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T460 (Windows 10) Does Not Recognize USB as Boot Option

2016-12-27, 2:28 AM

I just replaced the HDD in my new T460 and the Recovery USB Stick that I prepared is not recognized as a Boot source when I select F12.

Prior to installing the new SSD drive, I created a Recovery Disck on a new Lexar USB 2.0 Thumb drive.  The T460 reported that the Recovery drive was created successfully, and I have checked the contents of the USB drive on another Thinkpad, and everything looks good.  I also had that system check the USB stick and it reported that the no problems were detected.

Unfortunately, after all the time spent making the drive and subsequently replacing the HDD with the SSD drive, I can't get the USB memory to be recognized as a boot source - the only options that are listed are the ATA HDD0 (which is listed as the Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB, and which is blank) and the PCI LAN (IPv4 and IPv6).  None of these options work, of course.

Since installing the SSD, I ran the Lenovo diagnostics on the entire system, and everything checks out fine.  Prior to installing the SSD, the system was fully functional - so it should be OK.

I have tried making minor changes to the BIOS Utility settings to see if the USB will be recognized - but nothing works.  USB UEFI is enabled (to allow booting from the USB), Boot Order Lock is disabled, and I have tried both UEFI Only as a boot option as well as "Legacy".

Does anyone have any idea what I need to do to get the USB drive recognized so that I can perform the Recovery Media (the USB drive) will work?  Is there another option that I can try?  I have not tried to clone the HDD image onto the SSD, as I don't have the cable set-up to do so.  If all else fails, I will try that as well.  I am not crazy about opening up the system again - it is not nearly as simple as it has been on all of my previous Thinkpads....

Thanks for any help that you can provide!
    Mark

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Re: T460 (Windows 10) Does Not Recognize USB as Boot Option

2016-12-27, 3:34 AM

How was the USB stick prepared?


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Re: T460 (Windows 10) Does Not Recognize USB as Boot Option

2016-12-27, 7:11 AM

Per this document, you can do the following to enable booting from the USB Stick,

 

  • Repeatedly press and release the F1 key when turning on your computer. When you hear multiple beeps or see a logo screen, release the F1 key. The Setup program opens.
  • From the Setup program main menu, select Exit or Restart and ensure that OS Optimized Defaults is set to Enabled.
  • Press F9 to load default settings, select Yes when prompted, and press Enter.
  • Press F10 to save your changes and exit.
  • Press F12 on restart to access boot menu, and choose the USB Device 

 

If that still fails, try setting up your BIOS as follows

 

SECURITY 

Secure Boot = Disabled

STARTUP

  • UEFI/Legacy Boot = Both
  • UEFI/Legacy Boot / UEFI/Legacy Boot Priority = UEFI First
  • Boot device list F12 Option = Enabled

Good Luck,

 

 

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Re: T460 (Windows 10) Does Not Recognize USB as Boot Option

2016-12-28, 11:56 AM

Hi, Rich;

I prepared the USB stick using the method described by Lenovo: Control Panel -> Create a Recovery Drive, etc.  After posting my question and reading other posts on the Lenovo site, I decided to try a relatively simple option - I made a bit-by-bit copy from the Lexar 16 Gb USB stick to a SanDisk 16 Gb USB stick.  After completing this, I stuck the SanDisk USB Stick (with the T460 Recovery software) in the T460 with the new SSD drive and booted it - the system immediately recognized the USB drive and I was able to re-install the operating system et al.   Amazing - the Lexar USB stick simply didn't work for this purpose.

Thank you for your response - and for anyone that has such a problem in the future, they should consider trying another USB drive!
      Mark

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Re: T460 (Windows 10) Does Not Recognize USB as Boot Option

2016-12-28, 12:04 PM

Hi, JD;
Thanks for your suggestions!

Prior to trying them, I found another (old) posting that suggested trying another USB stick.  This was pretty easy to do, since I simply downloaded a free bit-by-bit copy program, and copied the Lexar 16 Gb (Recovery) information onto a SanDisk 16 Gb memory stick.  I then inserted the SanDisk USB drive into the T460, turned it on, and the USB was immediately recognized.  I then installed the Recovery software onto the T460 with the new SSD drive, and everything went like clockwork!  The system is now running and is much faster (than with the original HDD).

I have no idea why the Lexar USB stick was not recognized as a boot source, but the SanDisk USB, with the identical software, worked fine.  Oh, well...  I subsequently purchased another SanDisk USB for my other new Thinkpad, and made a recovery USB for that one - I am hoping that, should I ever need it, that USB stick will work OK also.
    Mark

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Re: T460 (Windows 10) Does Not Recognize USB as Boot Option

2018-01-13, 14:06 PM

Dear Gents

 

I have same issue. I have bootable USB which is working on another computer. I have tried F10 and select USB drive as first boot device.

 

But my bootable USB disc is not recognized.

 

Does anybody have idea what is wrong?

 

Many thanks

 

Kindest regards

 

Andy

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Re: T460 (Windows 10) Does Not Recognize USB as Boot Option

2018-01-13, 15:25 PM

What laptop?  What operating system?  BIOS in legacy or UEFI mode?  How was the USB drive prepared?  NTFS, FAT32, something else?  What's on it?

 

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Re: T460 (Windows 10) Does Not Recognize USB as Boot Option

2018-01-13, 16:18 PM

It is Thinkpad T460 with UEFI.I have secure boot.It has windows 10.Usb is booting at another laptop.It is ok.

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Re: T460 (Windows 10) Does Not Recognize USB as Boot Option

2018-01-13, 16:24 PM

How was the USB stick prepared?  What were the boot options on the machine that made the stick?


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Re: T460 (Windows 10) Does Not Recognize USB as Boot Option

2018-01-13, 16:27 PM

It is hirens boot USB made by rufus from ISO file.Why you are interested on USB live whilst it works on another laptop?It is OK. Please advise me what exaxt settings shall I use under BIOS or F12 boot option. Shall I also disable secure boot?

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