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Hi,

I have recently purchased a Lenovo Y510p which came with a 24gig mSSD for cache and a 1TB HDD

I then replaced the HDD with a SSD and tried to install windows 7 on it

It came up with 'setup was unable to create a new system partition'

I think the problem resides with the connected mSSD (full) because the installer is trying to write some boot files into it

However I cant remove the mSSD because the screw is too tight

Is there a way to overcome this?

And if i were to format the mSSD will i still be able to run the windows 8 in the 1TB HDD when i plug it back in?
post #2 of 8
Disable the mSSD in the BIOS and then try it again.
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Disable the mSSD in the BIOS and then try it again.

Given that it works and I have installed windows 7 on the SSD

Can i switch back to windows 8 if I were to plug the HDD back in and enabling the mSSD in the BIOS?
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Just so I understand correctly, are you trying to dual boot Win 7 and Win 8 ?
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If that's the case, I don't think it's as easy as plugging it back in.
There might be some issues with the boot configuration data.
Not 100% sure though. You can always try.
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Lenovo laptops can be a pita to install different OS's on. Most likely the mSATA drive cannot be disabled in the BIOS. It's not on any of the Lenovos I've worked on here at work. Make sure that you have your boot settings set to Legacy and disable UEFI all together. Boot mode needs to be set to unsecure and change the BIOS Configuration setting on the last page in the BIOS to "other OS". That's if your model has the same or similar settings as all the new Win 8 models I've worked on recently.
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That is one straaaaaaaaange avatar. LOL
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That is one straaaaaaaaange avatar. LOL

Agreed. biggrin.gif

Anyway, when installing Windows 7 always make it a habit to connect only one hard drive. If you can disconnected just the data cable of the other drive that would be enough. The point is to make sure that only one hard drive is seen by the Windows 7 installer. Hope that helps. redface.gif
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