My stock hard drive has crashed and I bought a compatible Samsung SSD as a replacement. At first I tried installing windows 10 and at the installation progress page the process would freeze and not continue for hours. I tried installing Windows 7 instead and got the same problem. All installation attempts were doing using a USB and I tried installing Ubuntu which was successful. I even installed Linux Mint which was successful and they were all done using the same USB.
Can someone please tell me how I might go about fixing this and would a cmos battery in need of replacing possibly be the reason for this?
I remember one time when I had to disconnect my PC from the router completely to get any further in a Win 7 installation ...
Try to unplug all hardware that isn't absolutely necessary. If you are using WiFi, consider to switch to a LAN cable for the installation.
CMOS battery should not be an issue, because a as long as you don't disconnect your computer from power, the settings won't be lost, even without the battery.
try Clear CMOS so your System forgets the old Secure Boot Settings. then make sure AHCI and Secure Boot is enabled in your BIOS Settings.
befor you install Windows 10 pick UEFI USB Flash from the Boot List.
during Installation delete all Partitions from the SSD and click new. Windows Setup will inform you about additional Partitions it will create. click Ok and install Windows.
i hope it works this Way.
Area 51-R2, BIOS A10, i7-5820K @ 4.0 GHz, Crucial Tactical 64 GB @ 2666 MHz, Titan X(P),
Samsung 960 Pro M2 SSD, Crucial MX300 SSD, 1500W Dell PSU, Win10 Home, Yoda USB Guard
What exact model Alienware? Is this just a standard SATA3/600 based SSD?