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Enable Booting SCSI Ahead of IDE On Supported Motherboards

Most PCs default to the so-called "standard" boot sequence, in which the BIOS first checks the A: floppy drive for a bootable disk, and if one is not found there, checks the C: hard disk drive and boots it instead. If you are using both SCSI and IDE/ATA hard disks in your system, and if your motherboard supports the feature, you can tell the system to boot the SCSI drive ahead of the IDE one, even though normally IDE drives always boot in a system where both IDE and SCSI are installed. This is controlled by the boot sequence BIOS setting.

Most motherboards do not support booting from SCSI when an IDE hard disk is present. If you want to do this, then you need to check your motherboard documentation in the area where BIOS settings are discussed, or go into the BIOS setup program itself and look at the "Boot Sequence" parameter. If it has an option to boot SCSI ahead of IDE (sometimes incorrectly called "C:") then enable it, and you should be able to boot your SCSI disk.

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