how to modify BIOS settings from within Windows

Posted on 2012-08-29
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Last Modified: 2012-08-30
this could be uber stupid, but gotta ask.  Is there a way to modify the BIOS settings from within windows 7, or Server 2008?  This would be nice where you add a drive in a system that  doesn't have a monitor, like a server or application server.

Thanks guys.
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Depends on the Mobo and the tools available.  Can you specify if it's a Dell, HP, Asus, etc?

Not sure I understand what you mean by "Adding a drive in the system that doesn't have a monitor."  Are you trying to view the SMART stats?  Or attaching a USB device or something?  Modifying the BIOS shouldn't be necessary if you're hot adding a drive to a system.
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No way to do that, unless yo have a good raid controller which supports hotplug and has a windows utility. For servers with no monitor we have a little thing called KVM switch which allows us to use 1 monitor/keyboard/mouse to manage 4-8-16 servers depending on the switch make/model.

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when i add a drive I need to enable it in the bios, I hate dragging in a monitor, keyboard and mouse.

This is a general question so no on what mother board/bios/raid setup.

I figured it was a loosing battle, i just figured I would ask.

If it's a no just let me know.
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 2000 total points
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Generally speaking the answer is NO.  There are (I believe) some MSI motherboards that allow some bios settings to be setup via windows.

You should not have to change the bios settings when adding / removing a drive.. just power down.. add/remove drive and power up.. if the boot sequence hasn't changed then you can just boot up and away you go, and go into diskmgmt.msc and do what you need to.

Changing drives is not usually a daily occurrence.

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Thanks, I usually need to enable the sata port, I was pretty sure that was the answer, but wanted to know.  Not it's not a daily deal, usually weekly when you have almost a hundred sites to manage.

Thanks guys.

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