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  • I have a samsung laptop NP350V5C
  • I wanted to reinstall a Windows 7 home on it from a usb stick. After many tries (playing with boot options) I could not boot from USB.
  • I then put the hard drive in another laptop (one that can boot from USB) and I successfully managed to format and install Windows 7 on the hard drive.
  • New problem: when putting the hard drive back in the samsung laptop, it does not boot unless I press F10 and select the hard drive.
  • Also this hard drive boots perfectly in my other laptop. And if I try the Hard drive of my other laptop in the samsung, it boots as well.

If anyone has a solution (or has ever seen something like this) so the samsung laptop boots nicely Windows with its own hard drive that would be great. Please let me know if I was not clear or if more details could help.

  • If the drive is the first in the boot priority then the problem is most probably related to the fact that the Os was installed while the HDD was connected to a different machine. You can try connecting the HDD back to the laptop windows was installed with and running Sysprep before you move it again . – Techpumpkin_WD Oct 9 '15 at 7:45
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Go into your BIOS on the computer that you have to press F10 and make sure the hard drive is listed in the boot device order / priority list (it may be called something similar to that).

If it's not, add it in there. If it's in there, try moving it to the top of the list.

  • Yes the hard drive appears in the F10 menu, but not on top. Still, in the bios setup I already set it as boot priority 1. – Tom P Oct 6 '15 at 15:48
  • @TomP This is a real stretch, but you could try removing all other devices from the boot priority list in the bios setup and perhaps see if that does the trick. – sa289 Oct 6 '15 at 17:04

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