How come I need to keep going into my BIOS to tell my computer to boot from IDE?

by on November 9, 2012

Q: Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core E5300 @ 2.60GHz 1.60 GHz
64-bit OS

My problem seems to be a hardware issue. My desktop runs just fine while it is on and everything seems to be okay.

The OS is an upgrade version of Win7 and it is installed on an 80GB IDE hard drive. I also have a 500GB SATA drive that holds all of my regular stuff. The reason I have the OS on the IDE is again, because it was an upgrade from an older computer. Otherwise, I’d rather have it running on the SATA.

Where I run into my issue is when I shut-off/restart the computer. On boot, the PC doesn’t recognize the drive to boot to Windows. I have to go into BIOS each time to set it boot to the IDE drive. Once the computer sees the drive, it boots up just fine and runs great.

Do you know what my problem is? Any help would be amazing.

One Response to “How come I need to keep going into my BIOS to tell my computer to boot from IDE?”

    Keep a close eye on the BIOS startup screens to see if any other error messages are present. If it isn’t holding your BIOS settings there is a chance the CMOS/BIOS battery is dead. Swapping that out would only cost a few bucks and is probably worth trying. If nothing else, consider popping the battery out and testing it with a mulimeter is ensure it still has a full change.