Windows 10: How to "point" W10 install to a new drive (ssd)

  1.    20 May 2016 #1

    How to "point" W10 install to a new drive (ssd)

    My current C: drive, won't refresh because of "unsupported layout for UEFI firmware". Research indicates that I would have to clean off the entire disk (4 partions) in order to make it GPT so the install could proceed.
    I have a 119GB SSD that I designated a GPT disk, but otherwise, it is empty. How would I direct a clean install of W10 to the SSD? If that works, how do I take the original boot drive out of operation while still retaining access to the many apps and programs on the original C: drive?
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  2.    20 May 2016 #2

    Which one of the steps in this tutorial are you getting blocked at: ? Of particular relevancy in your case would be Steps 10 and 13.
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       20 May 2016 #3

    Word Man said: View Post
    Which one of the steps in this tutorial are you getting blocked at: ? Of particular relevancy in your case would be Steps 10 and 13.
    If I understand you correctly, you wanted to clean install Windows 10 on SSD while keeping the old installation to use the programs but not the OS? That won't work. You have to reinstall everything to the SSD.
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  4.    21 May 2016 #4

    In your situation you should just use MBR instead of GPT, it might work a lot better. I am running my new Asus Z-97A with UEFI and MBR and it is a great combination.
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  5.    21 May 2016 #5

    Run with MBR

    That's what I'm doing at the moment, but when I try to do a refresh install, it fails with the message: "unsupported layout for UEFI firmware." Another big issue is that somehow I am missing a MSR partition on my boot drive.
    Seems as though I'm going to have to clean the disk and reinstall.
    Thanks for your support.
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       21 May 2016 #6

    I am running both MBR and GPT at the same time on my ASRock Z97 Extreme6 mobo. GPT as my main 10586 OS and the Insider Preview on MBR. This setup work perfectly if you don't want 2 OSes to mess up with each other. But I agree that running on MBR is less complicated.

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  7.    21 May 2016 #7

    My disk situation.

    Here's a capture of my disk situation. Drive 4 is the boot drive. It seems to have no MSR partition. The entire disk is not GPT, and it seems that I can't install an MSR on a non-GPT disk. My present plan is to move the contents of F: to J: then convert F: to GPT and reinstall a backup of C: on F:
    I have no idea if converting F: to GPT will automatically create a MSR partition; but I can try this without clearing Drive 4. I also have backups.
    I am avoiding Drive E: (the SSD) because it is too small to hold my current Drive 4 C: partition. If I did put Win10 (only) on Drive E: , would other programs or apps also have to be placed on that drive, or could E: deal with them when they were on another drive? I am really unsure in this area because I have just been slapping new programs onto my rather large C: partition.
    Thanks for your help.

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