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Usb boot on a lenovo flex 10 ideapad - wiped primary drive

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usb boot on a lenovo flex 10 ideapad - wiped primary drive and need to reinstall windows on the primary disk - no software same with computer originally
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Software
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Hi. My name is***** you for your question and the opportunity to assist.

Can you tell me the procedure used to wipe the drive? Those laptops came with a hidden recovery

partition that allows the re-installation of Windows.

Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

This may work if the recovery partition still exists.

Hold down the power button until the laptop is off (about 4 -5 seconds)

Then, while holding down the Fn and F1 keys,

turn the machine back on.

Let me know the result please.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
used this software to wipe http://www.paragon-software.com/home/dw-professional/features.htmlyour suggestion doesn't work - says "no bootable device - hit any key"
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the machine doesn't work so you can't connect remotely
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Thanks. If you used disk wiper there's nothing left on the drive.

What's on the flash drive you're trying to boot from?

Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Did the laptop originally come with Windows 7 on it?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
some program I set up to supposedly reboot before I wiped - but cmptr doesn't seem to even go to the usb drive and I can't seem to get it there through the set up utility - holding fn and f2 when restarting cmptr
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
think it came with windows 8
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

try Fn + F1

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
did that - that just says "no bootable device - hit any key" and when you hit a key you get up and down arrows to hit but nothing happens - think i'm sunk unless I can get it to recognize the usb port upon restart -
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

To boot from USB

you have to get in to the BIOS first and make some changes. Since it came with Windows 8, in the Bios, Secure Boot needs

to be turned off/disabled.

Boot mode needs to be changed from UEFI to Legacy or the combo option UEFI/Legacy

and Lenvo is a little different on this,

the entry for "Load OS optimized defaults" needs to be disabled.

Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

If you can get in to the BIOS and make and save those changes, from then on

when you start the laptop and immediately begin pressing the F12 key,

you'll get a boot menu that will allow you to select to boot from USB.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it won't let me change out of UEFI - I did disable "secure boot" - still same results - not easy
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Is there an Exit section in the BIOS?

Look in there for the "Load OS optimized defaults" entry and disable it if it's there.

Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Since you have Secure Boot disabled, shut the laptop off and plug in the flash drive.

Start it up and begin pressing F12 to see if you get the startup menu that lets you select USB.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
did it - no progress - think I should just take this to some cmptr shop?
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Do you have an operating system to install on the laptop?

I'm sure a shop would be glad to sell you one.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
not on a usb drive - cd rom - but not usb - supposedly you can download from lenovo web site but I didn't see anything thereare you sure there's nothing on the hard drive? did it wipe entire drive?
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

The purpose of that software is to make any data on the drive unrecoverable.

How did you wipe the drive? Did you remove the drive and hook it up to another computer and

do it that way?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no - i installed the paragon wipe software on the drive and followed the instructions - it did something like three random wipes, a verification, etc - the computer had a lot of client data on it so I want to make sure it's totally clear before turning it over to an outside source - what do you recommend?
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Do you need to have the laptop in a running condition before handing it off?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no - but would rather - why??
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

I have no doubt the client data is gone. If you have a version of Windows and a valid product key

having a shop do the install looks like the way to go.

But, were you able to get to the startup menu when you turned on the laptop

and began tapping the F12 key?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no - I could get to the setup utility and did all the things you recommended but never got the system to recognize the usb port - did tap f12 like you suggested on startup but kept getting same message - "no bootable device"
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Now that you can get into the BIOS, take a look at this video.

It's a different model Lenovo but it shows how to change UEFI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLrIuERfW_w

and enable USB boot. Your BIOS may not be exactly like

this one but it will be close.