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SATA Harddrive

Hi
I installed a new drive through SATA connection. This is my first SATA drive. When I start my PC. I see primary drive as the DVD drive and secondary CD drive, which ofcourse are connected to the primary on the motherboard, then on secondary i have my zip drive.
The thing is I am used to regular harddrive which I connect to primary and that is my main boot drive.

Now with SATA connection, how do I make it my main drive. I am not sure how this is going to effect the system, new with SATA. Can you tell me how to do this. I want harddrive to be primary. Thank you:)
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atwork2003
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CallandorCommented:
If this is a recent motherboard, there should be a setting in the BIOS that lets you choose the boot device: floppy, hard drive, optical.  Choose hard drive and then choose the SATA drive.  If you post the motherboard, we can check if these features are available for you.
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cbmmCommented:
bios will detect the sata drive as a hard drive if sata is in regular mode. all you have to change the boot order in the bios. if the sata is in raid mode, you will have to set the bios to boot from a scsi drive. you will aslo have to load the OS with raid drivers during the installation, ex. hitting the f6 key at xp installation and load the drivers off a floppy. whats the motherboard model number
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atwork2003Author Commented:
Thank you for your help

Here is the motherboard link

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131142
Can you explain what to do step wise?Thank you:)
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nobusCommented:
here the manual :  http://dlsvr01.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/socket775/P5N-E%20SLI/e2968_P5N-ESLI.pdf
on pg 2-19 it says that sata drives are detected automatic
connect the drive to the sata 1 connector (+pwr connector)
under advanced section, check that raid is disabled, as per pg 2-33
in the boot menu, set the device you want to boot from first - you can also disable the others, or move them down
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atwork2003Author Commented:
ok, I will try this from home today. Please keep a look out for my port:)

Thank you so much
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atwork2003Author Commented:
That worked. One more question, why disable raid. what does it do? thank you so much:)
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nobusCommented:
raid is a system that allows you to use  a combination of disks to increase space, or speed, or both
raid = redundant array of inexpensive disks
more info :  http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redundant_Array_of_Independent_Disks
so if you don't use it, disable it...
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CallandorCommented:
When you have RAID enabled, the controller looks for a RAID array, which it will not find since you didn't set one up.  By disabling it, you are telling the controller not to look for one.
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atwork2003Author Commented:
thank you so much for explaining the concept in so much detail, appreciate it very much:)
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atwork2003Author Commented:
Exceptional detailed responses. Great support. Thank you
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nobusCommented:
no problem, you're welcome !
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