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  1.    11 Mar 2017 #1
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    Boot from flash drive wants to install. Clean install or upgrade?


    My PC won't boot because it says it can't find the hard drive. I booted from a flash drive, but it wants to do an install. Is it going to wipe everything or just do an "upgrade"?
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  2.    11 Mar 2017 #2
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    Crewe Cheshire
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    Dont understand that what cant find the HD the bios or other if its trying to install its finding a drive I assume?
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  3.    11 Mar 2017 #3
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    Apparently, yes, must be finding the HD. But which will it do - clean install or upgrade?
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  4.    11 Mar 2017 #4
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    What was saying it couldnt see the drive what happens when you try a normal boot?
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  5.    11 Mar 2017 #5
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    Like I said initially, with a normal boot it doesn't find the hard drive.
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  6.    11 Mar 2017 #6
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    so to be clear the bios reports this its not windows starting if you go into the bios it doesnt show it there?
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  7.    11 Mar 2017 #7
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    Booting from a Windows 10 USB flash drive will do a clean install and wipe everything in at lease the Windows OS partition.
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  8.    11 Mar 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klaus View Post
    My PC won't boot because it says it can't find the hard drive. I booted from a flash drive, but it wants to do an install...
    That's the default option, and it will wipe the disk and do a clean install. But you can also boot from the install USB to get to the Advanced Startup options.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...a.html#option5
    You may also be able boot to the repair options without using the USB with Option Six from the above link.

    Either way, one of the advanced startup options is Startup Repair. This may be able to fix your 'missing' hard drive problem and leave the original system intact.
    Startup Repair - Run in Windows 10
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  9.    12 Mar 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Booting from a Windows 10 USB flash drive will do a clean install and wipe everything in at lease the Windows OS partition.
    It will not touch the data partition.
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  10.    12 Mar 2017 #10
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    That`s exactly what Navy said, re read what he said.

    He never said it would wipe a data partition.
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