Advanced BIOS Settings. Part I

Swap Floppy Drive

You can interchange the floppy drives A: and B: without their physical switching by using this parameter. A computer with two floppy drives is very rare, so it is meaningful to switch on this parameter.

Gate A20 Option

It is another outdated parameter which sets an operating mode of the gate A20. The value “Fast” is used by default, and a Normal mode may need to be turned on to increase operating stability only in some outdated systems.

Report No FDD for WIN 95

This parameter is used to speed up the loading of operating systems of Windows 9x without any floppy drive.

Possible values:

  • Yes – set this value if there is no floppy drive in your system;
  • No – always select this value if the floppy drive is set in your system.

HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability

(HDD S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring)

This parameter is set by S.M.A.R.T. (Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) which controls the hardware capacity, identifies damages and eliminates them if it is possible.

Possible values:

  • Enabled (On) – S.M.A.R.T. is on that allows detecting the damages of the drive beforehand;
  • Disabled (Off) – S.M.A.R.T. is off.


Although S.M.A.R.T. increases the storage information accuracy, it cannot always warn the forthcoming drive failure. So, while working with important data, do not forget about regular safety copying on removable media.