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Windows 7: Inspiron 1720 BIOS does not recognize modular bay HDD in boot sequence

02 Apr 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Inspiron 1720 BIOS does not recognize modular bay HDD in boot sequence

I have just added a new SSD drive in the modular bay of my Inspiron 1720. The SSD drive in modular bay is accessible if I boot using my normal harddrive or USB DVD-ROM drive (for OS installation, which I managed to install on the SSD drive). Once boot, using my regular HDD 1, I can see the drive is set to Disk 0 in Windows Disk Management. And my other HDDs as Disk 1 and Disk 2. I can boot thru HDD 1 or HDD 2, by selecting them in boot sequence.

However, the SSD drive is not available as part of the boot sequence in the BIOS setup or F12 boot sequence. The BIOS though recognize that there is an SSD drive attached in modular drive bay.

My Inspiron 1720 is using the latest A09 BIOS and I could not find a way to include the SSD as part of the boot sequence. The boot sequence works when I put back the DVD-ROM drive which boots without any problem with any bootable CD/DVD.

Is there any way I can make the modular bay SSD bootable, other than of course putting the SSD in the HDD 1 or HDD 2 caddy, which some thing I do not wish to do.

Please help.

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02 Apr 2015   #2

Windows 10 64 bit

I don't think so.

But, this would be best asked on the Dell Laptop forum, where there are those more familiar with Dell products and BIOS.

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07 Apr 2015   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I did post the same questions on Dell Forum, but so far one responded saying that it might not be possible
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