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Msata does not boot.

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    Msata does not boot.


    I'm working with a Lenovo Y580 - 59359513. It comes with windows 8 preinstalled, uefi and all that other jazz. I've made my recovery usb drive, I've made my system image. The msata I installed is an m4 msata 256GB CT256M4SSD3. This drive is recognized in the bios. The disc shows in windows 8 install process. This drive formats and partitions in disk management. The 1 TB HDD is removed. I'm contemplating using it in another system possibly. Was originally going to keep it as a storage drive but I realized my ps3 could use the storage upgrade.

    After not being able to recover via a lenovo provided recovery solution, I decided to Download en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso and checked it against the hash SHA-1: 1CE53AD5F60419CF04A715CF3233F247E48BEEC4

    I make a DVD and a bootable usb both of which boot just fine. It seems to accept my bios stored key as it doesn't prompt for one. Everything is good until I choose my SSD partition. I get:

    "Windows can't be installed on drive 1 partition 4. (Show details)"

    partition 4 is the primary partition the installer creates for me when I delete all partitions and have it repartition for me. Showing details gets me:

    "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."

    I've heard of many people booting off of their msata. One person I remember having the same exact model as me. Sata controller is AHCI. Well I disregard and I install anyway. It installs but when it reboots, it goes back to booting to the windows media. My SSD is not listed as a boot device in boot manager. My computer fails to boot even if I remove the install media. I have no clue what to do. What am I missing?

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    Take a look at this post about Lenovo PC' s with Preinstalled Windows 8.
    Moving pre-installed Windows 8 from HDD to SSD

    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Take a look at this post about Lenovo PC' s with Preinstalled Windows 8.
    Moving pre-installed Windows 8 from HDD to SSD

    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.
    I have been following those threads. But I don't see any info for my situation. I'm doing a clean install with windows 8 install media. If my install won't boot, I don't see how migrating would do anything different for me.
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    Yes sir. Both dvd and usb read as EFI and boot through secureboot which is enabled.

    Edit: Another tidbit of info. My usb thumbdrive of my oem recovery drive recognizes the windows 8 install allowing me to use it on my msata ssd. I recovered using the OEM windows 8 recovery drive but it still isn't bootable.
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    Yep, I know. Thats why I'm so frustrated. This SHOULD have been simple from day 1. I simply have no clue what to do. I'm familiar with the threads in the lenovo forum as well as several others. I don't know why I am having trouble. I have been researching my y580 since I bought it a month ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmsmith616
    "Windows can't be installed on drive 1 partition 4. (Show details)"

    partition 4 is the primary partition the installer creates for me when I delete all partitions and have it repartition for me. Showing details gets me:

    "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."
    This a only a warning for PC with non-uEFI/BIOS firmware.

    You have uEFI, click OK, than NEXT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tmsmith616
    "Windows can't be installed on drive 1 partition 4. (Show details)"

    partition 4 is the primary partition the installer creates for me when I delete all partitions and have it repartition for me. Showing details gets me:

    "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."
    This a only a warning for PC with non-uEFI/BIOS firmware.

    You have uEFI, click OK, than NEXT.
    I did attempt an install anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by tmsmith616 View Post
    I disregard and I install anyway. It installs but when it reboots, it goes back to booting to the windows media. My SSD is not listed as a boot device in boot manager. My computer fails to boot even if I remove the install media.
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    Try Cleaning the Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums
    Than type> convert gpt

    Click image for larger version
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