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Swapping XTIDE boot drives? (Booting from secondary drive, not primary external slot)

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    Swapping XTIDE boot drives? (Booting from secondary drive, not primary external slot)

    Well, until my parts get here for my modified MBC-775 board, I'm temporarily using another Sanyo processor/memory board. (I got two computers in the sale I found on eBay back in 2019. Try as I may, I couldn't repair the other one.)

    Thankfully, I haven't done anything to break the system. Anyways, I've been using an XTIDE card, and I forgot I had an extra CF-to-IDE adapter until recently. They both work, but the trouble is, I can't set the secondary IDE connector on the card (inside the system) to boot. Only the CF slot (where I can take out the card from the back) will boot, I've tried the jumpers on the CF-to-IDE converter, and can't find (or it's too complex to find) configuration settings in the XTIDE Config program.

    In short, all I want is to boot from the internal IDE port, not the external CF slot.

    #2
    In the config program click on "Boot Settings" and the "Default Boot Drive" is what you want, You can also press the C or D key directly after the Post good beep to boot from either the primary or secondary hard drive.

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      #3
      Well, see, here's the thing. I can't access the second CF card when I change the default boot drive.


      I intend to set it up like this:

      Internal Primary Drive (C): 512MB (Transcend CF)
      External Slot Secondary Drive (D): 256MB (Cisco CF)

      But the Cisco CF card forces itself into the C: Drive slot, even though I want the Transcend CF card to be the one it boots from.


      That's what I would have wanted to type, but looking over the card (I have a Blue Lava Systems Rev. 2, and it works quite well), I discovered another Master/Slave jumper hidden away on the snug-spaced CF Slot/Interface-Bracket board. I had to reconfigure a few times, but I got the CF drives switched and working. Now the computer will boot up from the internal CF card no matter what, instead of the card that goes into the external slot.

      EDIT: Even better, I was going to come back to this to say I had trouble with the D Drive not appearing, until I realized that its partition was FAT16, not FAT12. Going through FDISK did the trick!
      Last edited by T-Squared; April 23, 2021, 04:16 PM.

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