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Booting a mixed system

To set your SCSI drive as the first “boot device,” reboot your system and enter the CMOS Setup. Friday, June 22, 2001 Booting a mixed system To set your SCSI drive as the first “boot device,” reboot your system and enter the CMOS Setup.

Suppose that you need to boot from a SCSI hard drive, but there’s an IDE-type drive (i.e., UDMA/100) in the same system. This used to be a problem, because the system’s BIOS would automatically give priority to the IDE-type devices before the SCSI devices–this meant that you’d need to remove the IDE drives. Today’s motherboards use BIOS versions that can be told to check for SCSI devices first, and you can use this feature to boot from a SCSI drive. To set your SCSI drive as the first “boot device,” reboot your system and enter the CMOS Setup. Locate the entry that says “Boot Order.” Often, this entry will say “A then C,” so change that selection until “SCSI” is listed first (i.e., “SCSI then A then C”). When the system starts next time, it will look for a bootable SCSI device first.

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