12-21-2012 08:45 AM
Can a Thinkpad T430s with option "Express Card Slot & 4 in 1 Card Reader & Smart Card Reader" selected at purchase boot from a SD or SDHC card? I had a MacBook Pro and would boot off an SDHC card that held Ubuntu 12.04. I want to know if the T430s can do the same thing, if the BIOS can see the card and boot off it.
Page 134 (of the PDF) in the manual - www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/user.../t430s_ug_en.pdf - seems to suggest it's possible, but some threads for similar models suggest it isn't - http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T410-support-of-SD-card-reader-boot-up/m-p/... & http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T410-boot-from-SDHC/m-p/309410/highlight/tr... Such a specification can probably differ from model to model...
If it's not possible to boot off an SDHC card, would the T430s BIOS see a thumbdrive in a USB 3.0 slot and boot off that?
Thanks so much!
12-21-2012 09:12 AM
Here is the correct link for the manual: http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/user_guides/t430s_ug_en.pdf
12-21-2012 03:52 PM
01-30-2013 10:19 AM
Just FYI - I have cloned OK the standard windows 7 64 Pro (Samsung SSD 120GB) to a 120 GB Kingston SSD Hyperex 3 - removing the internal boot SSD, then starting the T430s results in the Kingston (external on USB3 Aluratek ) or external USB2 (disabling USB3 in Bios):
I get the Windows startup screen, so the USB drive definitely boots AOK, but then BSD.
So I have some sort of windows 7 issue, but it seems that the USB ports do boot fine. (Acronis et al USB botable sticks work fine..)
That is a pain .. the T61 I have boot w/o problems from USB cloned drives...
Any feedback welcome
01-30-2013 02:27 PM
My T430s finally arrived. The USB 2.0 port will boot the thumbdrive, but neither of the USB 3.0 ports will. (The thumdrive is a 3.0 Patriot with Ubuntu 12.04.1 LiveCD on it.) I tinkered with the BIOS settings but couldn't figure anything out to make the 3.0 ports boot the thumbdrive.
Anyone have any ideas?