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04-18-2016 08:41 AM
After calls to support and getting nowhere, I remembered that this model had a supplemental cache on the Motherboard which is a small circuit board held on by two small screws. Basically this is a type of SSD disk drive. It is designed to speed up access but many hybrid disk drives now include the same type of function directily on the disk. I removed the small circuit board and the problem went away. It made no difference in performance.
05-10-2016 09:05 PM
Then I found your post. I removed the SanDisk SSD drive and like MAGIC my system booted right up....just like nothing had happen....
Thank You so much....for figuring this annoying HP issue out.
11-02-2016 06:15 AM
After hours of research, figured it out. My 16GB tiny mSATA SSD drive mounted on the motherboard had failed. this SSD acts as a cache to speed up boots, launching applications and other activities it "remembers" you have done before. It is NOT the boot disc. I tried to save it with MiniTool's Partition Wizard to no avail...so I opened up the case, took out one screw and removed the SSD.
Now everything works perfectly. Windows 10 boots up and loads all required apps in under 2 minutes. That 's fine with me.
01-10-2018 11:23 AM
I'd say, mtron, that you shouldn't worry about replacing it. I've long since forgotten about mine that I removed and did not replace. In fact, I've replaced my main Hard Drive with a 500GB SSD. Holy Crap! PC boots up in less than 20 seconds and all applications load and display nearly instaneously. That little mSATA is a useless relic.