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Setting a SATA drive as the boot drive

By DM_Tim
Mar 30, 2006
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  1. Howdy,

    I have a fairly new PC ( http://shop3.outpost.com/product/4650538#detailed ) that has 4 SATA ports. The original drive was is from the Western Digital SATA Caviar line http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=116&Language=en . Sadly this drive failed last weekend. I ran a utility to rebuild the master boot record, that did not allow the system to boot up. Now I am simply hoping to recover the data on it, so I picked up an identical drive, removed the old one and used the system restore DVD to recreate the system as originally configured. After that I plugged in the old drive and now every time the system boots, it tries to boot off the original drive. I've switched cables around without success and I can't seem to find anything in the BIOS for selecting the boot drive. What am I missing here?

    Regards,

    DM_Tim
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    Welcome to Techspot!

    An easy solution if your system has the right characteristics?
    Check your manuals etc and see if your system can Hot Swap the SATA's, if so disconnect the old drive and boot to windows on the new drive .
    Carefully plug in the old drive on another channel ,then just capture your files in explorer the old drive should show up.
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