Computer is Dell Dimension XPS. Came with one SATA drive (on channel 0). I installed second SATA drive on channel 2.
I booted from the drive on channel 0, formatted the drive on channel 2 - everything is great.
Then I disabled drive on channel 0 in BIOS, booted from CD and installed XP Pro on the drive on Channel 2.
This worked fine as well, I can boot to the drive on channel 2 BUT ONLY WHEN DRIVE ON CHANNEL 0 IS DISABLED.
In my old Dell computer with 2 IDE drives in the BIOS I could set the boot order of IDE drives, so I could have both drives enabled and boot from any of them and see the other one.
It doesn't work this way with 2 SATA drives - if both drives are enabled, it will always boot from the drive on channel 0. There is no option to make drive on channel 2 bootable. If I go to the Boot Menu (F12), the only relevant option there is "Onboard SATA hard drive", and there is no way to specify which hard drive.
Is this SATA limitation ? Dell motherboard limitation ? Am I doing something wrong ?
I find it hard to believe it is not possible.