How to Change the Boot Drive on a Dell Dimension 4400

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How to Change the Boot Drive on a Dell Dimension 4400
Computers can boot from hard drives and other devices. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The Dell Dimension 4400 can boot from different types of media, including CD-ROM discs, USB flash drives and internal hard drives. By default, the Dell Dimension 4400 will try to boot first from removable devices such as an optical drive or USB drive before using the internal hard drive. If you have multiple drives in the Dell Dimension 4400, you can change which hard drive is used as the boot device in the system set-up or BIOS menu. You can also change the order the computer tries other devices, prioritising an internal hard drive, for example, over removable devices such as USB flash drives.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Power on the Dell Dimension 4400 or reboot the machine if it is already running.

  2. 2

    Press the "Del" key on your keyboard when the blue "Dell" logo appears on the screen. If the set-up screen doesn't appear, you may have waited too long to press the key -- restart the Dell Dimension 4400 and try again.

  3. 3

    Press the "Right Arrow" key on your keyboard repeatedly until the "Boot" menu at the top of the set-up screen is highlighted.

  4. 4

    Press the "Down Arrow" key on your keyboard until the type of drive you want to change -- such as "Hard Disk Drives" -- is highlighted, then press "Enter."

  5. 5

    Select a drive using the arrow keys to navigate through the list. Use the "+" key to move to the top of the list.

  6. 6

    Press the "Escape" key on your keyboard.

  7. 7

    Press the "F10" key to save your changes. Restart the Dell Dimension. The new boot drive will take effect immediately.

Tips and warnings

  • You can change the order in which your Dimension 4400 checks for a bootable drive by selecting the "Boot Device Priority" option on the BIOS menu. Press "Enter" to open that menu and use the arrow keys along with the "+" and "-" keys to rearrange the list.

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