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Deleted ALL partitions on Surface Pro - Now I can't boot

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    Win8.1 Pro

    Deleted ALL partitions on Surface Pro - Now I can't boot


    Hi, I used Acronis to delete all partitions on my Surface Pro. So there is no recovery, C drive, nothing at all. Just a blank SSD drive without any partitions.
    Now the Surface Pro refuses to boot to any of my USB sticks so I can clean install an OS like I wanted to do.

    I've verified both of my USB sticks are bootable, as I'm able to boot my desktop computer to them in order to install an OS.
    But when I try to boot the Surface Pro Gen1 to the USB stick, I get a quick squiggly screen and then I'm dumped right into the system BIOS.
    I've made sure to power off the Surface Pro, then hold down volume- while pressing the power button, then releasing volume- after seeing the Surface splash screen. But it never goes to any sort of boot menu or anything. Just takes me right into the EFI BIOS.

    Any suggestions?

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Have you enabled Boot Menu in the BIOS ?
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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    In the UEFI/BIOS firmware is there a BOOTOVER option.
    If yes

    Boot USB drive in UEFI mode.

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    Posts : 11
    Win8.1 Pro


    Thanks. But it's a Surface Pro Gen 1. The only BIOS options are: "trusted platform module enable/disable" and "secure boot control enable/disable". No other options are available in the system BIOS.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Does the manufacturer sell recovery disks ?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    I've verified both of my USB sticks are bootable,
    Legacy bootable
    or
    UEFI bootable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Does the manufacturer sell recovery disks ?
    MS is the OEM manufacturer.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 11
    Win8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Does the manufacturer sell recovery disks ?
    Doesn't matter if I can't boot to anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    I've verified both of my USB sticks are bootable,
    Legacy bootable
    or
    UEFI bootable.
    Good question and that might be the problem. I actually just kicked off a new USB burn using an app called "Rufus" which will make UEFI bootable USB.
    Prior to that I used Microsoft's recommended "Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe". Which worked fine on my desktop.

    Here is the Rufus walk-through I'm using now:
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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    Posts : 11
    Win8.1 Pro


    Dangit, no creating the UEFI Bootable USB stick didn't give any different results. Ugh.

    When I boot up using volume- option to get boot menu, you can see the USB stick flash a few times.
    Then I get a sqiggly screen that blinks away after 1/8 of a second and it goes right into the EFI BIOS.
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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Can the UEFI/BIOS firmware see the USB drive as a UEFI bootable device?
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