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How can I boot from E:?

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One of my machines is an older Dimension 8400.  I added an aftermarket DVD drive as divve E: a couple of years ago.  The windows registry is corrupt and I need to repair Vista.  To do so I need to boot from the Vista disk which is a DVD.  The only boot order I can see in system setup is C: followed by 😧 which is a CD only drive.  How can I get it to boot from the DVD drive?  Do I have to switch some cables and/or jumpers inside the box?  I am reasonably capable but by no means an expert on this stuff.  At a minimum would just like to repair it enough to salvage some data.  Thoughts?

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You could try making the DVD E:/ drive the first boot device in the system setup, or open the case and connect the DVD drive, to the end of the IDE cable and connect the D:/ drive to the middle connector, make certain that both optical drive's jumpers, are set to 'Cable Select' [CS].

Bev.

 


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You could try making the DVD E:/ drive the first boot device in the system setup, or open the case and connect the DVD drive, to the end of the IDE cable and connect the D:/ drive to the middle connector, make certain that both optical drive's jumpers, are set to 'Cable Select' [CS].

Bev.

 


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Thanks much.  Can now boot from the DVD drive.  We will see how the repairs pan out....

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Happy to have helped.

Bev.

 


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