I just confirmed a failure of my Dell HD that came with my laptop. I have had no trouble out of it since I bought it but with all the travels and crammed luggage slammed carryon's in my life over the past 6 years. It was probably due.
So with the HD failure. I ran out and bought a Sandisk ULTRA II SSD
The PC originally had Win 7 Professional. Which I have a disk for that from the Microsoft Partner Program not the OEM disk. I do not recall it having one. I got this through a University purchase near the Dell center in Nashville, TN.
What I have is an external CD/DVD burner by LG with Win7Pro disk in the bay.
I have a SanDisk Cruzer Mini 4 GB flash with the same Files for Win7Pro copied on it.
I was using my Setup Process Going into my Phoenix BIOS Ver A14 for my Dell Vostro 3750 and I can see the Boot Sequence options. Set to fig. 1
1. Removable Drive
2. CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive
3. US Storage Device
4. Hard Drive
I have tried many combinations. However, when I Save & Exit. My machine I thought should go to the settings and pick up one of the devices listed above. I have setup to read the files for Win 7 Pro. Unfortunately the machine restarts over to the hard drive which has no operating system on it at the moment and (so I obviously have to restart) when I hit F12 it goes to the boot menu which has only the following listed. fig. 2
1. Hard Drive
My only choices. I cannot get to a startup of the disk drive or the flash drive. So the cycle continues. I have read and read about many solutions but none are either available or none work. Such as
1. Disable Secure Boot - Not listed in BIOS
2. UEFI setup or modification. NOT present anywhere I can find. Either in BIOS or Advanced Options in WIn10 (which is what I had upgraded to from Win7Pro.
3. I do not see anything Legacy Boot related on the entire BIOS setup....and I have looked and looked.
I am in an endless loop cannot find nor see a solution. Spent all weekend trying to get this new SSD installed so I can get back to work. I am totally deflated. If anyone can help me please.....please do.
Oh I should mention that I did have at one time the install started with Win7Pro. from the CD. Then it stopped suddenly saying I was missing a driver for something. I think it was a driver for USB? Not 100% on that. So I started down that path looking for drivers and could not find these missing drivers on the CD I was installing from. I did have a spare backup Win7Ultimate which I tried to install from same problem occurred. During that time I had it seemingly working I recall having seen the Boot Menu showing all the options mentioned in fig 1. When they disappeared I could not seem to restart the Win Install files.