Sounds like a hard disk problem. If the only system that can work is the smallest one you can find,, there's either no space on the disk or there's a problem with the free space reporting.
That could also explain the failure to boot from the hard disk.
hi, i took out the HDD and my laptop keeps shutting down after few secs, only boots into bios or with a live usb (damn small linux and hirens) , i also replaced the HDD with one from another laptop and nothing changes
i replaced thermal paste three months ago so i don't think is an overheating problem