Add SSD to Toshiba W50-A1510 error “Insert system disk… Press any key when ready…”

I have recently received a new W50-A1510. I added the SSD (Intel 330 160GB) and BIOS see's it. I was able to successfully complete the Toshiba Recovery Wizard for Windows 8.1 Pro x64 but when I click finish and it reboots it  displays the error: “Insert system disk… Press any key when ready…” I checked BIOS to make sure that be first boot device is SATA and UEFI Boot is enabled. I did not see an AHCI setting in BIOS to enable to disable. I downloaded the Windows 8 x64 Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver from Toshiba ( and made a USB and DVD of Windows 8.1 Pro VL with autounattend.xml and placed the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver in the drivers folder on the root of the install media and it immediately goes to the “Insert system disk… Press any key when ready…” error. When I use a Windows 8.1 Pro VL untouched DVD it is able to go through the wizard successfully but fails the same as the Toshiba Recovery Media, after the final reboot it goes to the “Insert system disk… Press any key when ready…” screen. I am not sure why it is not able to use the autounattend.xml file. Here is the autounattend.xml file I have been using to try and load the SSD driver:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="" xmlns:xsi="">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsWinPE" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="" xmlns:xsi="">
                <PathAndCredentials wcm:action="add" wcm:keyValue="1">
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />

I also made sure to change lines 4 and 17 from "x86" to "amd64" before saving to my install media. When I called Toshiba I was referred to a local Authorized Toshiba repair facility and received no call back. When using EE to research this error I found a post from 2011 that suggested to try and use the autounattend.xml method but didn't find much else related to this other than it seems to be a known issue with certain Toshiba laptops. I am sure it may have to do with Toshiba wanting you to buy a laptop configured with an SSD from the factory. I wanted to keep my Windows 7 Pro HDD seperate from my Windows 8.1 Pro testing drive and could really use the performance boost of an SSD.  I am hoping someone on EE may have some experience with this and maybe point out a mistake I have made in my installation process. The SSD is able to have partitions created and data saved to it during the installation process using both the Toshiba Recovery media and Windows 8.1 Pro VL untouched so it only seems to be a limitation with the laptop itself.
Thank You in advance.
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is the SSD seen in the bios?
is the partition set to active ?
you can use the paragon rescue kit
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Have you updated the BIOS to version 3.10?  Toshiba is bad about what a new BIOS fixes; but, manufacturers don't generally release BIOS updates without a reason:

Most recovery media, these days, consists of WIM files which require they be restored on a drive of identical parameters to the one they were created from (i.e. restoring a WIM file made for a 500GB drive won't work on a smaller drive)

Its also often necessary to disable secure boot in the BIOS during the O/S installation.

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DATmediatvAuthor Commented:
The real answer to this question was on the whole time. When you go to the toshiba homepage, click on ACCESSORIES and use the pull down filters to select which toshiba model you have. When the page for all the products come up for that laptop click on the Storage filter option on the left side of the page and it will then show you all the disks available for that laptop. In this case I was lucky enough to have the W50 have an SSD available on that list. Got the model number listed on the page, used my Toshiba Windows 8.1 Recovery DVD's and it is now working properly with a user installed Toshiba SSD.
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