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  1.    11 Apr 2016 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 / 7

    Clean Install on HDD only booting on 1/3 computers


    I have 3 computers and only 1 of the three boots with a Clean windows 10 install.

    Samsung: 1 is a all in one Samsung 700A3D that the HDD went bust in.
    Referb: 2nd is an old custom build that use to run Raid 0 on the.
    Current: The third is a custom build running off an SSD generally.

    I am using one of the old HDD that use to run on the referbed alone, I have installed windows 10 on this and it boots on the Current PC no issue (all other drives disabled in BIOS)

    When I plug it into the Samsung or the Referb however I get the message
    "Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device or Insert Boot Media in Selected Boot Device"

    The HDD shows in the BIOS but does not boot on both of these machines, this has led me to believe it should be an issue in the BIOS settings as it boots successfully on Current.

    Failed Boot/BIOS Settings
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B46...ew?usp=sharing

    Booting sucessfully (not much to see other than a slow boot time)
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B46...ew?usp=sharing
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  2.    11 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 / 7
    Thread Starter

    Fixes Tried:
    Complete wipe and repartition of drive using EaseUS
    chkdsk /r
    diskpart
    bootrec /fixboot
    bootrec /fixmbr
    bootrec /rebuildbcd (this one failed)
    I can only re-install windows when on the current pc
    when trying to use usb stick for repair disk and reset PC I get no partition available message on the referb.
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  3.    11 Apr 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,551
    Windows 10 Pro

    In the computer that the hard will boot in, open an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt. Run:

    Diskpart
    List Disk

    Is there an asterisk under the DYN or GPT column?
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  4.    12 Apr 2016 #4
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 / 7
    Thread Starter

    Not at home currently but will update once I am, I know I converted disk from MBR to GPT as was receiving errors with this before I could install Windows

    That was converting volume not the disk
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  5.    12 Apr 2016 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,551
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by buzzKillTech View Post
    Not at home currently but will update once I am, I know I converted disk from MBR to GPT as was receiving errors with this before I could install Windows

    That was converting volume not the disk
    You can't convert just one volume to GPT. MBR and GPT are disk level methods of defining the partitions on that disk. The problem is that a bios that is only capable of legacy booting won't boot a GPT disk. That's probably why the hard drive will only boot in the one computer - it's the only computer that has a UEFI bios capable of booting a GPT disk. You are going to have to look in that computer's bios settings and enable legacy or CSM booting. Then convert the hard drive to MBR and use legacy booting on all three computers. CSM is not 100% legacy booting - but emulation for legacy booting that is available in some biossesss.... just what is the plural form of bios anyway?
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  6.    12 Apr 2016 #6
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 10,588
    Windows 10 IoT

    Not sure if I understand exactly what you did? You clean installed on one PC, booted it up etc. Then moved it to another PC and tried to boot from it? If yes, technically, its not a clean install on PC 2? It was altered by PC no1? More info is needed IMHO? If I misunderstood what you did, my apologies.
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  7.    12 Apr 2016 #7
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 / 7
    Thread Starter

    @alphanumeric I installed windows on Current(3rd pc in list) then moved it to Samsung/Referb ( other two both won't boot) I did it this way as it wasn't allowing me to install strait from either of the other two and software to wipe HDD is on Current PC.
    @NavyLCDR I have done DiskPart, List Vol | have a HDD 500 GB and a USB 64GB plugged in
    Disk### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
    Disk0 Online 465GB 0 B *
    Disk1 Online 57GB 0 B

    If I swap to Legacy and convert the HDD to MBR I should be able to do the install strait from the Referbed/Samsung (two that currently are not working)

    just what is the plural form of bios anyway?
    BIOSes or BIOS' I think you managed to confuse me further haha
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  8.    12 Apr 2016 #8
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,551
    Windows 10 Pro

    What are you trying to accomplish at the very end of this? I originally thought you were attempting to create 1 hard drive, with Windows 10 installed on it, and you were going to move that single hard drive from computer to computer as needed.
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  9.    12 Apr 2016 #9
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 / 7
    Thread Starter

    the end goal is to have it working on either the referb'd or the Samsung (sorry for confusion only reason the 3rd pc is involved is because it the only one working to wipe/convert pc's)
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  10.    12 Apr 2016 #10
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,551
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by buzzKillTech View Post
    the end goal is to have it working on either the referb'd or the Samsung (sorry for confusion only reason the 3rd pc is involved is because it the only one working to wipe/convert pc's)
    You can do that from the Windows 10 installation USB/DVD. Boot the computer from the Windows 10 installation USB/DVD, select the custom install option, delete every partition shown on the hard drive you want to install to, select the unallocated space to install Windows 10. Windows 10 setup will figure out if MBR or GPT is needed, create the needed partitions, and do the install to the hard drive.

    If you just let the media creation tool create the USB flash drive for you, it will be bootable with both legacy and UEFI bios - as will a DVD created from the ISO file.

    NOTE: if you let the Media Creation Tool create the USB flash drive for you - it will only format it for 32GB if the flash drive is over 32GB in size.
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