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April 20th, 2024 00:25

Dell OptiPlex 7050 Micro SSD issue

Purchased a Dell OptiPlex 7050 Micro with only a 250gb 2.5" SSD. Activated Windows 10 pro. Worked as expected. Installed a M.2 SSD and cloned the 2.5" to it. I removed the 2.5" and reformatted it on s Windows 11 machine. Booting from the M.2 system without the 2.5" is fine. However, with the reformatted 2.5" also installed I get:

Recovery, Your PC needs to be repaired. What to try please.

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April 20th, 2024 03:51

Re:   ......What to try please.

You can try to power on the OptiPlex and immediately tap F12 continuously until you get a one time boot menu.  Select to boot with the new M.2 SSD.  That should allow you to boot into Windows from the M.2 SSD.

Once you are in Windows, launch Command Prompt and using diskpart tool to select and clean the 2.5" SSD.  Then, exiting diskpart and launch Disk Management wizard to create new partition to the 2.5" drive.  

If you are not familiar with diskpart, you can review the instructions from here

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April 20th, 2024 02:16

Re: with the reformatted 2.5" 

there are EFI and other system partitions on the Dell 2.5"ssd which is not removed by format.  You need to use another pc to delete all existing partitions of 2.5, then create a single new partition followed by format.

format is thought by many users a wipe, which is not true.  format only cleans the file directory within the main partition that you see in explorer.  there are other hidden partitions such as EFI, MSR, Dell recovery or Windows recovery that are not affected.

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