The Sequence of Boot Device Search. Part II

If there are no boot records, there is the information on a screen that no boot devices had been found (No value) or the search is carried in the other devices (Yes value).

The parameters defining boot devices may have the following values:

  • Floppy – booting from a floppy;
  • HDD-0 (IDE-0) – booting from the first hard drive that is connected as Primary Master;
  • HDD-1 (IDE-1) – booting from the second hard drive that is connected as Secondary Master;
  • HDD-2 (IDE-2) – booting from the third hard drive that is connected as Primary Slave;
  • HDD-3 (IDE-3) – booting from the fourth hard drive that is connected as Secondary Slave;
  • LAN (or Network) – booting from the network;
  • SCSI – booting from a device connected via SCSI-controller;
  • LS/ZIP – booting from ZIP-device;
  • LS/MO – booting from magneto-optical disk;
  • CD-ROM – booting from CD-ROM;
  • USB (FDD, HDD, CD-ROM) – booting from a device connected via USB-port with an appropriate interface;
  • Enable – a parameter is off;
  • Disabled – a parameter is used for free device search.

Of course, you do not have to install all the listed devices; the most commonly used values are for booting from CD-ROM, hard drive and floppy.

If you have several hard drives with an operating system on each of them, you can set the sequence of search of such devices. But in this case you have to know in what way each drive is connected via IDE-loop. Quite frequently, a user has got one or two hard drives but he does not know how they are connected. If you have got one hard drive, you should only set a value HDD-0 (IDE-0) regardless of its connection. If you have got two hard drives, set a value HDD-0 (IDE-0) for the first parameter and HDD-1 (IDE-1) for the second one.