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Toshiba Satellite P875-S7310 will not boot from CD/DVD

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I just bought a shiny new Toshiba Satellite and I have spent hours trying to figure how to make it boot from the CD/DVD ROM drive.  I set the ODD at the top (high priority - see screen shot) and no joy.  There were some posts that mentioned holding down the "C" key while the system POSTed but no joy here either.

System specs:
- Windows 8 Home Premium 64bit
- 8GB RAM
- 120GB Kingston SSD
- 750GB HDD (system drive)

What I ultimately want to do is clone my current system drive to the 120GB SSD and use my HDD for VMs.  I have an Acronis CD that will do the job if I could get the blasted thing to boot from it.  I've tried Windows 7 DVDs, Ubuntu Live CD and a couple of others - nothing works.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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You may need to disable UEFI in the BIOS and set the boot sequence in the BIOS as well. Is that what you meant above about boot order?

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I was able to set the boot order in the Desktop Assit tool.  Apparently this has no effect unless you disable UEFI which I have now done - thanks thinkpads_user.  Now I can get the CD to boot but Acronis only sees my 120GB SSD drive and not the 750GB HDD.  Arrrrg!
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Please take a look at this Acronis support article to see if it helps.

http://forum.acronis.com/forum/17862

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Good thread - I think I'm goind to try the disk image backup and restore method.  Stay tuned.
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et al,

I am interesed in the answer to this, so just chiming in.

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nobus - excellent reads particularly the article from Redmond.  Here was the solution I was able to come up with.  I was actually pleasantly surprised with Toshiba - was on the verge of cursing them.

Apparently Toshiba and presumably others have all their device drivers loaded in a pre-boot firmware (I think).  I had a Windows 8, 64bit DVD and said the heck with it and decided to just bite the bullet and re-install the OS from scratch.

1.  The first step is to set the BIOS to "legacy" mode (here is a link explaining how: http://www.top-password.com/blog/how-to-access-uefi-bios-setup-in-windows-8/).

2.  I took out the OEM 750GB HDD and replaced it with a Kingston 120GB SSD I bought.

3.  Boot from the Windows 8 DVD - and to my amazement the process showed a Toshiba splash screen after the Windows 8 DVD started loading.  The slash screen stayed in place for a disturbingly long period of time.  Now bear in mind that this DVD was one I got directly from Microsoft and not through Toshiba.  At this point I think some kind of sysprep took place pre-staging all the device drivers.

4.  The standard install went quick and to my amazement all the devices were properly identified and installed.  I didn't have to download any device drivers from the Toshiba web site.  As a bonus, Toshiba did not force all the "bloatware" back on my install either - just drivers.  The OS was activated and properly indentified as Home Premium 64bit.

5.  Set the BIOS back to UEFI mode (if you want).
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@robcambra - Thank you and I was happy to help you with this.

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