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Windows 7: Changing HDD Channels in BIOS

22 Jul 2012   #1
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Changing HDD Channels in BIOS

My master boot drive is on Ch0 (IDE) my SSD is on Ch4 (SATA) in the bios. How do I get my SSD to Ch0 so it's seen as the Windows Boot Drive (Master) for Windows to Boot, it is just a matter of it plugged into the right SATA port on the board ? I've had situations like this before, forgot how to solve


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23 Jul 2012   #2
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

There is no priority or hierarchy to drive position in SATA. All hard disks are treated as equal drives and it is the OS that determines the boot priority. But if you want the SSD to be recognized in the BIOS as ch0 then be sure to plug it into SATA port 1 on the motherboard.

I'm curious that you have one drive in legacy IDE mode on a SATA controller with an SSD drive. It is recommended that SSD's be run in AHCI mode on SATA controllers. This does not address your problem, but it makes me wonder if you have a PATA controller on the motherboard and an old IDE hard drive connected to it?

If there was an operating system installed on the "IDE" drive previously and you have since installed an OS on the SSD then that may explain why you are having the problem. A better description of your system and what you have done would help. If you could post a screenshot of your Disk Management window then we could see what is going on in a second.
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23 Jul 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The default boot drive is set in the BIOS setup (the function key to enter the setup is displayed on the BIOS splash screen). Since each BIOS is different, it is hard to give you precise instructions. Just look thru the different BIOS tabs and you will find it. Read the instructions usually displayed on the right side.
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23 Jul 2012   #4
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I checked the BIOS. I have Ch0 and Ch4 both as Masters, but the HDD on Ch0 boots Windows, the SSD on Ch4 is the drive I want to boot into Windows, but it doesn't.
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23 Jul 2012   #5
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff View Post
I checked the BIOS. I have Ch0 and Ch4 both as Masters, but the HDD on Ch0 boots Windows, the SSD on Ch4 is the drive I want to boot into Windows, but it doesn't.
Windows has to be installed on the SSD for it to boot from it.
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23 Jul 2012   #6
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff View Post
I checked the BIOS. I have Ch0 and Ch4 both as Masters, but the HDD on Ch0 boots Windows, the SSD on Ch4 is the drive I want to boot into Windows, but it doesn't.
Windows has to be installed on the SSD for it to boot from it.
It is.
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23 Jul 2012   #7
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you've installed it there then you've got to tell your BIOS to boot from it (disregard Master/Slave and look for boot priority in the BIOS).
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23 Jul 2012   #8
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
If you've installed it there then you've got to tell your BIOS to boot from it (disregard Master/Slave and look for boot priority in the BIOS).
I tried that, I can't change it, I can't make the SSD the main boot priority.
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23 Jul 2012   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Disconnect the older HDD, and then see if Windows boots. If not, then the installation to the SSD is faulty.........did you physically disconnect the old HDD before installing Windows to the SSD?
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24 Jul 2012   #10
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Some specs on your machine might help. ("It's a computer" is not quite enough to go on.)
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