1.    06 Mar 2016 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2016
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    Windows 10

    Issues installing Windows 10 on new hard drive


    I purchased a new hard drive recently, to replace an older one that seemed to have stopped working. I had lost access to the windows 10 disc that originally came with my computer due to a move(I was not able to participate in packing my own things due to being in the hospital) so I purchased a usb flash drive to create a bootable usb to install windows on the hard drive.
    I have gone through the process several times, and each time the computer restarts, I am taken back to the initial installation screen and am forced to go through the process again. This is the first time I've actually replaced a hard drive, so I'm not sure how to proceed or fix the problem. I've redone the process of putting the windows 10 installer on the usb several times, using both the windows 10 media creation tool and rufus using a windows 10 iso.
    I've double checked to make sure nothing within the computer case was disconnected or loose. I'm not sure how to proceed at this point.
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  2.    06 Mar 2016 #2
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Just as the computer reboots the first time during install, pull the flash drive out.

    The problem is that your bios is set to boot from USB flash drive permanently as the first device. Bios needs to be set to boot from the hard drive first as priority - and then you manually tell it to boot from the flash drive when you want it to. The workaround to changing your bios settings is to pull the flash drive out just as the computer reboots the first time when installing Windows 10.

    If you happen to miss it - when the computer reboots into the first install screen again, just remove the flash drive and restart the computer.
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  3.    06 Mar 2016 #3
    Join Date : May 2015
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    Win 10 X64 Pro 15063

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Just as the computer reboots the first time during install, pull the flash drive out.

    The problem is that your bios is set to boot from USB flash drive permanently as the first device. Bios needs to be set to boot from the hard drive first as priority - and then you manually tell it to boot from the flash drive when you want it to. The workaround to changing your bios settings is to pull the flash drive out just as the computer reboots the first time when installing Windows 10.

    If you happen to miss it - when the computer reboots into the first install screen again, just remove the flash drive and restart the computer.
    That sounds right.

    Alternately, use the appropriate function key to temporarily set the boot device to the USB flash drive, with the BIOS set to normally boot from the HD first. The key is pressed during POST (power on self test).

    Unfortunately, the function key varies among PCs. Without knowing anything about the system, it's not possible to suggest the right key. I think it's F11 on my Asrock board. On some older Asus boards, it was F8.
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  4.    07 Mar 2016 #4
    Join Date : Feb 2016
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Ah, it seems i left out information in a rush. I had already used my computer's bios order function to set my usb in the order. Hard drive is first, usb third. I attempted the suggested tactic of removing the usb as the computer reboots, but I ran into a similar issue to the one I faced with the original hard drive i presumed dead: the "no bootable device" error. I'm not exactly sure how or why this error keeps presenting itself.
    To give a bit more insight into what's happening, before I get the no bootable device error, I'm greeted by a splash screen for 2.2tb infinity. I know that this is basically software that comes with the hard drive, but I had never seen it until recently.
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  5.    07 Mar 2016 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    I would recommend you make a flash drive or CD/DVD of Kyhi's PE Rescue disc:
    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

    Boot the computer from that, run MiniTool Partition Wizard, select the icon for the new hard drive you are trying to install windows on and wipe it using write 0s to sectors. This will erase everything on that hard drive.

    Then shut down - disconnect all hard drives except for the one you want to install to. Restart from the Windows 10 USB flash drive and install to the completely wiped clean hard drive - do not manually create any partitions, just let the Windows 10 installer handle it.

    Also, if you have a UEFI bios - and you probably do, make sure you are selecting the UEFI option when booting from the Windows 10 USB flash drive. My bios will give me two options: UEFI USB key and USB key. You want the option that has UEFI in front of it, if it gives you the choice.
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