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Q: Trouble booting to USB thumb drive or bootable DVD on built-...

Hello, I am having issues booting to a bootable usb thumb drive or DVD on my HP Notebook 15-ay009dx. It has Windows 10 on it, although I'm not sure if it's 32 or 64 bit. I have long forgotten the password to the main account on this computer, so I am trying to use Trinity Rescue Kit to reset the password of the main account. I have gone into BIOS and disabled Secure Boot and enabled Legacy Boot mode, saved the changes, and exited. After rebooting and pressing F9 to go into the Boot Device Options menu, the only bootable options I see are OS Boot Manager (UEFI) and Boot from EFI File. I pressed F10 to go back into BIOS. and I see that Secure Boot is enabled and Legacy Support is disabled all over again! I quickly re-disabled Secure Boot and re-enabled Legacy support, saved the changes, rebooted, and the same problem is still happening! When I check back in BIOS, the settings for Secure Boot and Legacy Support are back to what they originally were again. After performing some research, I read that you should be prompted for some 4-digit number after disabling Secure Boot, but I did not get prompted to do so. At a loss, I went to the Security tab in BIOS and tried the Restore Security Settings to Factory Defaults and was prompted to enter in a 4-digit number, but I don't see anywhere to type in the given numbers. I've tried pressing the keys anyways and pressing Enter, but nothing happens. I can only press ESC to exit the Security Feature Reset Request window. Again, all I want to do is boot to TRK on usb or DVD. This is beginning to frustrate the heck out of me. If anyone could help, I'd be greatly appreciative.

Preferred Solution: Trouble booting to USB thumb drive or bootable DVD on built-...

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A: Trouble booting to USB thumb drive or bootable DVD on built-...

I managed to resolve this issue. I am now able to boot to TRK on DVD. Thank you all regardless.

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I have this 2.0 gb thumb drive that was given to me. How can I tell if it's bootable or not. It does not have a brand name on it.

A:bootable thumb drive

I don't know that a drive is "automatically" bootable or not, but you can make one bootable.

Making a bootable thumb drive ~ http://www.trekstorusa.com/downloads/bootdisk.pdf

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I'm making a bootable thumb drive with all the best recovery and testing tools I can think of. Problem is I cant think of any other tools to put on it.

So far I have Hiren's boot cd, ubcd, ubcd4win, XP install disk image (dunno if the xp works yet), clonezilla, ubuntu, and orphcrack.

Anyone else have any ideas on other disks I should put on there or favorite tools?

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What about Win7?

- [email protected] File Recovery Software & Web Service. Data Recovery for Windows XP 2003 2000 98 .... Also their partition recovery software is brillaint.
- Useful batch files and scripts that you may have
- oxid.it - Cain & Abel
- PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB drives.
- A packet tracer
- A Hex editor
- NFO reader

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I have a laptop with the hard drive no longer working in it. So I wanted to install XP Pro to a 32GB USB drive and run it off that. But I can find nothing on how to do this. I have tried USB_Multiboot10, And Followed the instructions. But when I get to the last part of actually INSTALLING to a partition..It says "Setup cannot create the folder \WINDOWS" I even tried making the folder myself. Turning off read only Etc. Making different folders..And trying those and still have the same problem...Then I tried reformatting the Thumb Drive in Window Setup At the blue screen. Because it shows up as a partition at 32GB. That was going well. It was transferring the setup files. Then..Once it reboots and I have it start from the Thumb Drive It goes to the XP load screen..Then it loads for about 3 seconds then it gives me the 0x7B BlueScreen. I have tried everything...Disabling the main hard drive in the BIOS...Making the USB drive the MAIN partition..But no matter what it still throws the BSOD ..Any ideas on how to fix this? Or maybe another method? Thanks.

A:Bootable Thumb Drive, XP Pro Problem.

Give it up I have never seen that work successfully.

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I am trying to make a USB thumb drive bootable for Ghost sessions.
To date I have been unable to achieve this can anyone help.
The systems are USB bootable.


A:USB Thumb drive making it bootable

You need to know what the BIOS expects to see emulated (floppy,Hard disk, etc). Most common is floppy. Treat the USB drive as if it was a big floppy disk and use the appropriate formatting and transfer the system files with SYS.COM

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Hello BC,

I was recently given a thumb drive with some very important software on it. It is bootable, and it appears to be booting into Windows (it says "Windows is loading setup files" or whatever the message is) but the interface that it actually gives me looks more like a Linux-based desktop.

