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How do I change an IDE computer to a SATA?

The computer has both cables in there but the boot is set to IDE.  How do I change the boot to go to the SATA?  I don't see the option in BIOS but I might be missing something.  Any help would be great!

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PAdocITCommented:
The computer should boot to the first bootable device . Your sata port would need to have a bootable hard drive connected to it.

Example:

Boot order:
CD
IDE
SATA

If you have no bootable CD/DVD in the optical drive , CD will be skipped.
If IDE has no OS or MBR, it will be skipped.
Sata drive has an OS or MBR, PC will boot to that device.

If the Optical or IDE drive is able to boot then one of those will boot before the SATA.

If the IDE and SATA are both bootable put the SATA drive first in the list.
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garycaseCommented:
First, be sure the SATA ports are enabled (the BIOS may have the option to enable/disable them)

Next, install a hard drive on one of the SATA ports.    The BIOS boot order should then allow you to set that hard drive first in the boot order.    The boot options won't show the port types -- it will show devices [e.g. hard drive; CD, floppy, etc.].      I've never seen a BIOS that would list "IDE, SATA, etc." as suggested above :-)

Note that in some BIOS setups there's a separate submenu for hard drives where you choose the hard drive order.==>  i.e. you set the boot order with hard drive first (assuming that's your preference) ... and then you go to the hard drive submenu to choose WHICH hard drive.
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PAdocITCommented:
Correct I didn't mean that the bios would actually list them as CD, IDE, SATA. The BIOS will sometimes show the devices model name, i.e. something along the lines of WDXXXXXX if it's a Western Digital or STXXXXXX for a Seagate or as gary stated hard drive, CD, floppy, etc. It varies by bios makers. I was just speaking in generalities. Sometimes I forget I could potentially be speaking to a non-technical person.


This is very good to note, great advice gary.
Note that in some BIOS setups there's a separate submenu for hard drives where you choose the hard drive order.==>  i.e. you set the boot order with hard drive first (assuming that's your preference) ... and then you go to the hard drive submenu to choose WHICH hard drive.
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nobusCommented:
you also have to look for the typical ide, and sata setting
depending on the bios, you can find that in the main page, or in the onboard devices settings, with choices : Sata, compatible, sata enhanced, and IDE
so what motherboard model, or PC model do you have?  if you want specific info
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