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T61 unable to boot from USB flash drive

2009-12-27, 5:50 AM

I've seen similar subjects posted in the past, alas, no working solution was ever provided.  Is it really not possible to boot off a USB flash drive?

 

USB is not one of the options when you press F12 during boot.

 

When I go into BIOS, I have the following boot priority order:

 

1. USB FDD:

2. -USB HDD

3. ATAPI CD0

4. USB CD:

5. ATA HDD0

6. PCI LAN

7. ATA HDD1

8.

 

BIOS version:  2.26 (7LETC6WW)

model number: 7658-CTO

 

I'm currently running XP Prof.  Trying to revert to Vista Business that's stored on a hidden partition that's not visible to the system.   Trying to create/run a recovery disk off a USB flash to restore the system from this hidden partition.

 

 

 

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T61 able to boot from USB flash drive

2009-12-27, 7:58 AM

I'm using T61-7658018U with pre-charged XP pro. and I used to use USB flash to boot (MS DOS) & run Norton Ghost for system recovery.

 

Instruction:

Step 1. Make an Bootable USB flash (MS DOS).

Refer to http://sinhvienvanlang.com/@rum/showthread.php?t=9373

Or http://www.dut.edu.vn/Forum/showthread.php?t=4229

If you cannot download program, you can PM to me to get via e-mail.

(Then you can copy some DOS based program to that USB Flash for running after boot, ex. Norton GHOST)

Step 2. Restart the PC with above said USB flash plugged on.

Step 3. Press F1 when to enter BIOS menu

Step 4. You can see on boot priority order:

 

1. USB FDD:

2. +USB HDD (Your Bootable USB Flash is listed here)

3. ATAPI CD0

...

Step 5. Press F6/F5 to change boot order

1. +USB HDD (Your Bootable USB Flash is listed here)

2. ...

 

Step 6. Press F10 then "YES" for exit & saving New configuation. Your labtop shall restart & boot from USB flash.

 

Good luck

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PS: To restore the system from this hidden partition,  USB flash cannot be used. Please try:

1-Check Hiden Partition size using Windows Disk management.

1-1 If size less than 1Gb then you may boot but you cannot restore OS from that partition.

1-2 If size arround 3~5 Gb then you may boot & restore the original OS from that partition. I said "may" because hiden partiton is not 100% perfect.

 

2-In case 1-2 above mached, please try:

Restart PC & Hit F11 to boot from hiden partition. Follow intructions on screen.

 

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Re: T61 able to boot from USB flash drive

2009-12-27, 16:30 PM

wrote:

Step 4. You can see on boot priority order:

 

1. USB FDD:

2. +USB HDD (Your Bootable USB Flash is listed here)

3. ATAPI CD0

...

Step 5. Press F6/F5 to change boot order

1. +USB HDD (Your Bootable USB Flash is listed here)

2. ...

 

 

 


The thing is, in my case there is a "-" (minus) sign in front of the USB HDD in BIOS and it seems like the flash drive is skipped during the boot process, even if I put it at the top of the boot order list.


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Re: T61 able to boot from USB flash drive

2009-12-28, 19:26 PM

Check the BIOS configuration. It may have an enable/disable USB boot option.


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Re: T61 able to boot from USB flash drive

2009-12-28, 19:27 PM

It's enabled.  Still no worky.

 

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Re: T61 able to boot from USB flash drive

2009-12-28, 20:23 PM

Check that your USB drive has the bootable flag set on the partition you want to boot from. Also, it needs to be inserted into the system when you are changing boot order in the BIOS.

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Re: T61 able to boot from USB flash drive

2009-12-28, 20:40 PM

It is bootable.  I have a Dell notebook which boots from it just fine.  This T61 on the other hand just does not see it.

 

I did try to change BIOS settings with it plugged in - still no luck.

 

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Re: T61 able to boot from USB flash drive

2009-12-31, 22:50 PM

Hi Pete7874,

 

My R61 often fails to see an attached USB hard drive on the first boot. This works for me:

  1. Attach USB drive
  2. Boot and press F12 to get boot menu. Whoops, no USB drive seen.
  3. Ctrl-Alt-Del -> reboot
  4. Press F12 to get boot menu. Presto, there's the USB drive. Select it and boot from it

Who knows, maybe the double-boot will work for you too?

 

Good luck and Happy New Year!

-Frank

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