Solved SATA disk present in BIOS MAIN tab, but is missing in BOOT t

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June 18, 2017 at 05:20:23
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit, ntel Core i3 2120 - 3.30 GHz-4GB / 4GB DDR3 Ram
I want to change SATA disks, but cannot get it done on the two PCs. All are set primary. However, if I run the BIOS setup utility of the ASUS M2N-MX motherboard I see in the MAIN tab that the SATA disk is placed on SATA 1, but when I go to the BOOT tab, the SATA disk is not there, so I cannot set it to boot from that disk.

How can I get the SATA disk to appear in the BOOT tab ?(2760) 20170618_135622.jpg

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June 18, 2017 at 05:22:04
I am sorry, tried to insert the photos of the tabs, but apparently didn't know how to attacht these *.jpg files

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June 18, 2017 at 06:50:17
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Are you swapping HDDs from one PC to another with Windows pre-installed? The main problem is likely your BIOS settings but even if you get them corrected, it's likely you won't be able to boot into Windows. You generally cannot swap drives from one PC to another due to the differences in hardware configurations. You will probably have to boot off the Windows disc & run a repair.

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June 18, 2017 at 07:44:36
We have no facility on here to post pictures but you can use this freebie:
[I've had no trouble with the website]

Just post on here the URL that hey give you and we can go to it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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June 18, 2017 at 08:13:51
Actually, there is a way to view images in the forums, but your CN account has to be set to "Images are ON". You didn't put a space between the last character in the text & the image so I suspect that's the problem.

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June 18, 2017 at 08:39:49
"All are set primary."

Note that the concepts of "primary" and "secondary" do not apply to SATA drives. All are of equal status.

That's a very old motherboard, and it is possible that the BIOS doesn't allow booting from a SATA drive. Check that you have the most up-to-date BIOS. Also, have a look at this YouTube video:

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June 18, 2017 at 08:51:22
Answer to riider: That is exactly what I am trying to do ! I wanted to put LINUX Mint on a canaballised PC, I received from my neighbour and which did not have a SATA disk in it. .

My old PC had two SATA disks and I wanted to take one (1), which had Win7 on it and put it in the second, canaballised PC (2). So, as I said above, before removing the disk I wanted to to transfer, after making that disk also primary with MinidiskTool, I took it and installed Win7 anew on the remaining SATA disk (2) without a problem.

As had forgotten to transfer some important files from the disk I took out, I disconnected disk 2 and reconnected disk 1 and then the problem started.

I understand that it means that I have to re-install the OSs. How do I do that when the BIOS doesn't recognise them any more in both PCs. Can you give me advice ?

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June 18, 2017 at 20:21:22
In many older BIOS' you have to set the individual drives as bootable or not bootable in one place (usually where the SATA and IDE drive info is) and then you will see the bootable drives in boot options in another place entirely. Many of them are different so you have to look around a bit for it. I hope this helps.
Yes, you really need to install Windows while the drive is connected to the computer that it will be running in. There may sometimes be other options but it is rarely easy and not worth the trouble. Note also that the Windows license for a factory or purchased OEM version of Windows is tied to the motherboard it will be run on. Retail versions are allowed to be switched to another motherboard but only on one machine at a time.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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