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Windows 7: uefi samsung laptop

08 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Your link shows Windows 7 on the unit. Could you explain the procedure you tried and what the results were, what messages did you get?

I know at least one company sells a combination drive like that. They should have a procedure for loading it, if one is needed, but I have not had such a setup.

You mention UEFI, are you using that install configuration?

Edit: The link, under the support section has a FAQ about updating the Bios. It seems to suggest you should, so you might check.

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10 Aug 2012   #2

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Never Done It

You have a driver of some sort for the caching drive. You will or should clean of the spinner and load windows and then you will have to set up your cache drive. Get your manual out.
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11 Aug 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

If you have EFI BIOS then you have two choices:

You can install using EFI mode by setting EFI Boot disk as first device to boot in BIOS setup, then install to a GPT formatted disk using this method after unplugging all other HD's: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums\

If you want the traditional MBR disk, remove EFI Boot disk and/or enable BIOS legacy mode, wipe the target drive using Diskpart Clean Command followed the the command "Convert MBR," then install per normal to the target HD. We can help troubleshoot any install problems as they arise.

In addition to the special steps above if you do/don't want to use EFI, study the Best Practices for getting a perfect Windows 7 install as given in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

To understand better the EFI choices, read Windows and GPT FAQ
and the debate here: Formatting new drive, MBR or GPT? - Hard-Disks - Storage
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11 Aug 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Then I would try running Samsung Recovery. The exact procedure is different for each model so google your model for how to run Recovery. Or contact Samsung Tech SUpport if you're still under warranty but do not tell them what you have done, just that it isn't booting. I wouldn't expect much help from them but you may get lucky.

If Recovery won't run and they wont' provide disks, then I'd go with the Clean Reinstall anyway.
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11 Aug 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Unplug all other HD's and periperhals to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Everything you need is in the blue link. If you stick with the Best Practices in the tutorial you will get and maintain a perfect reinstall, based on countless thousands we have helped with here.

If you've had problems with the MBR then as an extra precaution wipe the HD first using Diskpart Clean Command from the booted installer accessing DISKPART At PC Startup. This overwrites any conflicting code in the boot sector.
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11 Aug 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Then save a Windows 7 backup image of your entire HD: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

You can save a secondary backup using Macrium - Image your system.

If possible make your Recovery disks as well.

What is it you'd like to do exactly? Your original Post does not make it clear at all. You say you have two HD's. Do you want to Dual Boot? Do you want to disable the current Windows 7 HD to try a test Clean Reinstall to the other?

Please explain what you want to do in depth and also post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu.
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11 Aug 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

According to the specs in the link in post #1,

Quote:
1TB S-ATAⅡ Hard Drive (5,400RPM) with ExpressCache 8GB
NP700Z3A-S03 - TECH SPECS | SAMSUNGNew Zealand

You have a Hybrid drive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You don't have an SSD, you have a HDD with Flash memory Cache,

Quote:
Samsung claims the chief benefits are speed of data access and consequent faster computer boot process
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11 Aug 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu.
This would be your next step...
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11 Aug 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Where are the answers to my questions?

I only asked for the screenshot to accompany a detailed explanation of exactly what you would like to do since it is not at all clear.

Did you even see my post? Do you have a problem with the language? Why would you let me type out all of that and not reply in full?
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11 Aug 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Then since you also want to dump the factory bloatware why not simply Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to the SSD with the HD unplugged. Everything you need is in the blue link.

You can save a Windows 7 backup image first, or even leave the old install on the HD until you are satisfied with the new install on the SSD. After install plug back in the HD, boot it if needed using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

Install programs to the SSD, but a wise use of space is to leave the User folders on the HD, linked to Windows 7 on the SSD via the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.
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