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Laptop with SATA HDD & M-sata SSD won't boot past 1st bios screen

Hi

I have a laptop with a 500gb SATA HDD. Purchased an m-sata pcie SSD & installed into system. The SSD was recognised & initialised.

I performed a fresh install of W7 onto the SSD & deleted the partition that contained the previous W7 install (500gb SATA drive) in the process. W7 booted to the SSD & i then installed the system drivers  from the Manufacturers disk.

I found the sata 500gb hdd & created a simple volume for data storage. Once drivers were installed i was asked to reboot...This is where my problem started.

Upon boot, it will not get past 'press F2 for setup or F10 for boot menu'. The screen stays this way. I've narrowed the problem down to the previous 500Gb drive (which was new btw), as when i remove this drive, it boots to the W7 install on the SSD fine.

I'm not sure what may be the problem here & would appreciate any advice you could give me?
As the 500GB drive contains other manufacturer recovery partitions (which i left alone), i'm wondering if it's looking for one of these partitions when the previous drive is mounted, as it used to say 'press f11 for recovery options'.
The system is a Medion Akoya P6635 notebook.

Thanks
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jax79sgCommented:
Hi,

Its like the laptop is booting off from the wrong disk.
Have you gone into BIOs and select your new SSD disk as the first boot device? (E.g. Press F2 and continue the changes from there).

To verify the above, all you need is to press F10 when prompt, and see if your order of boot device is wrong.
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Michael-BestCommented:
"the 500GB drive contains other manufacturer recovery partitions (which i left alone)"
This is the problem.
If setting the SSD as first boot in BIOS does not help you may resolve this by moving the other manufacturer recovery partitions to the SSD.
It should not be necessary to delete the other manufacturer recovery partitions, but you may need to set them to be hidden as not to boot from BIOS or startup.
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cuadminAuthor Commented:
Thanks experts. I am out of the office atm but will post back tomorrow once i've checked a few things.
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Michael-BestCommented:
Correction:
You wont be able to use the other manufacturer recovery partitions if you move them to the SSD.
You should have made recovery discs before you deleted the OS and did a fresh install on the SSD.
You probably need to set the other manufacturer recovery partitions as non active or delete them for the system to boot from the SSD OS.

To make the other recovery partitions useable, clone them from the HDD with it connected as a slave disc via a USB cable to another external HDD or to a USB flash drive.

http://lockergnome.net/questions/193439/how-to-save-a-hidden-factory-recovery-partition-to-an-external-hard-drive

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/200466-acer-recovery-partition-moving-hdd-ssd.html
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Change the order of disks in BIOS simply. This must help.
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cuadminAuthor Commented:
I can't change the order of the disks in the bios as i can't get to the bios when the original drive is seated in the system. The screen simply hangs at 'press f2' & press f10. Pressing these does nothing & i can't continue any further.
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cuadminAuthor Commented:
Also, the recovery partitions etc are still accessible when i plug the original drive in via a usb>sata connector.
I also have a recovery dvd.
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nobusCommented:
disconnect the 500 Gb drive - and redo the install; only connect the 500 GB after everything is finished
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cuadminAuthor Commented:
Did that. Same problem.
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nobusCommented:
did you formet the 500 drive - or delete the partitions on it?
otherwise - it may still have bootable info
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Where is that recovery partition? At the start of the drive or at the end?
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cuadminAuthor Commented:
No, i haven't formatted the 500 drive, i deleted the partition containing the O/S & left the recovery partitions as they were.

There are 4 other partitions on the 500gb drive.
G: 100Mb Primary Partion
H: (the 'new' data partition i created) Logical Drive
F: 'Recover' - 50GB - Primary Partition
No Drive letter - 1GB OEM partition.

Thanks for your input so far.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Delete them all. You do not need them.
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cuadminAuthor Commented:
Thankyou very much. I deleted the recovery partitions, & created 1 partition using all the available free space on the original mechanical drive. The system now boots fine.

Appreciate your assistance.
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nobusCommented:
glad to hear it's ok now
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