Anyway, I made an image of the drive using a freeware utility called USB Image Tool 1.51. It saved it in IMG format. I wanted to put the image onto another flash drive (the exact same model and disk size) as a backup, so I wrote the image to the new, empty flash drive. It put the files on there, but apparently not the boot information. It bypasses the drive altogether when I boot it up (and I have the BIOS set to look for USB devices during bootup). I was always under the impression that an image contained EVERYTHING on a drive -- boot sector and all. Is this not the case?

Anyway, someone told me to pull the MBR from a floppy disk and put that on the flash drive. I did that, and it just hangs with a blinking cursor, so I zeroed it out again.

Any suggestions on how I get the drive to boot up like the other one does?

If it helps, the drive contains a folder called BOOT and it includes these files:

Any input at all is appreciated.


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I just recently bought a new motherboard (old one died), and didn't realize that it had no IDE port on it for easy Win7 re-installation (my only available dvd drive is still IDE). After trying to find a friend with one, I ended up trying to make a bootable thumb drive using the Windows 7 bootable USB drive utility and my father's computer, and every single time I've tried to do it, it gives an error right at the end about bootsect.exe saying it isn't bootable. Any suggestions?

Asus P5QL-VM, Intel Core 2 Duo q9300, 4gb (2x2gb) ram, seagate SATA hard drive of some sort, GEForce 9800GTX+ gpu.

A:Unable to make thumb drive bootable

Quote: Originally Posted by Kaljaen

I just recently bought a new motherboard (old one died), and didn't realize that it had no IDE port on it for easy Win7 re-installation (my only available dvd drive is still IDE). After trying to find a friend with one, I ended up trying to make a bootable thumb drive using the Windows 7 bootable USB drive utility and my father's computer, and every single time I've tried to do it, it gives an error right at the end about bootsect.exe saying it isn't bootable. Any suggestions?

Asus P5QL-VM, Intel Core 2 Duo q9300, 4gb (2x2gb) ram, seagate SATA hard drive of some sort, GEForce 9800GTX+ gpu.

Hi Kaliaen,
Assuming that you already formatted your flash drive, it is set as "active",
you'll need to use either powerISO or similar program for copying boot files or use the bootsect utility that comes on the Windows 7 disk to make the flash drive bootable.
Open command promt:
Insert your Windows 7 DVD into your drive.
Change directory to the DVD?s boot directory where bootsect lives:
cd d:\boot
Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Win 7 image. I?m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:
bootsect /nt60 g:
The easiest way is to use Windows explorer to copy all of the files on your DVD on to the formatted flash drive. After you?ve copied all of the files the disk you are ready to go.
Never had an issue using this method.
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Why doesn't Windows 7 allow us to format a USB thumb drive as bootable? There's a Format Option to "Create an MS-DOS startup disk" on the format dialog box, but there's no way to select it with a USB thumb drive as the target. I assume that option would be available for things like floppies (if anyone had those any more). I spent most of yesterday scouring the web for a way to do this. The last time I did it, I used HP's old USB Disk Storage Format Tool. But, it looks like they've removed it from their site (I do have a copy of it, I'm just mentioning that it's been removed). Anyway, what's the problem with giving us this option within the format tool included with the OS?

A:Why Doesn't Windows 7 Allow Us to Format a USB Thumb Drive as Bootable?

Because now we could simply boot to Win PE from USB flash drives, we do not need to make MS-DOS on USB drives. We can only put Win PE on the flash drive. When boot, choose to boot from USB device and you will boot in WinPE.
Walkthrough: Create a Bootable Windows PE RAM Disk on a USB Flash DiskArthur Xie - MSFT

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I have a bootable windows installation Thumb Drive. Can Macrium make a backup of this thumb drive so in the event of this thumb drive going faulty, I could make another Thumb drive with the backup image.

A:Can Macruim Reflect make a backup of Bootable windows Thumb drive

Originally Posted by sam9

I have a bootable windows installation Thumb Drive. Can Macrium make a backup of this thumb drive so in the event of this thumb drive going faulty, I could make another Thumb drive with the backup image.

Why not just save the media from which you created the current one?

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I'm still running Vista. I recently purchased a thumb drive with Windows 10 from Microsoft (only because they don't sell them on disc anymore, which is easy and I've done a clean install of Vista half a dozen times from CD-Rom).

Anyway, I plug in the thumb drive, I reboot, go to BIOS, set to boot from USB-HDD. Exit that, and a screen comes up with the device (my USB with Windows 10) at the top and Verifying DMI Pool way down at the bottom. But then nothing. It just hangs there. As far as I can tell, it will hang there forever (but at the very least an hour). I can't find a solution, and I've been at this for hours. Thank you in advance for any help, or even pointing me in the right direction.

