How to Change the Boot Order of Your Drives

Chris Stephens By Chris Stephens, 2nd Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/18qlxgzv/
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Changing the boot order of your computer can actually cause your computer to boot faster. Sometimes computers are configured to boot from the cd rom drive first, second the hard drives, and last floppy drives if one is installed. If you were to change that order to first hard drives, second cd rom, and last floppy drive, the computer would boot faster.

Change The Boot Order of Your Drives

Changing the boot order of your computer can actually cause your computer to boot faster. Sometimes computers are configured to boot from the cd rom drive first, second the hard drives, and last floppy drives if one is installed. If you were to change that order to first hard drives, second cd rom, and last floppy drive, the computer would boot faster. This is because when the computer is set to boot from cd first the computer hast to check for a cd every time you boot a computer. This can be a slow process. If you don’t need to boot from a cd rom every time your computer boots, then change it to hard drive as being the first choice, eliminating any and all waiting.
The way you do this is actually not at all hard to do, anyone can do this. The first thing you do is you turn on your computer, second wait for a screen to appear. It should say to enter setup press F2, delete, or what ever key is configured to go into the bios setup. Press that key and enter the bios setup utility. Once you are inside you will notice all kinds of options and settings that you may change. Don’t change anything unless you know what you are doing. You may cause something to go wrong and then you won’t be able to boot into windows, or your operating system. However if you do make a mistake just reenter the bios utility by rebooting the computer and hitting the correct key. Once you are in there should be a reset to factory settings option. Hit that and reboot the computer. This will revert back to the default settings.
To change the boot order just goes into the tab at the top that says boot. From there you should see option that allows you to change the computers boot order and settings. There you will notice an option that says quick boot or memory check. This option should be enables or your computer has to check all system settings every time you boot your computer such as counting the amount of ram you have. This will slow down boot times. Once quick boot is enabled just fallow the simple instructions on changing the boot orders. All bios setup utilities are different in some ways and there for it’s hard to say exactly what to do. Once you are done just save the settings and reboot your computer, you should notice a bit of a boost in boot times.

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