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Problems Installing windows on a netbook with USB stick


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#1 frogmaster82

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 05:21 PM

Okay. Yesterday I was on my mom's netbook looking at some sites. Trusted sites at that. I turn it off and go to turn it on this morning and it says that a system32 file is corrupted and after which I turn it back off and try it again and it says that an installation of Windows doesn't exist and won't boot. Well, I go through a walkthrough on how to install windows off a USB stick. I did it twice to make sure and every time I try to install windows it will get to the Setup is Starting Windows part of the text installation and brings up the BSOD with the error code 0x0000007B. Since I can't start windows or get the repair part of the installation, I have no idea how to handle this problem. The computer is a Dell Mini9(Inspiron 910).

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#2 Ken-in-West-Seattle

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 05:52 PM

I have replaced the ssd drive on several of these. The early ssd drives used in this model were quite bad at making it past a year warranty and Dell only has a few and they are priced at about the same cost as a new netbook.

You can order one from amazon though:
http://www.amazon.com/Super-Talent-PCI-E-S...mp;sr=1-1-fkmr0

vid of replacement:
http://www.liliputing.com/2008/09/how-to-u...mini-9-ssd.html

A usb external cd or dvd drive is a lot more useful for reinstall or even diagnosing what the issue is.

Does the drive show up in the "bios" ?

(Note the replacement drives often do not show in the bios until the install reaches the first reboot)

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 08:25 PM

I have replaced the ssd drive on several of these. The early ssd drives used in this model were quite bad at making it past a year warranty and Dell only has a few and they are priced at about the same cost as a new netbook.

You can order one from amazon though:
http://www.amazon.com/Super-Talent-PCI-E-S...mp;sr=1-1-fkmr0

vid of replacement:
http://www.liliputing.com/2008/09/how-to-u...mini-9-ssd.html

A usb external cd or dvd drive is a lot more useful for reinstall or even diagnosing what the issue is.

Does the drive show up in the "bios" ?

(Note the replacement drives often do not show in the bios until the install reaches the first reboot)


The HDD shows up in the Bios. It says STEC PATA 8GB-(PM) in the Main section. Why would the SSD stop me from trying to install Windows? We really don't have the money to replace it right now and all of my Mom's business documents are on that computer. What about removing the CMOS battery and putting it back in?

Also when it tries booting from the USB into anything other than the text install it shows:
Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your
hardware reference manuals for additional information.

#4 Ken-in-West-Seattle

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 09:04 AM

Your ssd is the main drive (and probably the only drive) for the system. While it is related to flash memory, it is setup for the bios to see it as if it were the primary hard drive of the computer. Your files and programs and os live there. If you cannot get to the drive, the files are gone. In theory professional data recovery companies can recover your files if they have not been overwritten and some data recovery software can recover it if it can see it.

File recovery on an ssd is not like on a hard drive though and the dell 910 uses such a proprietary connector that it is unlikely a home user (or even me) can move the drive to another computer to use software tools to attempt recovery.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/data-recove...hard-drive.html

One thing to try is boot from a ubuntu live cd and see if it can mount the drive.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vis...ndows-computer/

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 03:14 PM

Your ssd is the main drive (and probably the only drive) for the system. While it is related to flash memory, it is setup for the bios to see it as if it were the primary hard drive of the computer. Your files and programs and os live there. If you cannot get to the drive, the files are gone. In theory professional data recovery companies can recover your files if they have not been overwritten and some data recovery software can recover it if it can see it.

File recovery on an ssd is not like on a hard drive though and the dell 910 uses such a proprietary connector that it is unlikely a home user (or even me) can move the drive to another computer to use software tools to attempt recovery.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/data-recove...hard-drive.html

One thing to try is boot from a ubuntu live cd and see if it can mount the drive.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vis...ndows-computer/



I understand that a ssd is basically a device similar to a hdd, but acts more like flash memory. I would assume though that I should be able to at least be able to get further into the Windows Installation without it crashing because of the SSD being faulty. Is there any way to run a live CD via a USB stick? We don't have a USB CD and/or DVD drive for the computer since this wasn't something we needed until now. I'm going to see if I can use a Live distro on the USB to at least backup the data and move it to another computer till the netbook gets replaced or fixed.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 07:29 PM

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick

good luck

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 05:16 PM

Thanks. Hopefully I can at least get the files until we can buy a replacement ssd.




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