A:Booting Windows from Thumb Drive

My Vista machine never used to install Windows from USB stick either, so I stuck to burning an ISO to DVD. I assume you want to clean install this time too. If you don't need to access the bit that allows you to add/remove partitions and format the drive before installing Windows, you could try running setup.exe on the thumbdrive from the Vista desktop and follow the on-screen instructions, which should give the option to keep nothing and install Windows.

Alternatively, you can burn a Windows 10 ISO to DVD using the Windows Media Creation Tool (see Option Two at the link below) and then boot from DVD to install Windows 10. Just use the licence key that came with the Windows 10 thumbdrive you bought to activate it.

Windows 10 ISO Download

Windows 10 - Clean Install

You'll may need to install Windows 8.1 graphics card drivers if there aren't any available for Windows 10 and they don't automatically install through Windows Update.

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my son thought he could load a program on his thumbdrive off of another computer. and now when he plugs it in to any computer, it says, it needs to be formatted.. He knows if it is formatted he will loose everything including pictures from his tour in Iraq. I know .. and he knows he should have copied the pictures.. but he didn't. I don't think he will repeat the mistake.

is there anything that can be done to salvage the informaiton on the drive?

any assistance or information will be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance.

A:Thumb drive Trouble.

if he tried to 'load a program from another pc'
that is probably WHY it needs to be formatted,
on this forum, the rules here:
say no-one can help with piracy,
on recovering the pictures,
there are a number of data recovery softwares available,
pick one, it MIGHT work,
depending upon HOW important the pics,
there are professional services available,

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My USB thumb drive is not getting a drive letter again. I can manually assign one, but it does not show up in my computer. It works in other computers, I have the latest drivers, and I tried this Registry Fix. Any ideas?

A:USB Thumb Drive Trouble

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I have Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge72. Every time I boot my PC and a flash USB drive is connected, booting hangs on the very start with a black screen with Lenovo logo. At the same time a LED indicator on the USB drive is flashing continuously, so I think that the motherboard scans it for some purpose. This state is never-ending; only if I remove USB drive, PC continues to boot normally. The USB drive is not bootable, and I have turned off all BIOS settings that let booting from USB. But the problem persists. Could you suggest any solution?

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My build is as follows
Gigabyte 970A-DS3P Motherboard
Gigabyte geforce gtx 750ti graphics card
320gb hitachi sata hdd
evga 500w white power supply

Heres my problem.
Its a new build and everything was going perfectly fine until after i installed the motherboard drivers and graphics card drivers. It would restart and work fine until next time it was shut down and started again. I would then get the start up repair loop where anything you chose took you to start up repair, safe mode, vga mode, start windows normally etc all went to start up repair.

So i let it repair and it restored me back to before the drivers were installed. So i then tried installing the drivers through windows instead of from the manufacturers website. Same again all worked fine for a while then a day later it froze on me and i had to restart - led me back to start up repair. Except this time it can't repair, it said restart to fix the errors or something but then goes straight back to start up repair over and over again.

So i turned the computer off and was going to try to access cmd to fix any boot errors and so on. But now when it starts up I get drive read error press ctrl alt delete to restart. I thought id try to do a clean install of windows from the usb i originally installed from. But i still get a drive read error from that when i start up, even if i disconnect the hard drive and select the usb from boot options. So i messed around with ... Read more

A:Drive read error - hdd and bootable usb not booting.

Is your Windows 7 Copy a retail or a preinstalled one?

If it is retail,insert the DVD,set the boot priority in BIOS to DVD drive,select Repair your computer and select Startup Repair.

I can see that your motherboard drivers are causing this issue.Leave them uninstalled and then you will see what to do next.

If that didn't fix the issue,select Command Prompt and type:

sfc /scannow

Please post the results.

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I created that Windows 7 bootable usb with Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Everything went smoothly. Then I plugged the usb to my PC Desktop and pressed F8 to open the boot menu. I chose the bootable usb and it came with an error Missing_Operating_System. What's the problem here ?

A:Booting from a bootable usb drive - Missing_Operating_System error

Is your laptop came with "Windows 8" pre-installed ?. Are you trying to downgrade the machine to 7 ?. What is the exact model number of your laptop ? ( for example HP 15-d009TU ).

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7200U CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 142 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8067 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 237 GB (82 GB Free); D: 93 GB (48 GB Free);
Motherboard: KBL, Dragonite_KL
Antivirus: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall Antivirus, Disabled

I want to change the booting order so that I can boot using a bootable USB flash drive. Under Bios, boot tab appears boot mode: [UEFI] (the Legacy option does not appear anywhere). Also there is Secure boot: [Enabled] (the up/down cursor doesn?t stop on it). Also appears Boot priority order: 1. Windows Boot Managern(Micron_1100- MTFDDAV256TBN). Windows won?t allow me to make any changes.

