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Changing the Boot Order of Your Drives
3. Select Boot Sequence, and press Enter. Figure 13-1 shows an example of
the Boot Sequence Setup screen.
Figure 13-1: The Boot Sequence Setup screen shows what boots up first.
4. If your screen looks similar to Figure 13-1, you are in the right place.
Navigate to First Device and cycle through the list to Hard Disk Drive
or, on some computers, the port your hard drive is connected to, such as
IDE0 or “SATA0.” If your setup screen does not specifically offer First
Device, but instead lists all the devices, simply select the hard disk and
move it to the top of the list by using the Change Values keys (which for
my BIOS is made by Phoenix — the spacebar moves an item up and the
minus symbol key moves an item down). The specific keys differ on almost
every system, but the basic concepts are the same. You want to get your
hard disk to the top of the list or listed as the first device from which to
try to boot. If you do not know the keys for your BIOS, instructions are
usually located on either the bottom or right side of the screen where you
will be able to find the correct keys for your system.
5. After you have made the changes, exit the system BIOS by pressing the
Escape (Esc) key, and make sure that you select to save your changes upon
exit. After you reboot, the new settings will be in effect.
What are the consequences of changing the boot order? Changing the boot
order won’t hurt your system in any way if you do it correctly. If, by accident,
you remove your hard drive from the list and save the BIOS settings, you get