I bought a new laptop and was intrigued with SSD. I bought a 180g Intel SSD and swapped it out with the old one. This is a mini laptop with no optical drive. I do have an external USB optical drive available.
I also have an external hard drive adapter that I could plug the old hard drive with the recovery partition to re-boot. I would prefer not to do that though because the Lenovo bloatware would be installed.
I downloaded Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and Win 7 Pro to a jump drive which I have inserted to the laptop's USB. This was the download site.
When I turn on the computer with the Jump Drive installed, without interrupting the normal start-up it says Invalid System Disk, Replace the System Disk, and then press any key.
If I turn it on and interrupt the normal start-up process it gives me the same message.
If I turn it on without the Jump Drive and interrupt the normal start-up process it says Operating System not found.
If I turn it on and interrupt the normal start-up process I get the same message.
I also presssed enter to stop the normal start up and then F1 for the Bios Set-up. I discovered that F12, if pressed at start-up, would allow me to choose where to boot. I selected USB drive and it said Invalid system disk, replace the disk and press any key.
Can anyone help me with this? I have the Windows key for the license associated for this computer. I just need to know how to get the software loaded onto the drive (and then hope it picks-up all of my drivers.
I deleted the files from the jump drive and downloaded them again.