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Can E520 boot from SD Cards and eSATA disks?

2012-03-08, 3:24 AM

While I do not have a SD card, I do have a esata disk : Team X092. But when I go to the boot menu in BIOS, I can not find my external disk if I use the esata port. I have to use usb port and then it works fine. When I am in Windows, esata also works and it is pretty fast(that's why I bought it). I bought it because I like to try some new operating systems, like Win8CP(I am using it now). It is really a waste of money if I only use it like a normal usb 2.0 disk.

 

Probably it is a bug in BIOS, isn't it?

 

Also I want to install a winpe to SD card. So when I can not load the OS in hdd, I still have a chance to recover from my backup or delete incompatible drivers without find my usb disks. If it is possible to boot from SD card, that's awesome.

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Re: Can E520 boot from SD Cards and eSATA disks?

2012-06-15, 13:20 PM

E520 can't boot from SD or eSATA. Sucks.

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Re: Can E520 boot from SD Cards and eSATA disks?

2012-03-08, 3:37 AM

I assume that the internal card reader supports UHS-I. Is that true? I saw a Japanese article and it talks about E525. The card reader in E525 can read at 45MB/s. That is an UHS-I card.

 

I want to buy a SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC, whose reading speed is 95MB/s.

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Re: Can E520 boot from SD Cards and eSATA disks?

2012-06-15, 12:37 PM

Hey man, any luck on getting to boot from eSATAp?

Trying to find a way to do that myself now, but the BIOS doesn't really like that.

 

Would kick ass to hear an official stance from Lenovo when (if) we can expect a BIOS update with eSATA booting for E520.

 

Thanks

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Re: Can E520 boot from SD Cards and eSATA disks?

2012-06-15, 13:20 PM

E520 can't boot from SD or eSATA. Sucks.

0 person found this solution to be helpful.

This helped me too

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2012-06-15, 13:40 PM
Bummer
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Re: Can E520 boot from SD Cards and eSATA disks?

2012-08-26, 10:36 AM

If there is someone from lenovo who can suggest to add this feature to bios (provided that it's just a bios thing) it would be nice to hear if it might ever happen .

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Re: Can E520 boot from SD Cards and eSATA disks?

2012-09-07, 21:30 PM

I know series Ex20 already have a successor and only a few people would boot from esata (SD even less) but it would make me really happy, so Lenovo I'm asking for esata boot option please please.

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Re: Can E520 boot from SD Cards and eSATA disks?

2012-12-26, 19:32 PM

Dzejkej, I have been trying to boot up my own Lenovo ThinkPad Edge e520 off of an SDHC card myself.  While the answer that you propose--an upgrade to the Lenovo BIOS code for this model--is most likely the best one, I have a "quick and dirty" workaround which has worked for me.  Unfortunately, it does involve buying an additional piece of hardware, although it is cheap(at $20).

 

I cannot and could not get the e520 to boot up from an SDHC card using the built-in "slot".  But I had on hand an "out board" Sony USB/Card Reader unit.  It is Sony Model MRW-EA7, "Multi-Card Reader/Writer".  Using Puppy Linux version 5.2.8, I had set up that FOSS Operating System to boot up on my "Homebrew" Desktop machine with an Intel E35 Motherboard.  I used the Puppy Linux "mbr.bin" option to re-write the Master Boot Record" on the ext2 File System which I used on this SDHC card(Kingston, 8-GB).

 

I set up the BIOS, using BIOS Legacy Code, to preferentially boot up from any attached USB Device.  Using a short USB cable, I connected the Sony MRW-EA7 to one of the USB ports and plugged in the SDHC card.

 

I was then able to boot up from the SDHC card, although I chose to bypass the "PupSave" file on it by entering "puppy{space}pfix=ram{enter}" at the Puppy boot prompt.  This loaded a default Puppy Linux config and everything was copisthetic.  

 

I do not know if this data will help you with Microsoft Windows. 

 

Of course, I do not think that Lenovo supports any Linux distro on their machines, although I had stripped out Microsoft Windows 7 from this machine on delivery and replaced it with Ubuntu Linux.  The next-to-latest version of Ubuntu Linux(12.04-LTS. "Precise Pangolin") works beautifully on my Lenovo ThinkPad Edge e520, although the earlier versions of Ubuntu Linux had some irritating "issues".

 

Good Luck and keep me posted!

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Re: Can E520 boot from SD Cards and eSATA disks?

2013-01-13, 16:42 PM

CyberSteveX9, like you have written about SD card boot, I'm more interested in esata thing. and "solution" is in order to boot from external disc I have to connect it using USB(with all the conseqences).
So next time I'll buy a laptop I need to do better research.

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