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Cannot Select SSD as primary BOOT device


#1
Hi Anyone: Need help if you have a solution or can point me in the right direction. . . Recently installed OCZ Vertex4 SSD to my Dell Aurora R4 and cloned existing boot drive to new SSD drive BUT do not know how to set SSD as primary boot drive. Any help is greatly appreciated. boot~screen5.jpg
 

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    Windows 8 - 64 bit
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Alienware Aurora R4
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-4820K
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    Alienware
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    16 gb
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#2
On the UEFI Boot / Legacy Boot screen, can you scroll down to the Legacy Boot list , highlight OCZ Vertex4, then hit ENTER?

Also, on the screen with Set Boot Priority, scroll to Boot Mode, hit ENTER, and see if it will let you select BIOS. If it will, then that should allow you to select your SSD as the primary boot device.
 

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    Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell
    CPU
    Haswell
    Memory
    4 GB
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    Acer 23"
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    Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
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#3
On the UEFI Boot / Legacy Boot screen, can you scroll down to the Legacy Boot list , highlight OCZ Vertex4, then hit ENTER?

Also, on the screen with Set Boot Priority, scroll to Boot Mode, hit ENTER, and see if it will let you select BIOS. If it will, then that should allow you to select your SSD as the primary boot device.
Hi mrjimphelps: Just got home. Long day. I did what you told me ( if I have the right screens ) and result was not encouraging...
Black screen with white letters " PC says reboot and select proper boot device "

Rebooted and went to next screen SET BOOT PRIORITY scrolled to boot mode, hit enter and I saw nothing about selecting bios other than changing from UEFI to LEGACY which I did and got WARNING: Changing boot modes will require that your boot storage device be partitioned to match the boot mode compatibility. Changing boot modes could result in an incompatible boot storage device which may prevent the original OS boot. Restoring the boot mode may resolve this failure.

Black screen white letters "PC says reboot and select proper boot device "

So I rebooted and all is good but boot time was consistent at 80 seconds - - - much slower than an SSD.

I feel retarded

Frank Read

See screens:
 

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    Windows 8 - 64 bit
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Alienware Aurora R4
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-4820K
    Motherboard
    Alienware
    Memory
    16 gb
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    NIVIDIA GeForce GTX 780
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#4
Not sure what to tell you, but I would not allow it to repartition my hard drive. You may end up losing all of your data, programs, etc., if the hard drive is repartitioned.
 

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  • OS
    Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell
    CPU
    Haswell
    Memory
    4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M
    Browser
    Firefox, Opera
    Antivirus
    Sophos (Linux), Trend Micro (Windows)
    Other Info
    I use Samba to share my data drive with the other computers at my house and with my guest session in VMWare Workstation Player.
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#5
Not sure what to tell you, but I would not allow it to repartition my hard drive. You may end up losing all of your data, programs, etc., if the hard drive is repartitioned.
Thanks. . . You have been helpful . . . Could repartition as separate GPT drive with cloned Windows 8 on it. Will keep researching for answer . . . If you get a lightbulb let me know. Checked with Dell and they charge $175 hr but NO guarantees that I can see. Way too much and AMI don't acept emails from Gmail, Yahoo etc. . . so I may play some more with it after some more research. Likely something simple I am missing. . . your pointers were helpful. Thanks again Frank Read
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 - 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell Alienware Aurora R4
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-4820K
    Motherboard
    Alienware
    Memory
    16 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    NIVIDIA GeForce GTX 780
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    AVG
Posts
46
#6
If you first get a good backup of your hard drive, and are sure that you can restore it to the hard drive, you could try different things. If things go wrong, you can always restore the backup.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell
    CPU
    Haswell
    Memory
    4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M
    Browser
    Firefox, Opera
    Antivirus
    Sophos (Linux), Trend Micro (Windows)
    Other Info
    I use Samba to share my data drive with the other computers at my house and with my guest session in VMWare Workstation Player.