Windows 7 Pro SATA and XP Pro IDE boot sequence clash
Posted on 2010-09-01
I have a boot sequence problem using one SATA HD and one IDE HD.
I have just assembled a new system with Windows 7 Pro installed on a Seagate 500Gb drive. So far so good. BIOS system information detects Primary IDE Master as the SATA drive and Primary IDE Slave as the Optical drive. Boot sequence is set to Optical drive first and then the Seagate SATA drive second. This works fine.
I wish to have the old Hard drive connected as a secondary drive in the PC for the purpose of file transfer and reference only. The old drive has Windows XP Pro on and has an IDE connector.
The new Foxconn motherboard has a single IDE socket and four SATA sockets.
So I connect the IDE drive to the only available IDE socket, check the BIOS system information (OK-it is detected as Third IDE Master) and finally the Boot sequence. But I find the SATA drive is no longer offered as a boot option – only the IDE drive can be seen. And of course on powering up, the system tries to run the old corrupted XP o/s to no useful purpose.
I could remove the IDE drive and read the files off it using a USB connection but I would much prefer to have the drive inside the PC to allow me to easily refer to it and decide what programs I need to put on the new system. Data is already saved safely. I just need XP Pro not to run and elbow Windows 7 out of the way!
Can anybody offer a solution please?