My motherboard will only boot from CD/DVD

By Remacno ·
I built this computer a few years ago, but recently built a new computer to throw my hard drive in. I put my mother's hard drive in my old build. I reset the BIOS to its original settings and adjusted the boot order to the following:
First: Hard Disk
Second: CDROM
I have not third boot option, even disabled it since I don't need it.
After saving my BIOS settings and restarting the computer, I allow it to attempt to boot, and it still says Boot from CD/DVD. If I re-enter the BIOS settings and check the boot order, it still says what I set it to, but only boots from CD/DVD first.
The hard drive is detected, the CD/DVD drive is detected and will allow it to boot with the installation disc in the drive. I have not tried to install Windows 7 on the hard drive, yet. Would that make a difference on the boot order since the hard drive is nothing more than a blank slate at the moment?
My motherboard is a Gigabyte EP43.

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Blank Hard Drive?

by TheChas In reply to My motherboard will only ...

If it is a blank hard drive with nothing on it, there are no system files present for the computer to boot with.

The boot order options in BIOS settings does set the order of bootable devices. However, if the first (or second) boot device does not have system files on it, the BIOS will skip that device and go on to the next device.

If none of the drives have system files on them, the BIOS should then display a notice to the effect of insert a bootable disk and continue.


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