1. rajlodhiya's Avatar
    Device- XPS 15 2-in-1
    OS- No OS. Installed a new empty Samsung EVO Plus SSD
    No specific error messages.

    I changed the SSD on my laptop and was trying to do a clean windows install from an external harddrive. I had to change a few things (Secure boot, thunderbolt configuration) in the BIOS for the setup to run, before that, it said "no bootable device found". After the step in installation when the setup takes 10 seconds to restart, the setup resumes from scratch. In disk selection, I'm seeing the setup files it already installed on the new ssd. In BIOS boot sequence, I'm seeing diskette drive, USB storage, CD/DVD Drive, Onboard NIC in legacy external devices and the old SSD (now uninstalled) on it in UEFI. Any help is appreciated.
    07-15-2019 03:24 PM
  2. ven07's Avatar
    Is the SSD visible under disk management (control panel)?
    07-15-2019 10:36 PM
  3. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I guess I have a few questions.

    What version of Windows are you trying to install? I'm assuming 10 but don't like to make assumptions.

    If it is 10 I don't see anything in the instructions for the ability to use Thunderbolt connection for installation.

    This could be the issue.
    07-16-2019 03:10 AM
  4. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Welcome to the forums. You could try a cloning program. That might get the device to boot with the new drive.
    TechFreak1 likes this.
    07-16-2019 08:18 AM
  5. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Device- XPS 15 2-in-1
    OS- No OS. Installed a new empty Samsung EVO Plus SSD
    No specific error messages.

    I changed the SSD on my laptop and was trying to do a clean windows install from an external harddrive. I had to change a few things (Secure boot, thunderbolt configuration) in the BIOS for the setup to run, before that, it said "no bootable device found". After the step in installation when the setup takes 10 seconds to restart, the setup resumes from scratch. In disk selection, I'm seeing the setup files it already installed on the new ssd. In BIOS boot sequence, I'm seeing diskette drive, USB storage, CD/DVD Drive, Onboard NIC in legacy external devices and the old SSD (now uninstalled) on it in UEFI. Any help is appreciated.
    Instead of installing from an external hdd, it would be best to use the media creation tool to create a bootable USB or download the iso via the media creation tool and use Rufus to create a bootable USB.

    In regards to your issue, try disabling legacy boot and either holding ESC or one of the F# Keys for the boot options list. On it you should be able to see an option to either load UEFI Boot and then navigate to the install files on the external hdd.

    If nothing works, try using a bootable USB.

    Or as Golfdriver 97 said, try a disk cloning program like Minitool's partition wizard or shadow maker.
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    07-16-2019 06:00 PM
  6. rajlodhiya's Avatar
    Its done. Installed and working. The problem was that the laptop came with RAID on default. Had to change that to AHCI and it worked like it should've. Thank you for all the replies.
    TechFreak1 likes this.
    07-17-2019 04:09 PM
  7. rajlodhiya's Avatar
    Welcome to the forums. You could try a cloning program. That might get the device to boot with the new drive.
    I felt that a clean install would be the best way to go. But its done now. The SATA configuration was set to RAID on default and that was causing the problem.
    Golfdriver97 likes this.
    07-17-2019 04:12 PM

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