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#1 2013-07-18 09:33:58

excollier
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Registered: 2013-03-18
Posts: 66

Replace DVD with HDD

Background:
For some time now I have been using a laptop, minus it's screen, but connected to a vga monitor as a desktop computer. (it's a HP Pavillion dv5)
It is set up as a multi-boot linux computer. I hardly, if ever use the dvd drive, so I was thinking of replacing it with a 2.5" hdd, so that I can install Windows XP to that drive so I can study for CompTIA A+. (I need some sort of recognised qualification, jobs are hard enough to come by)
In the BIOS I have the boot order as usb, then dvd and it's own hdd third.
What I would like to know is, if I connect a 2.5" hdd to the terminals previously used by the removed dvd drive (slim SATA) will the bios see this as still the dvd and boot from it before the main hdd? I have a slim SATA to SATA adaptor already, but haven't bought a spare 2.5" hdd yet.

Last edited by excollier (2013-07-18 09:35:43)

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#2 2013-07-18 09:54:07

cchhrriiss121212
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Registered: 2010-03-26
Posts: 357

Re: Replace DVD with HDD

The BIOS should see that it is a HDD and allow you to change the order any way you want.

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#3 2013-07-18 09:58:27

excollier
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Registered: 2013-03-18
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Re: Replace DVD with HDD

Thanks, I'll get hold of a hdd, and try it out. I have a contingency just in case that way doesn't work.

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