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alanmini9 alanmini9 is offline
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Default ssd upgrade trouble - won't boot from alternate location - 05-21-2009, 01:11 AM

new crucial 64 gig ssd, put os on sd card, also have disk, but mini won't start up from anywhere other than internal ssd.

my IT person at work rearragned the startup alignment, messed with it 100 ways til sundown, computer recognizes sd card etc, still cannot get os on new ssd

any help out there?

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Default 05-21-2009, 01:18 AM

You cannot boot from the external SDHC slot. You can boot from the internal USBs - in particular if you hack in an MR-04 mini-pci-e SDHC card in the WWAN slot. So, for most people, you can ONLY boot from the SSD (or an external USB device).

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Default 05-21-2009, 01:23 AM

thank you, how do you recommend i get the os on the new ssd? i have the disks, i have it on a sd card, i have an external disk drive, ??
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Default 05-21-2009, 01:38 AM

You don't say what OS but the simplest would be to copy the installer to the external HD drive or if you meant a CD or DVD drive to burn a CD/DVD of the installer. Press 0 during boot and pick the device from the list. Once its booted to that just install to the SSD.

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