How to install an external hard drive?

Question

I just bought a computer form Data Dr and I plugged ion my external hard drive. it had not been used before from another computer it is new back up for this one. When I tried to re start my computer it said I had the wrong start up disk and to put in the correct disk and reboot. I unplugged the external hard drive and the computer booted up. I have friends with both type dirves and they don't have to unplug the external in order to boot up. There has to be a way to have both the internal and expternal disk workand get the system to boot correctly right?

Answer

This question was answered on February 18, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The external hard drive must be correctly formatted in order for the computer to stop recognizing it as a start up disk If the computer still asks for the correct start up disk then the order in which the hard drives boot up must be checked and changed To do so, you must enter the BIOS at the beginning of the computers startup Some computers access the BIOS by holding down "F2" or "DELETE" while booting up Once in the BIOS you must set the internal hard drive as the primary boot up disk and save the settings to the BIOS memory Once the computer boots up properly the computer will recognize the external hard drive and install the necessary drivers for the hard drive to operate correctly Everything should now work correctly.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 18, 2004