kemical I did the reset this, and it says: the drive is still locked. I then turn the machine off.
I did a reboot (with theWin 10 USB stick in place) and did another reset,
RESET THIS PC. The drive where Windows in installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again.
I don’t understand how this drive has become locked, I don’t ever recall setting any drives on any computer to have a locked drive. Is it locked due to being in “Safe Mode”?
I just tried restarting and obviously it booted up from the USB Windows pen stick. So ran throught the things we did yesterday. Nothing changed. So closed down.
Before I "Disconnect all drives except for C and try the reset again" (as you have suggested) do I need to change the boot options in the BIOS so the USB stick does not boot the PC?
I shall be leaving in about an hour but will be back just after mid-day to disconect all drives (except "C") and follow any instructions you have given.
---------------- One thing (just for information) when my computer starts the options I have always had the following options:-
Press F2 or Del to run UEFI setup
Press F6 for instant Flash
Press F11 for Boot menu
Press Tab to switch screen
I will pick up any posts on my Mobile (if signal ok) and I shall know what to do on my return. Many thanks
Hi kemical, I thought I woulod just check the BIOS befoire starting, and I was sure I set the "Vertex 4 256Gb SSD Drive SSD Sata 3" as being the 2nd boot disc. This does not seem to be the case. Boot option#2 is set as: AHC1 P5: Pioneer which is thge DVD=RW DVR-21.
In fact clicking on the selection box for Boot options #2 only shows:- (5 items to select from)
ACHI P5: Pioneer which is thge DVD-RW DVR-21.
ACHI P1: WDC WD5000AAKX-001CAO
USB: Lexar USB Flash Drive PMAP (I think this must be a Lexar Card reader)
UEFI: Lexar USB Flash Drive PMAP (this is the memory stick we have put Windows 10 on)
2. Found it and selected it as the "Boot Option #2. Called "ACHI P1 OCZ-Vertex4"
3. As I still have the Laxar memory stick in place it boots from it, Currently on screen is the Windows tiles page that will take me to A. "repair your computer" OR B. INSTALL NOW, I assume I should select A" that gives me options:
Troubleshoot reset your PC or eee advanced options.
"Turn Off your PC"
Probably because the drive letter has been changed to E.
One solution is to remove all drives except the drive which you want to be C.
You have already done this and so the only drive attached is your SSD.
You now need to boot from the USB drive and do a clean install of Windows 10. You will lose your data unfortunately but there isn't really a way round this.
When your asked during the install process where you want windows to be installed you'll be shown the drive in question and it's partitions. Simply delete everything on the drive including partitions and click next. Windows will then start the install process.
Remember you do not need to activate. If the activation screen pops up press skip or similar.
You can get your device drivers from the motherboard support page I posted earlier.
Thanks kemical, thats very disapointing if I have to loose everthing. Was this due to the fact that I selected a small "y" rather than YES?
I have an early start again tomorrw and really wacked, so I am off to bed for a sleep, will dream about it and see if I have any other options. Could I install a new "C" drive and perhaps recoved somthing from the Now fauly "C" drive after doing this? any other suggestions I will look at later tomorrow when I return.