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Toshiba Satellite P50-A
i 7-4700MQ CPU @ 2.40GHz 2.40GHz
64 Window 10 Home

I'm trying to install a SSD HD with a kit an I can't enter the bios:

https://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digital-Notebook-SV300S3N7A-240G/dp/B00A1ZU00O/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1473861825&sr=1-3&keywords=kingston+ssd+upgrade+kit

I've tried everything holding the ESC key holding F2,F12, holding the function key plus tapping F2, F12 , shutting down all the way by holding the shift key. It just says "No media present"
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what exactly happens when you press and hold F2 and then afterwards power button
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Nothing just says no media present. It doesn't go to the bios
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In Windows 10 open "Settings", "Update & security", "Recovery", then click on "Restart now". Now the PC should boot into a recovery mode where you can choose how you want to boot the PC, one of those menu options is to enter the BIOS.

Once you are within the BIOS you should be able change settings so that the PC waits at the post screen so you can use your hot-key to go directly into the BIOS.
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Just did a Toshiba last week:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8HAdZ3iSks
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I need it to start from the CD so I can install the clone software. So you are saying I re install the original HD back into the computers, go to Windows 10 settings, make that adjustment, take out the old HD, put in the SSD then start the computer?
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Yes.
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I went into settings into the bio. Found the CD highlighted it, exited and saved. There's no change. I didn't see how I could make the PC wait at the post screen fo the hot keys
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Disable secureboot in the BIOS. Your CD probably isn't signed with the necessary key to be able to boot with secureboot on. You might even have to change the BIOS from UEFI to CSM or legacy mode.
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Ok I'll try that
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I get to the bios, changed everything and the CD loaded but it didn't find the drives. NOW I go into bios it won't save the setting and gives a MBR error 1, press any key to boot from floppy
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Which drives can't it see? What utility did you use?
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I put the original hard dive back in and reset the bios to what it was before, secured boot, UEFI, boot from HD and now the error is insert boot media and press a key
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KingstonSSD now. I think it messed up my hard drive. It won't let me boot at all from the original HD and settings
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Look at Paragon's Rescue Kit. It should be able to fix boot problems.

https://paragon-software.com/home/rk-free/

They also have a migrate OS to SSD product, but that one isn't free.
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It is Acronis True image HD
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I don't use Acronis. Paragon is better and less expensive in my point of view.
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Acronis came with the SSD.
I downloaded paragon to the flash drive, went in the bios, set to boot from flash drive, same error. The flash drive doesn't even light up
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It won't save my settings in the bios to USB or any other. When I hit F2 and go back to the bios, it shows starting from the HD
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You can't just download the Paragon rescue kit to a USB stick. It is an exe file ans you have to run that first on another PC so it gets extracted and installed.Then you get a menu with "Recovery media builder. A wizard then starts and then you can create an iso or bootable USB stick using the wizard.
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Oh.
This is going to take a bit...
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I got it installed. Do I want boot creator?
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Yes.
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I did the correct master boot record, correct boot parameters
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I put everything back to the original in the bios. I still have " checking media presence ..no media ...
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Still wants me to boot from floppy after MBR error.
I think this upgrade bricked my computer. It asked me to add a drive then when I did and tried to clone it it said cannot clone an empty drive. Same with the destination drive.
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I got it to boot from the Kingston SSDnow 300 CD. When I try to clone the drive, I have to select the source disk. It showed source disc but no destination disc. I added drives, probably by mistake, now when I try to clone, both the source and destination disks are listed but it doesn't show data on the disks. When I click Acronis true image error shows " an empty hard disk cannot be selected as a source disk for cloning" I get the same for the destination disk. So, I'll close this one out and repost this problem.
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Often when migrating/transitioning from an existing drive to a new drive, the new drive is usually in a laptop is connected via a USB port to the laptop. The system is booted, the Acronis true image is installed on the OS, and then run to clone to the USB connected SSD.

It is not clear what approach you used. Do you have another system to which you can connect your ORIGINAL drive via USB or if it is a Desktop, directly via SATA. Once that is done, pull the information you still have on the laptop drive
<UDB|otherconnected Drive letter>:\users etc.

One you pull your information, make sure you have all your information. IF you had encryption setup, hopefully you backed up your certificate/keys such that you can install them on this computer and access those data files.
One you confirm that you've retrieved all that you need, reset the computer with the original drive to Factory defaults. and start from scratch.

A similar approach is to copy the efi/boot and recovery partitions from the original drive to the SSD. then during bootup with only the SSD connected on the laptop enter recovery mode, and restore the system to factory default .......

once there, attach the original HD via USB and pull the information ........

There are way too many possibilities as others suggested that may have, changed the secure boot, the UEFI boot ...... that prevents the bootup from the original drive, Entering the UEFI boot manager to see whether it gives you an option/opportunity to boot from the orignal drive, or repair the UEFI boot to point ..........
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I have toshiba with
F10 - BIOS
Alt-F10 - recovery
And none works with system reboot, you need to hold the button when pressing power button.
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It looks as if your first try to clone the disk you selected the wrong disk as source, and the wrong one as destination, or something similar
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Yes, now I can enter the bios no problem but my drives are all messed up. I think it's because when it said there was no destination disk, I added the disk by initializing disk in MBR layout using Master Boot Record as opposed to the other option GPT for GUID partition table. Not known what else to do, I think that's the cause.
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You'd need GPT anyway for an UEFI BIOS.
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