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New mSata install from Acer recovery USB- in bios, no boot

  1. #1

    Posts : 4
    Win 8

    New mSata install from Acer recovery USB- in bios, no boot

    Hi all, I'm terribly confused and I hope someone can help me figure out what I"m doing wrong.

    These are the steps I've taken-- OS Win 8, pre-installed by Acer.

    1) Make recovery USB using the Acer recovery wizard, with the laptop in stock configuration.
    2) Install msata as secondary drive
    3) Go to Computer management and initialize the msata and format with GPT style. Format the drive, assign a drive letter. (I only see 1 partition). I did this as NTFS/default allocation size. Is this where I went wrong?
    4) Remove the factory HDD (listed as HDD0 in BIOS)
    5) Boot to BIOS
    5a) in BIOS, disable secure boot.
    5b) Go to legacy mode
    5c) Set msata (HDD1 in BIOS) as #1 in boot order

    6) boot to USB recovery drive, follow steps to restore from USB (clean install, make partitions as it wants)

    7) remove USB, reboot.

    error message-- no bootable device. I can basically load the USB again or the BIOS.

    It's my first time with Win 8 and this kind of system. Thanks in advance for the advice.
    Last edited by hicksville; 14 Jan 2014 at 21:12.

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  2. #2

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

    1) YES.

    2) t0 5c) NO.

    6) Base of YES.(with unformatted drive.)

    7) YES.

    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    Windows 8 - Create a Factory Default Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
    Windows 8 - Create a Drivers and Applications Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
    Windows 8 - Restore Windows With a USB Recovery Drive - YouTube
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
    You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
    Acer | Recovery Media
    Check in Accessories
    or check the main web site.
    Acer Worldwide - Select your local country or region
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  3. #3

    Posts : 4
    Win 8

    Thank you. Turns out the Acer USB recovery disk is the wrong method. I put both drives back in and cloned the OEM HDD to the new SSD using Macrium Reflect free, and it worked perfectly. Running with just the new SSD in there.

    i'm sure I'll have more questions in time, but for now this is solved.
    Answer: clone, not USB recovery media.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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