How do you do a bios boot? My only option for turning off UEFI is to switch to legacy mode, and then it won't find the drive during boot
I had the pleasure of attempting to replace a faulty hard drive in an Inspiron 24 (3455) and came across this thread and I was set on using UEFI; I tried injecting Dell's WinPE driver package and loading various drivers manually with no success. UEFI is better than BIOS for a number of reasons, it can protect against rootkit viruses and boots faster. I was unsuccessful, I might be able to come up with a solution, but Shadow of the Tomb Raider isn't going to play itself and the user might want their computer back soon.
The initial issue was that the computer kept booting to recovery mode, I found two problems: the drive had bad sectors and the EFI partition was damaged.
I fixed the original HDD:
With the original HDD accessible, I thought I'd achieve success by creating recovery media inside Dell's Windows 10 installation. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME (seriously, it'll take hours to build the media even using a USB 3.0 key). Using Windows 10's 'create recovery media' on the 3455 will re-create the partitions on your new drive and place Windows on the OS drive, but it won't boot, it doesn't put WinPE on the recovery partition, and it doesn't put a recovery image on the Image partition!
You're probably going to need some serious BCD knowledge to get UEFI working with an aftermarket drive installation on the 3455. I tried to use Partition Wizard, it was promising because I was able to get it to copy all data and partitions, but the partitions and/or BCD needed some serious TLC to get the drive to boot (the BillyBigun solution might work, I didn't try). Since this machine can live on with its original HDD repaired by chkdsk, I'm leaving it with that and if I have to replace the drive in the future then it'll have to live in BIOS mode. If it were my job to ensure this machine could live on in UEFI mode, I'd create a solution, but Dell apparently didn't think a budget AMD PC was worth the time and I'm siding with them at this point.
Years ago Dell had software that would build proper restore media, I think there was some kind of legal BS regarding restore media that prevented it from being easily obtainable; perhaps recent legislation regarding right to repair will make this media easier to obtain in the future.
I'm trying to do the same thing with my Inspiron 24 3455. It looks like this issue has been going on for some time. I would like to know if some can provide some details on how they were able to do a successful upgrade to an SSD drive. I have tried all the methods I have been able to find to this point without any success.
I have seen this problem on two different Inspiron 24 3455's now. First time was with a Crucial SSD, second time with a Samsung SSD. I think those two brands of SSD's are the problem. I've seen other posts with those 2 brands too. With them I was unable to clone or even to install a brand new Windows 10 after formatting. I was finally able to install new Windows from scratch on another brand: "ADATA", and I was at last able to clone (with Macrium) onto a PNY SSD. Both times I had UEFI with Secure boot Disabled, and TPM Disabled, but I don't know if these are really issues. I hope this saves someone some serious time! I've probably spent 16 hours on it!