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Postby berthani » 25 May 2010, 05:59

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.
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Postby SirDice » 25 May 2010, 06:10

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.
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Postby klanger » 25 May 2010, 06:27

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


Not available in intel-macbooks.
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Postby SirDice » 25 May 2010, 08:27

klanger wrote:Not available in intel-macbooks.


They don't even have a BIOS :P
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Postby phoenix » 25 May 2010, 16:48

@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).
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