Wont recognize 2nd hard drive in f9 boot menu

April 6, 2011 at 16:44:36
Specs: vista
I have and Hp Pavilion that the first hard drive port broke. I put the hard drive in the second port and it worked when someone I know messed with something in the bios. I was able to push f9 and boot from it. My sister accidentaly set it back to the default settings and it doesn't show it in the f9 boot menu but it still shows the tests made on it in the bios. Can anyone help me please..

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#1
April 6, 2011 at 17:11:03
My guess is that bios was changed to say there is some drive in port 1 (actually port 0)

Set bios to only have one drive in the second channel maybe.

The be sure that drive is selected as a boot hard drive in one or more places. One is boot order. Set it to first. Another may be hard drive order so you move that drive up to top of list.

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#2
April 6, 2011 at 19:17:19
The boot order doesn't give you an option for a 2nd drive. the only options it gives are cd drive, usb hard drive, usb floppy, notebook hard drive, and usb diskette on key. I already tried putting the notebook hd on top, and when i hit f9 it only gives an option of the cd drive now when before it also gave me the option of the 2nd drive before it got messed up. So trying that didn't work. the only place it shows the second hard drive is in the diagnostics tab. and it passed all test so it works. any suggestions.

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#3
April 6, 2011 at 20:56:13
I think you are going to the wrong sceen in your BIOS. In the advanced section you shuold be able to choose hard drive boot options different from the cd, floppy options.

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#4
April 7, 2011 at 14:16:42
"selected as a boot hard drive in one or more places."

There may be a menu or most likely is a menu option somewhere that allows you to "move up" your desired drive to the first choice over the old hard drive. That menu usually doesn't have any other options. On some computers the menu has hard drive but a submenu when you click on the hard drive choice.

As Tomb says you may have to look at all the screens and help menus or look at the owners manual to see how to select it.

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