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Can't Install Windows 8 on Lenovo Ideapad Flex 14

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I have a Lenovo Ideapad Flex 14 that I'm attempting to load Windows 8.1.  I've installed a new hard drive.  I have a Windows 8.1 DVD and a bootable USB drive.  The laptop will not see the USB DVD drive when the boot menu is displayed.  I've disabled UEFI and am using Legacy boot.   I can boot to the USB drive but I click next I receive the error, "We could't create a new partition or locate and existing one...."  In the past I've gotten around this message on other machines by using the Boot DVD but on this machine it refuses to see the optical drive.  I've ensured that Boot from USB is enabled within the BIOS.  I know the USB DVD drive works also.  I know that the Win 8.1 DVD works.  I've tried different USB ports on the laptop all to no avail.  Please help.  Thanks in advance.
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by:Trenton Knew
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I ran into this problem as well once on a Windows 8 install.  The system will boot fine from the USB, but will see it as a primary hard drive and will not partition the HDD successfully if booted with the Flash Disk attached.  Did you boot from DVD while the USB was NOT attached to the system?  is there a hotkey at boot to select the boot device?  Sometimes the DVD drive is moved way down the chain.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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use the windows 7 download tool and put the files on the usb drive (4GB+)
http://wudt.codeplex.com/
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by:Trenton Knew
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Is there an operating system currently installed on the system now?  if it's windows 8, maybe you need to reboot it from the current win 8 in order to boot from CD.  To do this, startup the machine, then hold down the shift key while selecting reboot from the shutdown options.  you will get a menu that allows you to select "boot from device" or something like that.

Your windows 8 DVD might be UEFI though, you might need that turned on for it to work.
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if the hard drive is >2TB then you need to enable UEFI and also bot using EFI and not the MBR boot.
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Hard drive is 250gb.
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i assume you disabled secure boot?  if not, do that -here's how :  http://itsfoss.com/disable-uefi-secure-boot-in-windows-8/
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You should be able to overcome the error you see when booting from usb: https://www.google.com/search?q=We+could't+create+a+new+partition+or+locate+and+existing+one&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-ContextMenu&ie=&oe=&gws_rd=ssl has many solutions, mostly they advise you to disconnect all unneeded hard drives and also card readers.
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by:Jagarm
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Sometimes plugging the USB into USB 3.0 causes issues. Try different USB ports.

Also see if there's an update for your BIOS

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by:nobus
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i assume the new drive does not have partitions? if it has a couple, that can be the cause
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by:1namyln
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New drive does not have partitions.  I've cloned the old drive to the new then restored from the factory partition.  Thanks for the help.
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enjoy, and tx for feedback
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