How to boot from E drive?

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  1. Joemac8

    Joemac8

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    I am new at this. I upgraded my Windows XP to Windows 7 and it runs fine. My Dell desktop computer came from the factory with a floppy for the A drive and a CD in D and a DVD in E. If I want to boot from a disk, the machine looks to the A drive only. I want to change this so it will look to my DVD, E drive instead. I want the change to be permanent.

    I posted this question and was told how to get into the BIOS to change it. That worked great and was right on point however, I can't ID which is the E: drive. What I have is:

    I got into the BIOS Boot Sequence. It shows:

    1. Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive
    2. Onboard SAIA Hard Drive
    3. Onboard IDE Hard Drive (not present)
    4. Onboard or USB Floppy Drive
    5. USB Device (not present)


    On my computer, I have

    A: Floppy
    C: Hard Drive
    D: CD ROM
    E: DVD

    When the computer boots, the CD drivelight flashes, then the DVD drive light flashes then, fifteen seconds later, the A Drive flashes. I put my Windows disk into the DVD drive and rebooted to see if the machine would boot from the disk and it did not.

    How can I be certain that my computer will boot from the DVD on my E drive?


    Thanks again, Joe
     
    Joemac8, Apr 22, 2010
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    Thrax Moderator

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    Your boot sequence is correct for the drives you have in your PC. Are you sure the discs you're trying to boot from are, in fact, bootable?
     
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    I have the Windows 7 upgrade disk from Microsoft. It should boot from that?????
     
    Joemac8, Apr 23, 2010
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    Go into your BIOS and set the DVD drive as the first boot device. It should work then.

    It's usually in the Advanced BIOS settings section.
     
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    His DVD drive is set as the first boot device.
     
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