I had a Dell Inspiron 660 desktop that I had taken the hard disk from to put in my new rig. I recently put a blank hard disk in the Inspiron and am trying to boot Windows 7 on it from USB, but I'm running into some issues. (Note that the USB boot drive comes from a friend who has used it countless times without issue on his own systems)
First attempts to boot up returned a "No Boot Device" error. From there we've tried changing settings in the F2 menu (changing device priority, enabling legacy mode, etc) to no avail, although disabling Secure Boot has the unintended effect of rendering the computer completely unresponsive on power up (blank screen, no dell logo or any keyboard response) until the BIOS are reset by removing the battery on the motherboard.
The Owners manual (http://www.manualslib.com/manual/418636/Dell-Inspiron-660.html?page=101#manual) speaks of options on the F12 menu that just aren't there (the Boot Device Menu from which I am supposedly able to select the USB for boot up).
It seems that most resources instruct one to disable Secure Boot and enable legacy, but for some reason disabling Secure Boot leaves me unable to do anything else at all. What am I missing here?