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T530 won't boot from USB flash drive -- ThinkPad

2017-01-21, 21:21 PM

I've been trying to find a solution for two full dsays now.

My problem:

Yesterday morning my t530 windows 10 (upgrade from 8.1) did not open normally. Slow booting and once in Windows, no more audio or wifi or access to startup menu. I did have two upgrades this week, one from Windows 10 and another for the new Bitdefender 2017 upgrade which I accepted. I don't know for sure if there is a link but I suspect there is.

 I have intented doing a refresh, reset from the diagnostic page and form the prompt page a scan and scannow but to no avail. I downloaded on a bootable USB flash drive rufus windows 10. I have disables secure boot and enabled legacy. When I do an F12 I see the nane of my USB HDD in the list, but when i press enter it just goes back to the top the Boot Menu screen to Windows Boot manager. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

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Re: T530 won't boot from USB flash drive -- ThinkPad

2017-01-21, 21:36 PM

I wouldn't use rufus.  I suggest making the USB stick in UEFI mode from a computer running with a UEFI boot using the MS media creation tool:

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

 

You can boot from the USB stick in UEFI mode.


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Re: T530 won't boot from USB flash drive -- ThinkPad

2017-01-22, 23:04 PM

Thanks for the reply. Just to follow up, I've been trying to copy the MS media creation tool on three or four USB sticks with no success. It won't recognize or read the USB in the port although they all work fine. I am creating now an ISO image to  later burn it on a DVD to see if that works.

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Re: T530 won't boot from USB flash drive -- ThinkPad

2017-01-22, 23:32 PM

If the DVD for some reason doesn't get it done, or you want to try something else:  use 7zip or equivalent to copy the contents of the ISO to a FAT32-formatted flash drive and boot it in UEFI mode.

 

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Re: T530 won't boot from USB flash drive -- ThinkPad

2017-01-23, 3:33 AM

I was able to burn the DVD and load it up in my T530 using boot menu. But in the pre-installatiions questions the program says that it is unable to install on all six partititions "Impossible to install Windows on drive 0, partition 1" etc. because it is of GPT partition  type. So again... still no success...

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Re: T530 won't boot from USB flash drive -- ThinkPad

2017-01-23, 4:35 AM

You're booting in legacy mode so a GPT install target isn't an option.  If you want to do a legacy/MBR install delete all the partitions when you get to that point using the advanced options, or do SHIFT+F10 to bring up a command window and use diskpart to to a disk "clean".  That should let you proceed in legacy mode.  You may have to re-start the install.

 

If you intend to do a UEFI install change the BIOS boot mode to UEFI and reboot the DVD.  If it won't boot in UEFI mode, use a flash drive as I described above.

 

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Re: T530 won't boot from USB flash drive -- ThinkPad

2017-01-23, 15:28 PM

Many thanks for your help. I was able to reinstall from the DVD in UEFI mode. Now to the business of reinstalling all my software!

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