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Old 02-16-2013, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default Migrating to new HD

I have an old Dell 8250, with IDE drives and PCI. I installed a SATA II controller card and a new terabyte WD HD, because the boot drive (designated F was getting full.

I copied the F: image onto the new SATA drive (designated G, using Acronis True Image. I'd like to make it into the new boot drive, but when I go into the BIOS Setup, it isn't there. It's visible in Windows, though.

How do I get the computer to boot from the new drive?

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Old 02-16-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Migrating to new HD

Short answer, you don't.

Reason is that you have the drive connected to an expansion card rather than the host controller on the motherboard. The BIOS doesn't know about the drive attached the card and is therefore unable to boot from it.

You could get a more expensive card that has a BIOS on it and then you would be able to boot from the drive.

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Old 02-17-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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If the controller card isn't listed in the BIOS, it's because of one of two things:

It's not listed as the controller card and will likely be something ambiguous (SCSI Controller, SATA Bridge, etc)

or, as OhSnapWord said, it's "cheap" and won't support BIOS Option ROM booting.
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