Setup Basics

So, you’ve upgraded your hard drive, now what? Setup! If this is a replacement to your primary hard drive or HD then you will have to perform a HD setup. Fortunately for you, it helps that it is the same setup process for any system we sell, considering it’s all about the operating system or OS.  But, before we get into what to do to setup your HD, let’s revisit what the 2 types of HD’s that fit into the systems we sell here at Merk America.

As explained in our Merk America BLOG titled <How to replace your NVME SSD>, there are 2 types of HDs that fit into your system.


What is your HD type?

A SATA SSD which is the same size (2.5”) as the older, more dated SATA spinner HD.

An NVME m.2 PCIE is the second type of HD that does not have a casing and with the different sizes and configurations, looks more like a stick of RAM as opposed to a HD.

Either way, this BLOG will show you the basics behind getting that new HD (SATA SSD or NVME) setup and running.

IMPORTANT: One item you must have is an updated Windows Boot disk, dongle or flash drive to successfully install your OS.


Let’s get to the Good Stuff

Step 1

Power on your system.  The first boot using the new unformatted HD sends you to a menu screen after the DELL splash screen. The system let’s you know there is no bootable device (OS) available.

Step 2

When you see the menu, select or press the F2 key to jump into the system BIOS settings.

Step 3

In the BIOS settings screen, highlight and select <Secure Boot>. This selection will reveal two more options as seen below. Highlight the <secure boot enable> option and within that screen to the right, check <Disable> to disable the secure boot. You will be asked if you are sure you want to make that selection…click YES.


Step 4

Go back up to <General> <Advanced Boot Options> click the <Enable Legacy Option ROMs> box. After doing so, move your pointer to <Apply> and click. A dialog box will appear asking if you are sure you want to apply those changes. Move your pointer over to <OK> and proceed with confidence.


Step 5

Next, move your pointer back to the <Settings> list and go up to <Boot Sequence> and to the right, select <Legacy> under the Boot List Option section. Once again, point to <Apply> and click. Again, a dialog box will appear, at which you will click <OK>.

Step 6

Prior to going further, the bootable device needs to be placed into your system by whatever means the system can read it. Ideally it will be a dongle (flash drive). Click <Exit>. Your system will restart and after a possible pause for a few minutes, you will see the Windows logo appear and into WIN10 you will arrive at a screen asking you to choose your language, then your keyboard layout.


Step 7

After making those selections, you will come to the <Troubleshoot Menu> which allows you 3 options to go forward. Select <Recover from a drive>. After making that selection, you have another heart thumping decision to make, whether to <Fully clean the drive> or <Just remove my files>. Typically, the fastest way to get back into your system will be the latter selection, <Just remove my files>.


Step 8

The last screen you will see before you have an OS on your new HD is the screen making sure your system is plugged in and a description of what will happen. Plug in, select <Recover>, sit back and enjoy the ride. Don’t worry about those pesky Window Keys you used to have to input in order to use your OS. These systems come with the keys embedded into the motherboard. Genius huh?

Step 9

As a result, you now have a fully operational OS that can now be setup to fit your personal needs.