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So I have a windows ISO on a usb stick and the SSD connected as the only drive. How do I get it to boot from the USB and start the installation?

 

Under boot options I only have 4 UEFI NICs and the built in EFI shell.

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Joe_Miner

I believe I had to exit from that shell.

 

When I rebooted it saw the Flash with W10 installer and I installed it on the SSD attached to SATA Port 5 (all other SATA ports were empty)

 

I thought I had some info up about that somewhere in the Forums -- I'll dig around.

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|Rob|

Got it working now. Pulling out the USB stick for a few seconds fixed it!

 

However, now I have windows installed, it's failed to find a load of the devices including the ethernet controllers, pci controller, etc. Any quick fix for that? Or do I have to go searching for drivers and copy them all over?

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Joe_Miner

When I loaded Windows 10 it found everything but I had to go search for the video drivers (the generics worked but weren't that great) -- see: 

 

I don't know why you're seeing missing devices.

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schoondoggy
So I have a windows ISO on a usb stick and the SSD connected as the only drive. How do I get it to boot from the USB and start the installation?
 
Under boot options I only have 4 UEFI NICs and the built in EFI shell.
How did you make the USB drive bootable?
Got it working now. Pulling out the USB stick for a few seconds fixed it!
 
However, now I have windows installed, it's failed to find a load of the devices including the ethernet controllers, pci controller, etc. Any quick fix for that? Or do I have to go searching for drivers and copy them all over?
Did you have a network connection during OS load?

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|Rob|

I used the Windows tool to put the ISO onto the USB (which I've used loads of times before).

 

A few tips that might be useful if anyone else comes across this:

 

The front ports are USB 3.0 so might cause issues.

The back ports furthest from the edge of the machine are the USB 2.0 ports. Using these worked.

I still had to take the stick out for a few seconds when I got the error message and then put it back in (found this tip when searching).

 

A combination of the above allowed windows to install ok.

 

For the missing drivers I just downloaded everything from the HP site and that seems to have worked.

 

Thanks for the help guys :-)

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jmwills

I owuld always use the USB 2.0 ports of you are going to boot form a USB device because the drivers have yet to load, in most cases, for the 3.0 drives.

 

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John Z

I'm working on the same setup - using the optical drive power for an SSD. Where can I find the correct adapter cable for power? The only adapter that I can find online is a male-to-male adapter and this needs a female-to-female cable. Can someone send me a link please.

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schoondoggy
3 hours ago, John Z said:

I'm working on the same setup - using the optical drive power for an SSD. Where can I find the correct adapter cable for power? The only adapter that I can find online is a male-to-male adapter and this needs a female-to-female cable. Can someone send me a link please.

Dell MX714 was available for a while. There are others available now:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Pin-Floppy-FDD-Male-to-15-Pin-SATA-Female-Power-Cable-Compatible-w-Dell-MX714/371113342980?epid=1245451518&hash=item5668143804:g:11EAAOSwGzlTxWqk

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAFWH6YB7634&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-Accessories+-+Case+%2F+Rackmount-_-9SIAFWH6YB7634&gclid=CjwKCAjwuO3cBRAyEiwAzOxKshb8MWzLsw7Jyby5h2KOZLsMqnzS1uTOLxNVuk5su1b8xwhOZr3m0xoCoy4QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

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John Z

Thank you, schoondoggy! I was beginning to think that those cables don't exist. I appreciate the assist - cable is on order...

 

JZ

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