My computer set up is this; Pentium 4 Dell Dimension desktop with 2 hard drives. /hda = Linux and /hdb = Windows 7. It is set up to boot to /hda (master) and the Grub menu selection includes an entry to boot /hdb (slave) (Windows). Both disks are ATA.
I just bought a 250 GB SATA drive and I cloned my Linux partitions onto this new disk. So far, it seems to be working and all my files are here.
The first problem is when I boot up I get a "Primary disk not found" message and the option to hit F1 to continue or F2 to go to setup. I hit F1 and it continues booting up without any further issues.
The bigger problem is when I re-attach the Windows ATA drive; Depending on whether it is Master or not I run into one of two situations
- (when Master)The machine takes a loooooooong time to boot up, still comes to where I have to hit F1, yet I can boot into Windows or Linux.
- (when not Master)It comes up fairly quickly, I hit F1 but Windows cannot be found.
When Windows doesn't work and I still boot up, I can't find the other hard drive anywhere. #sudo fdisk -l
only comes up with the SATA drive, not the Windows one.
So there are 3 things I want that I am not sure how to get;
- Automatically boot to Grub without having to hit F1
- Faster bootup through the bios
- Being able to boot to Windows or Linux without any problems.
Am I missing something? Is this because of a mixed ATA and SATA? Is there something I need to fix in the BIOS? I'm not sure where to look!
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