thanks,
these are the splaces where I found the information, and soft to prepare my boot diskette.

We'll wait and see tomorrow.( whow exciting :-)
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pipiAuthor Commented:
because of a bank holliday it took some time to try the last thing out. The upgrade off the BIOS succeeded, but it still didn't included the possibility to boot from the SCSI. So I suppose that the olny thing left is to install the operating system on the IDE disk on boot from here. Thanks again for your help.
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pipiAuthor Commented:
Because this is the first time i use experts exchange I am not quite sure what to do to give you the points, or does this happens automaticaly?
In any case you earned the points.
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harley47Commented:
Who answered you question? I see from your comment that you will boot from the IDE. You can still run the system from the SCSI. ONly the system partition has to be on the IDE drive. NT can still be installed and run from the SCSI drive.


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pipiAuthor Commented:
astaec answered my questions, so I suppose he will get the points.
Thanks anyhow for your advise, I will try this one.
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Good morning, Ben.

Glad that your situation is resolved, and that I could help.  Based on your response, I'm posting as answer the various recommendations I made in this troubleshooting process with you.  By the way, I'm a she.  

Best wishes,
Asta

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You might also want to explore your Motherboard/Bios manufacturer's site (whoever/whatever that is), since there may be a BIOS update for you which supports SCSI boot.  This was the case on one of our ASUS systems with an Award BIOS.
 

Thanks for posting your motherboard and bios information; good start, I encourage you to read all instructions carefully, and follow precisely.... here's a link to the site where info re. your setup may be checked further.  Normally, when new BIOS updates are released, you'll find details on the specific fixes involved.  Not all BIOS updates are needed .... I'd encourage you to read any/all BIOS updates greater than the one you have on your system, and ensure that SCSI support exists.

http://developer.intel.com/design/motherbd/genbios.htm 

Listening for more.
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When your system first boots, you can hit the PAUSE button long enough to read your BIOS version information, which is important so that you have the starting point to check your system against the updates which may have since been released for pertinence.  After hitting pause and getting all the info you need, hitting enter or pause again on most system will continue the boot and release the pause.

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http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/vs440fx/software.htm 

CHECK THE ABOVE LINK AS WELL, SINCE THIS IS A MOTHERBOARD INTEL'S CLASSIFIED AS 'RETIRED'; THERE'S ALSO QA INFO, ETC. ON THE ABOVE link TO HELP FURTHER.
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