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how do I change boot order in xps8900

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hello , I cloned my hdd to a new ssd then installed ssd using acronis . all went well. computer recognizes ssd as c drive and hhd as e drive. it boots to hdd I believe because (a) it is not faster and (b) I hear the typical noise the hdd maker (whirring) been in bios and got lost , tried going into legacy mode but that just didn't work out well.

I am at a loss what to do next

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  • the numbers and letters are most likely the model numbers for each of the drives. The SSD will be listed as a HD as the bios will just use this designation to differentiate them from CD or Optical drive. the worse that will happen is the computer will boot up but fail to load windows, in which case you would go back into the bios and select the other drive.

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  • You need to go into the bios (Press the F2 key at the Dell splash screen.)  To confirm if  it is booting from the SSD just disconnect the HDD and boot the machine

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  • Hi, thank you for helping , 1 more question In bios I found boot sequence, it gives me 4 choices for boot sequence, one is clearly the dvd drive, two of the choices start with hd. followed by long numbers and letters that don't match up to anything I can find.  I assume that HD  is hard drive, it is easy to switch them , but will I be in danger of boot failing ect.

  • the numbers and letters are most likely the model numbers for each of the drives. The SSD will be listed as a HD as the bios will just use this designation to differentiate them from CD or Optical drive. the worse that will happen is the computer will boot up but fail to load windows, in which case you would go back into the bios and select the other drive.

     Home Built Sandy Bridge P8P67 i7 2600k @ 4.5 GHz 8gigs GSkill Ripjaws. Corsair 800D Case and AX1200 Ps X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty pro PCIe Sound Card
    Dell Studio XPS 1645  Window 10 Pro

    Forum member since 2003

  • Just a follow up, I switched boot sequence in bios and it started on hdd, I forgot how slow it seemed. then I switched back bios and it started in ssd, but now faster and no whirring noise. it seems that switching them back and forth helped, probably same as switching cables. all well now, thank you for your help, I appreciate it, I know a lot more about windows 10 bios now after exploring everything in there. lol.   mike