Good morning Maurice,
I trust you are keeping well.
I am not sure if you are able to follow through on my support journey but let me explain where I ended up and hopefully you can provide guidance on whether or not i need to reverse the command prompts i.e the 2nd & 3rd commands meant to insure there is an enhanced advanced boot options available.
So I created a USB W10 installation media as advised but also decided to install the W10 OS on a new Samsung SSD for contingency (i will come back to this backup solution later as I do have a working system and the Samsung SSD is nice and fast)
We stopped communicating when i encountered anomalies so i will run through these in case you have an insight which escapes me:
1 So for contingency/ backup I successfully installed W10 on the Samsung SSD (everything else was disconnected as advised) and then I re-connected my old hard drives using Data connections lower in the pecking order assuming they would be readable. I ensured the Boot config read from Samsung SSD priority 1 and W10 continued to boot off the Samsung SSD so I could copy across the files and info from my old hard drives.
2 The old hard drives were visible in the directory but it would not allow me to copy anything from the Admin user (my main user account) and therefore I couldn't read the majority of data files I needed. I concluded that it would be impossible without Dr Solomon type breakin tools which i didn't have, so I am stuck.
3 When I next attempted to Boot my system it switched/defaulted to the old hard drive (the one I had just reconnected to read the admin user data files). I had checked the boot order with F12 and it definitely said P1 was the Samsung SSD. Bizarrely the system decided to try and boot the old W10 which had all the original problems and it just kept looping saying unable to start the PC, attempting repairs, diagnosing faults, couldn't find anything but would not start.
4 One option available under troubleshooting was the choice of resetting my PC; keeping all my personal data and files, just loosing all my apps by re-installing W10 (on the original faulty 😄 drive). So I gave it a go .... at least I thought I may have the opportunity to access and save all my Admin user files to the Cloud and then transfer them or just access them from my new Samsung SSD operating system as required. It did successfully re-install W10 on that original drive BUT it lost a significant number of files in my personal directories and download folders. So I was defeated after all and I am assuming the data may still be there but the file system has not indexed it when I followed reset procedure, so the data is not accessible to me.
So Step 3 is now a repeatable problem which I don't understand. If I just connect the Samsung SSD only it works perfectly but IF any other devices (including an external USB) are attached including any of my old hard drives it fails to read from the Samsung SSD (the priority in Boot Config is still P1 Samsung SDD) and tries to boot off the other hard drives ... either the old W10 or an external USB . I really don't get it. To make use of these old drives Perhaps I now need to reformat them and wipe the operating systems but why does it insist on trying to boot from these old HDD's when my boot config points to the Samsung SSD !!
My primary question relates to the changes made early in our dialogue, i.e the 2nd & 3rd commands meant to insure there is a enhanced advanced boot options available. DO I need to reverse these .., if so HOW ? Anyway I thought you might have some bright ideas please.