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Discussion in 'Peripheral Hardware' started by berthani, May 25, 2010.

  1. berthani

    berthani New Member

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    How to boot the computers from the pen drive? Some people are saying that we can boot our pen drives. I am having an doubt whether it is possible or not. If it give me the procedure or a brief explanation about how to boot the system from pendrive.
     
  2. SirDice

    SirDice Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Stick the pen in, boot computer, select to boot from pendrive. That's the procedure.

    Mind you not all BIOS' allow to boot from a USB stick. Most modern BIOS' do but you may have an old machine.
     
  3. klanger

    klanger New Member

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    Not available in intel-macbooks.
     
  4. SirDice

    SirDice Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    They don't even have a BIOS :p
     
  5. phoenix

    phoenix Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    @OP: It most definitely is possible to boot from a USB flash drive. I do this at home, running FreeBSD 8-STABLE off a 2 GB Cruzer MicroDrive. It's connected to a USB2 port on a generic/el-cheapo P4 system. I've also done it with generic AMD Sempron systems, eeePC 701 and 1005H systems, and a handful of other random machines.

    It requires USB Mass Storage support in the BIOS and the OS (which pretty much everything made in the last 3 years supports).