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BIOS Question/Swapping Drives

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by lj50, 2017/09/05.

  1. 2017/09/05
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    I got a new Seagate FireCuda 2.5' 2TBHDD. Going to try and swap between drives Windows7Pro on a the 1tb the drive that came with the machine and Windows10Pro that I'm going to install on the 2TB. Can I install Windows10 using legacy mode. If I can will it affect any thing in the OS for example will it still boot into Windows10 play and record using the DVD drive, still use USB. If I can't, when I swap the drive back to Windows7 will I be able to go from UEFI mode back to legacy mode.
     
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    It's a Dell Inspiron 15 5559 Notebook PC.
     
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    Well, the silence must be broken ... :eek: ... but I don't know if this "speculation" will help or trigger someone else!

    I dual boot Win XP and Win 7. Both are installed on separate partitions on the same HDD. The HDD had been formated (three paritions) during the installation of XP which meant that the Win 7 installer had to install on the partition I told it to and it also created the dual boot.

    Subsequently, I upgraded Win 7 to Win 10, still a dual boot with XP and created an Image of the system. I have decided to stay with Win 7 but I have restored the Win 10 image on a few occasions to do some temporary tests. My conclusion is that you should be able to swap drives, as long as the boot mode for both operating systems is "legacy". If the boot mode for Win 10 is UEFI, then you would have to change it in the BIOS for each drive swap.

    As I said ... o_O ... pure speculation!
     
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    Thanks Christer. I'm just going to install the new drive Leave the BIOS the way it is(Legacy enabled UEFI disable) and see what happens. I read in the BIOS on the Dell that you disable Legacy and enable UEFI if you want to use secure boot. I called Dell to clarify but they want me take an extended service contract in order to answer me. What's the worst that can happen I have to remove the drive with Win 10 on it and put the drive with Win7 on it. It should still boot into Win7. Do you think that'll work.
     
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    I have to install Win10 using UEFI mode. I can only get so far with the installation then it either goes diagnostic mode or to a screen that displays Turn off PC or Troubleshoot Now I'm wondering if the new if Seagate FireCudea I bought is compatible with machine for the drive overview click Here
     
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    I'm sorry to say that I'll be of no help when it comes to fresh installations of Win 10. All I've done is to upgrade a few computers from Win 7 to Win 10 and to buy a laptop with Win 10 preinstalled. I haven't even checked whether the laptop is installed in lecacy mode or UEFI ... :oops: ... !
     
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    Thanks for responding. Nothing worked performed a diagnostic on the drive it passed. The drive is compatible.
     
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    Has your Dell Inspiron 15 5559 Notebook PC got 2 HDD storage facilities? Or are you going to swap the drives in and out?
    If you put W10 on your SSHD 2TB drive it will need to run in UEFI.
    If you swap your W7 drive - you will need to change to Legacy in BIOS.
    You can install W7 64bit in UEFI mode. Read this: Installing Windows 7 on UEFI based computer
     
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    Swapping drives. I know it is under (F2) General boot sequence. I spoke to a Dell technician and sent me this
    Yeah I had mentioned on the call it does not always work. All you will need to change is go into the BIOS (F2). Expand general, boot sequence, then select legacy for win7 or UEFI for win10. Uncertain which screen it was he told me to do it on. I could explained it better if I can get into the bios. With assistance of a dell tech I finally got win 10 installed. It's been It started on Tuesday 09-12-17 @0212 and is still running at time of this posting.
     
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    Windows 10 (Dell Media) *Retail media will follow the Windows 8 instructions.



    1. To run the installation disk or installation USB, insert the Windows installation disk or USB into the system.
    2. Shut down the computer
    3. When press your computer's Power button and watch for the Dell logo to appear.
    4. When the logo appears, press the F12 key to load the Boot menu.
    5. If this menu does not appear, try restarting your computer again and pressing F12 several times when the Dell logo appears.
    6. Once the Boot menu opens, select the optical or USB drive with the Windows installation media and press Enter.
    7. When Windows 10 Setup appears, confirm that the Language, Time, Currency and Keyboard Method fields display the correct settings.
    8. Choose troubleshoot option.
    9. Choose recover from a drive.
    10. Choose just remove my files.
    11. Click recover and the system will then start the installation.
    12. Follow the on screen messages to create a user name, select update preferences, and internet access options
     
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    I'm going to swap drives at a later date. So I'll mark this as resolved for the time being. To all who responded and helped many thanks.
     
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    Swapped the Windows 10 drive out for the windows 7 drive. Worked in Windows 7 for a bit then swapped out the Windows 7 drive for the Windows 10 drive. No problems during either procedure. I am now currently working with Windows 10.
     

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