With the original SSD
still inside the Mini9, and the RunCore plugged into one of the Mini's USB ports:
Under Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management, the RunCore shows up as Disk 1 [RunCore (D
, 29.81 GB NTFS, Healthy (Active)] (a single partition) - so the RunCore SSD
is obviously okay.
However, when I remove the original SSD
and replace it with the RunCore, and try turning the computer on, it consistently freezes at the Dell Inspiron splash screen. The options to "Press 2 for Setup" or "Press 0 for Boot Options" show up in the lower right corner, but selecting either one of those does nothing but change the font of those options to bold-face.
I tried changing boot order in BIOS to USB Storage first (Legacy USB enabled), and plugged a USB CD-RW device (with WindowsXP disk), but I still can't get past the Dell Inspiron splash screen.
The CD-RW device says XP needs no drivers for it, but of course the RunCore SSD
doesn't have XP installed yet - I'm guessing this could be why the Mini9 isn't responding to it. Do I somehow have to make it bootable??
When I replace the original SSD
, the BIOS settings seem to revert on their own to boot from the Hard Drive first.
Any suggestions how I should proceed? Am I doing something wrong? Any help would be greatly
Would it be possible for me to hook the RunCore up to my desktop computer and try to install WinXP to it from there? Could I just change the boot order to the internal CD drive and select the RunCore drive as the destination for my XP installation (without compromising the C: drive on my desktop computer)? And then switch the SSDs in my Mini and expect a miracle?