highwayman9
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New 2016 Inspiron desktop Windows 10; cloned to Samsung SSD. Original Dell HD is not attached.

Will not boot; F2 does not show the SSD so I cannot change the boot order. F2 shows Windows Boot Manager first and then two NICs.

F12 does allow booting from the new SSD and works perfectly. In F2 bios when I try to add the SSD (it is seen as Samsung SSD part2) I get these menus:

                Return Boot menu

                EFI   (if I chose EFI I get this …)

                                Return Boot Menu

                                <.>

                                <..>

                              <Microsoft>

                             <Dell>

 

                System volume Information   (if I chose I get …)

                                Return Boot Menu

                                <.>

                                <..>

                               <IndexerVolumeGUID>

No idea what all these menu selections mean; what do I do to add this SSD to boot menu?

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RE: add new boot drive to menu

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Hi,

Appreciate your efforts. Thank you for retrying those steps and sharing it here.

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RE: add new boot drive to menu

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Hello highwayman9,


This the normal behavior when you have UEFI BIOS. Please refer http://dell.to/2eUbPo1 follow steps on how to add a boot device. Let us know if it helps.

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highwayman9
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that does not help

i had already reviewed that entry on my own

it is how to add a CD/DVD

 

and the menus are not at all like mine, as I described them in my post

my BIOS does not look like that

my BIOS has options that I don't understand

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Hi,


Please confirm the system model and the current BIOS version. Let me check these settings on my end and see what needs to be done.

Because the steps via the link provided earlier worked on few BIOS to add a HDD. However, please send me the above requested details we will have this tried on our end and let you know what needs to be done.

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highwayman9
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Dell Inspiron 3650

BIOS AMI 3.2.3

Fixed HDD Samsung SSD EVO 250GB

SATA ODD  HL-DT-ST DVD+/-RW GU90N

Second HDD  None

Third HDD      None

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Thank for the details. I will have these options checked and keep you informed.


Please do not post any service tag or personal details on public. Please delete/edit the post as it has the service tag. If you would like to send any details like service tag or any personal information.

please click my DELL-username and send me a Private Message.

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highwayman9
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I got it!

i was inspired to try again because got a message to update Dell updated BIOS; i did

then on the F2 menu there was:

  Return Boot menu

                EFI   (if I chose EFI I get this …)

                                Return Boot Menu

                                <.>

                                <..>

                              <Microsoft>

                             <Dell>

<Boot>

I don't remember <Boot> being there before; I tried it; then i saw a selection with a name like boot.64 (don't remember exactly) but it looked like something I had seen in my research

anyway i selected it then a name box comes up which means name the option being added to the boot menu; i did and then the menu showed:

Windows Boot manager

NIC 1

SSD Samsung (my name I selected)

NIC 2

not sure why it added third, but anyway changed the boot order and voila!

summary: after selecting file browser, chose <boot> then the file that looks something like boot.64, then name your added drive, then fix the order to suit you

problem solved

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Hi,

Appreciate your efforts. Thank you for retrying those steps and sharing it here.

cmray168
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RE: add new boot drive to menu

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same problem here.

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WA1GON
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RE: add new boot drive to menu (why is this so hard)

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I burnt about 6 hours trying to move to m.2 SSD and dorked up my MS boot menu with EasyBCD.

This seems like something a lot of people would need to do.  So why make them dig around on the internet for some obscure posting instead of having documentation on setting up bios?

-Darryl

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