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Windows 7: Installing "boot" files to an SSD

23 Jul 2014   #31
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm a little confused as to how I determine which of the two MSATA tutorials I want. Also, I can't recheck Disk Management as something I did preparing to reinstall nuked Windows and now I only have Arch Linux. Definitely time to reinstall. I'm now very very reluctant to reset my BIOS as that will get rid of my Linux boot entry so I won't have any operating system at all.


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24 Jul 2014   #32
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok, now I have a new problem. I turned off IRST, but when I went to wipe the disks according to the tutorial for installing on a system with MSATA, one of the disks said that it couldn't be cleaned because it was currently in use. I took that to mean that it was the flash drive that had the .iso burned to it, and so wiped the main HDD and the smaller drive that was not in use. When I tried to keep going, I discovered that nothing was working because the smaller drive that I had wiped was actually the flash drive that I was using. I went into Linux to reburn the .iso to the flash drive, but after doing so, I can't boot it since when I wiped the main HDD, my entire BIOS seems to have been wiped with it. How can I change the boot order now so that the live flash drive with the .iso boots? It seems that I don't have any way of controlling boot order without BIOS.
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24 Jul 2014   #33
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

How could you wipe out the bios, I doubt you did
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24 Jul 2014   #34
gregrocker

 

You cannot wipe your BIOS with any other than a BIOS flash utility. It is still there ready to boot the flash stick, which also could not be wiped if it was the bootable media being used to do the wiping.

I would find a Windows machine to write the installation flash stick for your licensed version with the tool from Steps 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Then use the Lenovo One-Key next to power button to power up to boot menu, choose flash stick. If no One-Key use the key given on first screen for your model:
Asus - F8
HP/Compaq - Esc
Sony - F2
Acer - F12
Gateway - F10
eMachnes - F10
Toshiba - F12
Dell - F12
IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button

If problems persist then reset the BIOS to defaults, check the IRST setting.
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24 Jul 2014   #35
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I made the bootable flash drive on a Windows machine. After some trial and error, I was able to get into BIOS but the flash drive is not showing up as an option.
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24 Jul 2014   #36
gregrocker

 

Check all Flash or USB choices in BIOS.

Test that the stick is bootable in any other machine. If not then write it again making sure to use a fresh ISO that you confirm completes download and using tool provided.

If stick is bootable then try the one-time BIOS boot Menu key, looking under USB, Removable or HD's to expand the listings choices which is sometimes required to see the actual stick.
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24 Jul 2014   #37
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok, I've been able to get to the Windows installer. I followed the instructions here, and then the instructions for installing on a UEFI machine, which got me to where I need to select the disk that I would like to install on. Just to confirm, since I've turned off IRST, if I install to my main HDD I will still have the advantages that come with the 32GB SSD, correct? I'd like to be sure about that before I go any farther.
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24 Jul 2014   #38
gregrocker

 

Then to fully utilize the SSD you should be following The Guide on How To Reformat, Repartition AND Get ... - Lenovo Community

Ask back if you have any questions.
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24 Jul 2014   #39
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Well I can't disable acceleration, because my Windows install is already nuked. If I want to get IRST working, should I reinstall once without it, and then reinstall again but disable acceleration before I reinstall the second time?
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24 Jul 2014   #40
gregrocker

 

Then that much is moot as there's no acceleration. Just stick closely with the steps. You will want to copy and paste the commands given to reintegrate the SSD toward the end, to make sure they are correct.
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