Bootable USB device

By Don Chulo
Jan 11, 2006
  1. Following the death of my internal CD drive I decided to invest in a USB drive to replace it. It works fine in Windows but I've noticed that it won't bootup from the beginning like my my old internal drive did.
    After research I discovered that I could do this by changing the BIOS settings but there doesn't seem to be "USB boot" option there. I updated the BIOS to the latest version (PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0, Version: 0F0A ) but I still don't have that option.
    Is this a problem with the motherboard (HP 311282-001), the drive (LG GSA-2166D) or something else?
    By the way I'm running Windows XP Pro on a Compaq Evo n1020v.
    Any help would be really appreciated.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Enable legacy USB support maybe?

    Some computers want you to press a certain key at startup to get a boot menu, that lets you choose between all attached bootable devices.
  3. Don Chulo

    Don Chulo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Done that but it still doesn't give me the option to boot from USB.
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,387   +106

    How old is the PC?
  5. Don Chulo

    Don Chulo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Nearly three years old I believe.
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