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SSD Doesn't work in older PC

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So I purchased a Dell OptiPlex 790, with an i5 2400 & 4gigs of ram. My plan was to upgrade it and give it to a friend. A week before the purchase, I ordered a Crucial BX500 120gb ssd, installed windows etc, worked just fine in their laptop and in my desktop, however, it won't work in this Dell. I can't figure out why, as the only thing it says is that the boot failed or it can't find a boot device. I was able to get it to boot from an old hdd, but it was slow as hell, so I don't want to give that to them. Any way to fix this? Bios revision is A17 I think.

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2 minutes ago, Coriander said:

way to fix this?

Did you install windows on the SSD on your system?

If so, there's the problem


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Posted · Original PosterOP
25 minutes ago, Radium_Angel said:

Did you install windows on the SSD on your system?

If so, there's the problem

I installed it on my system. Why is that an issue?

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8 hours ago, Coriander said:

I installed it on my system. Why is that an issue?

Because windows is dumb and doesn't handle changed hardware very well. That's the short answer.


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Try Formatting the other drive?

Not sure if that'll help but it could


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You must install Windows on the legacy system if it has MBR boot partition. You have probably installed it on a system with GPT (UEFI era hardware) and tried to move it to the legacy system. That doesn't work.


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22 hours ago, Coriander said:

I installed it on my system. Why is that an issue?

Install windows on the system it’s supposed to be on do not be transferring and all that because his hardware issues


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Posted · Original PosterOP

I formatted and tried reinstalling on that pc, and it still wouldn't let me install windows.  However, I found out the issue right after I made this post. It's basically as RobbinM said. A GPT format doesn't work with older systems, so I had to use DiskPart to change it to MBR. Worked just fine after that. Thanks for the help though!

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