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  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #1

    Installing to empty SSD


    Hi, greetings from England.
    I'm a former military electronic systems tech who dabbles in IT support for myself and the family, but I'm finding, at 68 years old, that the technology has gone so fast that I frequently struggle to keep up!
    I need to install Windows 10 onto a blank (partitioned and formatted) SSD to replace my dead HDD but I am having issues with the "boot from flash drive" process.
    I followed the instructions and got the data onto the memory stick, rebooted the PC with the SSD connected and followed the process; product key, new installation, acceptance of terms, selection of drive/partition and the application started. However 20 seconds, or so, into Step 2, loading the files, the monitor went blank and displayed "monitor going to sleep" and that's where I still am, 20 minutes later. The PC is still runnning but there is no indication of anything happening. Does the HDD light flash like the HDD used to during data transfer? The monitor stays "live" while in BIOS and during the initial phase of the install process but goes to sleep as described above.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks,
    Brian
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  2. Posts : 18,368
    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    Remove the flash drive. Press and hold the power key until the computer turns off. Then turn it back on and see where you are. Also if this was a brand new SSD there should not have been any partitions on it. It should have been 1 single unallocated space to install Windows to. I recommend you follow our tutorial:
    Clean Install Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 16,241
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3693
       #3

    Brian,

    What you described is a monitor power setting so I am afraid that you will have to take the ultimate, almost unthinkable challenge and read its manual.

    Without knowing what was not being shown on your sleeping monitor, it's impossible to speculate about whether or not the installation continued to progress.

    It might even have been possible to wake the monitor up by waving your mouse around or pressing a fairly-safe keyboard button [double-tapping NumLock is a handy one].


    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  4. Posts : 18,368
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    And keep moving the mouse during the install process to try to keep the monitor awake. Heck, I have to do that to keep myself awake!
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  5. Posts : 5,040
    Windows 10/11 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #5

    NavyLCDR said:
    And keep moving the mouse during the install process to try to keep the monitor awake. Heck, I have to do that to keep myself awake!
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  6. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    NavyLCDR said:
    Remove the flash drive. Press and hold the power key until the computer turns off. Then turn it back on and see where you are. Also if this was a brand new SSD there should not have been any partitions on it. It should have been 1 single unallocated space to install Windows to. I recommend you follow our tutorial:
    Clean Install Windows 10
    Thanks but it was a 1Tb SSD and I wanted 3 partitions on it just in case a sector became corrupted meaning only 1 partition would need troubleshooting & remedial work. It was the tutorial that I was following, and going so well until the monitor went to sleep. I did try moving the mouse to wake it up but no joy.

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    Try3 said:
    Brian,

    What you described is a monitor power setting so I am afraid that you will have to take the ultimate, almost unthinkable challenge and read its manual.

    Without knowing what was not being shown on your sleeping monitor, it's impossible to speculate about whether or not the installation continued to progress.

    It might even have been possible to wake the monitor up by waving your mouse around or pressing a fairly-safe keyboard button [double-tapping NumLock is a handy one].


    Best of luck,
    Denis
    Thanks Denis, but wouldn't the monitor, which was on the BIOS screen for almost 90 minutes, have gone to sleeep while it was waiting for me to carry out the "Clean Install " process?
    Cheers, Brian
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  7. Posts : 16,241
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3693
       #7

    BeeJayEl said:
    ... wouldn't the monitor, which was on the BIOS screen for almost 90 minutes, have gone to sleeep while it was waiting for me to carry out the "Clean Install " process?
    Brian,

    I don't know. I have never studied the power-saving properties of external monitors.
    If I set my Windows to keep my display on then, if am connected to my external monitor, it also stays on but I don't know how one would behave during a clean install.


    Best of luck,
    Denis
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 5,879
    Windows 7 HP - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #8

    Welcome to the Forum Brian.

    Some questions for you:
    Are you installing Win 10 on the computer with Intel i7 950 and motherboard Intel DX58SO?
    Did you formatted the drive during installation or under a OS (same computer or on another)?
    Did you initialize the drive as MBR or GPT?
    Did you detached (disconnect SATA or power cable) all other drives?
    How did you created the Win 10 USB installation drive?
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  9. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Megahertz said:
    Welcome to the Forum Brian.

    Some questions for you:
    Are you installing Win 10 on the computer with Intel i7 950 and motherboard Intel DX58SO?
    Did you formatted the drive during installation or under a OS (same computer or on another)?
    Did you initialize the drive as MBR or GPT?
    Did you detached (disconnect SATA or power cable) all other drives?
    How did you created the Win 10 USB installation drive?
    Hi, thanks for taking the time to respond, answers below:
    1. I was upgrading to a newer mainboard and i9 processor but when it turned out that the processor had the graphics engine disabled and the board would not drive two monitors I reverted back to the DX58SO/i7 950 setup
    2. Since the PC would not boot succesfully after reinstalling, I formatted the drive on my i5 HP laptop (WIN11), via USB to a cradle
    3. The drive was set up as 3 partitions; I'm not familiar with MBR or GPT
    4. Yes, all drives were disconnected
    5. By using the procedure on TenForums to create a boot system on a flash drive and, separately, an ISO file on a DVD
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  10. Posts : 5,879
    Windows 7 HP - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #10

    What BIOS version you have on your DX58SO?
    Support for Intel(R) Desktop Board DX58SO

    Lets start from scratch.
    - Let MCT create the Win 10 USB installation drive. You need a 8G (or bigger) flash drive.
    - Master Boot Record (MBR) disks use the standard BIOS partition table. GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks need a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) BIOS. One advantage of GPT drives is that you can have more than four primary partitions on each drive. GPT is also required for drives larger than two terabytes (TB).
    To install as UEFI-GPT you must have a UEFI BIOS. Your DX58SO with latest BIOS has UEFI and Legacy.
    I prefer to install as UEFI-GPT on a MB that does have UEFI BIOS as it's last state of the art. From the point of performance it's the same in most cases.
    - To initialize a drive (as MBR or GPT) the easiest way is during installation. Also to make partitions on the drive do it during installation. Why do you partitioned the drive. For Win 10 it needs 3 or 4 partitions (depending if the drive is initiated as MBR or GPT). Do you want to have a separate a data partition?
    - How big is your SSD?

    This is my Win 10 GPT SSD. As you can see I have a Data partition after the 4 Win 10 partitions.
    Installing to empty SSD-image.png
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