Ok, This is a bit long... thanks for being patient.
I have an MSI GT70 laptop computer in front of me.
geforce GTX 675MX video
16 gigs of ram.
The issue is this:
The m-sata drive in the computer was just about full (it was 128 gig drive) So we decided to upgrade the drive.
Bought a new m-sata drive, imaged the old hard drive, and re-wrote the image to the larger drive. Expanded the partition of the
new drive to use all the space on the drive and shut it all down. Removed the 128 gig drive and installed the new one.
The computer loads up directly to the bios. ok, check settings, the computer sees the drive, but save and exit and we are right back to the bios again.
Odd... put old drive back in computer and I am getting windows errors, the computer could not start, and it cant be repaired. ( there is only 1 gig or so left on it anyway.)
Ok, so put in the new m-sata drive in the secondary slot. I get windows booted in to safe mode, and the new drive shows up there. The computer will not get past the bios screen without the original m-sata drive in the slot. So I did a fresh install of windows to the new drive while the old drive is in the slot, installed fine. If I select that drive from the boot menu, it will run the new install fine. It will not however let me run anything (including boot from usb / dvd ) unless that 128 GB m-sata drive is installed in the primary slot.
Now, even with both drives in there, there is a chance it will boot right to the bios anyway.
This is making me crazy... any thoughts?