Solved Strange Partition, Computer Won't Boot

Dell Dell latitude e6420 14 led notebook...
October 31, 2014 at 08:18:22
Specs: Windows 7 Pro 64Bit, Core i7
My Friend's Samsung laptop crashed . The HDD was toast, so he wanted me to put an SSD in. I installed the SSD, began to loasd Windows, and during the Install, all looked perfectly fine. Custom Install, Fresh Partition, GO!! However, once the install completed, the system rebooted, and it just keep blinking between a straight black screen and a slightly illuminated one, Rinse Repeat. So, I shut down, removed the drive, and put in a new HDD. Start the Windows install on a BRAND NEW HDD out of the Box, and during the partitioning screen, It shows 2 partitions.. a 7.5GB Unallocated Partition, and the HDD. I tried to install to the HDD, all went fine, then, after reboot, the SAME THING. I have now tried 5 HDD's, all with the EXACT same result. Flashing or Blinking Screen. So I took an old drive from an old laptop (that is a working Windows 7 Drive) and put it in here, and tried to boot, and it goes straight to the Windows Failed To Start, do you want to start in Safe Mode, Repair Your Computer, blah blah. So I restart and repeat the install process on this drive, and SAME RESULT. Won't Boot.

So I tried 4 Different Windows Installation Discs/USB's. No Joy.

THEN, just out of frustration and anger, I put the SSD back in, I put my Windows 10 Technical Preview USB Install Drive in, and start the install. The PHANTOM 7.5GB Partition still shows up, but I choose to install on the SSD, and BAM. All installs and loads JUST FINE. Straight to the Windows 10 Tech Preview Desktop. I restart the machine to test it, and it boots STRAIGHT TO WINDOWS AGAIN. WHAT THE HOLY HELL!?!?!

She does not LIKE Windows 8 (10), she wants 7. So how in the world can I get a Windows 7 Installation to go? What am I doing wrong???


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#1
October 31, 2014 at 09:05:32
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I think the 7.5GB is a small SSD used for drive caching. The installation proble m is probably because the laptop is set to use EFI rather than the older BIOS. Windows 8 is happy with this, but Windows 7 not so comfortable. If you want Windows 7 change to legacy BIOS rather than EFI.

http://qemm386.tistory.com/104


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#2
October 31, 2014 at 09:09:03
The working Win 7 drive probably crashed because of a mis-match with hardware.

Any chance that your Win 7 disk has gone wonky or requires cleaning?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
October 31, 2014 at 13:16:04
Thanks for the reply, The system was originally Windows 7. No Joy. I tried UEFI On and UEFI off, same result. Tried changing to Legacy, loading Windows, and Same result AFTER the Final Restart.

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#4
October 31, 2014 at 13:17:08
I have used several Window 7 Installations to complete this, including several Win 8 Installs. The only one that installed and booted was Win 10. So weird. What could be the problem?

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#5
October 31, 2014 at 13:30:19
You've tried the procedure in the link I gave?

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#6
October 31, 2014 at 15:01:56
Dooood... I have been so busy I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. You are a GENIUS. I totally missed the link you shared!!!! Will get started ASAP.

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