[K12OSN] Assign Drive letter c: to ata drive in linux

Glenn Arnold garnold at unrealsolutions.com
Tue Oct 26 01:02:35 UTC 2004

Did you look at the boot sequence in the Dell Bios?  This usually controls the boot order of ide devices.  Just make the Sata Drive the first boot device or ahead of your other ide hard drive.


-----Original Message-----
From: "Terrell Prudé, Jr." [mailto:microman at cmosnetworks.com] 
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 7:24 PM
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Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Assign Drive letter c: to ata drive in linux

Carl Keil wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm still having trouble booting my DELL 400sc server after installing 
> a sata drive for /home.  The BIOS is looking for a C: drive to boot 
> from, there's no option to look at the IDE bus, or primary IDE or 
> something.  So, does anyone know how to make this thing think that the 
> Primary ATA drive is a "C:" drive?  If I take the SATA buss offline in 
> the BIOS it boots fine.  If I don't I have to hit F12 at bootup and go 
> into a special boot menu where I can select "Primary IDE" and it boots 
> fine.  I'd like it to boot without intervention like that.
> Thanks,
> ck 

I take it that Dell support didn't have any ideas on this one?  This 
sounds like a Dell-specific thing.

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