A:Bios booting order for USB bootable flash drive

Disable secure boot and see if that will allow you to make changes.

Also, often motherboards will have a special key, some [f10] to allow you to select your boot device.

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computer specs, GeForce GTX 760 and i5-4670k CPU. MSI Z97-G45 Gaming Series motherboard. bought this from somebody with no windows installed on it. computer came with no cd's. bought a new copy of windows 8.1. i have the computer hooked up to a 720p hdtv with an hdmi cord. everytime i am hitting enter to boot from the device options it just keeps blinking but it wont boot from device. i think since i am using a tv and not a monitor it may be cutting off some other options on the screen on the bottom that i cant see? or is there something wrong with the computer. i believe the person used the computer before me for about 6 months or so and deleted what ever operating system he had on it before giving it to me. read some stuff about possible uefi bios legacy boot but not sure?

A:having trouble booting windows 8.1 from cd drive

Read here, see if this helps: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

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I just installed a new Motherboard into my case I have everything hooked up properly the PC starts up perfectly, I can get to the Bios to change the boot sequence to Floppy 3.5 first so i can boot up into Dos and I want to format so i can reinstall windows. Well It starts to boot up and just when you think its gonna boot up into Dos it goes to a blue screen right quick than resarts all over again.. I have tried everything does anyone have any suggestions?

A:Having trouble booting into the floppy Drive A:

Bad boot disk? www.bootdisk.com

Tried booting off cd?

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Hi guys,

I bought a new drive recently (1TB) to replace my older drive (250GB).

I started by installing it as a drive E:\ - I then used Norton Ghost to clone my original C:\ drive to the new drive.

Then I took out the old drive to try to boot from the new one.

Basically it went to the blue Windows booting graphic, but got stuck there.

When I used the Symantec Recovery Disk to see why, I saw that the new volume is still designated as Drive E:\... so no wonder it's not working properly.

Any ideas on how to force my computer to see the drive as C:?


A:Trouble Booting From Cloned Drive

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I have primarily use a Dell Studio 1558 laptop. I recently had a hard drive failure. Luckily I cloned my entire hard drive to an external hard drive using Macrium Reflect. I tried changing the boot order in the BIOS so that my laptop would boot from a USB device, but this doesn't work. I also tried using bootsect to make my external hard drive bootable but to no avail. Can anyone give me any help with getting my laptop to run off the external hard drive? The laptop in question no longer boots at all, it crash dumps every time I try to turn it on and boot from the internal hard drive and it crashes when it automatically takes itself into Startup Repair.

Just thought I'd add what I tried to do with bootsect:

Put bootsect.exe into windows\System32

"Open cmd

bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

bootsect /nt60 c: /mbr


sel vol c


But the cmd said "bootsect is not recognised as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file"

A:Trouble booting from an external hard drive

The BIOS in Dell laptop's doesn't usually give you a lot of options so it might not be possible to boot from USB. Presumably you'll be looking to replace the internal hard drive with a working one? If so, you could use a different system to clone the content of your external hard drive to the new internal one and then plug it into your Dell.

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Hello All,
Ok here is the problem, I have a machine here where the HD has a couple of pending sectors. It still boots fine, no data has been lost, regular backups are being kept. I am trying to clone the original HD to another HD using clonezilla (all other cloning software choke and never complete). Clonezilla does, HOWEVER the new drive is not bootable. When I try I am told that there was a problem and into insert my vista disk to fix the problem. Well that is fine IF you have a vista disk. This is a HP machine which as you probably know, they only give you a "recovery" partition/disk which wipes the drive and restores it back to when you bought the machine. They don't give you any Microsoft start up tools other then reverting to a restore point. The guy does not want to wipe and rebuild everything, just clone it over to a new drive which I have done but it won't boot.

A Vista recovery disk would work, but the only one I found is by Neosmart and they want $25 for it. While that is better than buying a copy of Vista, it seems like I should be able to do repair the startup data in another fashion. Would a windows 7 disk work? I am assuming not, and would cause more problems. I have seen tools to create a recovery disk, but again it requires having a Vista disk in the first place (which if you already have a Vista disk, why would you need to build a emergency recovery disk that does the same thing?)

One other thing I thought of: EasyBCD and using that to ... Read more

A:Trouble booting cloned (vista) drive

If the problem is really "only" that there is an issue with the boot then a Windows 7 Installation DVD or a Windows 7 System Repair Disk will likely fix the boot problem as well as a Vista Installation DVD would.

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I work on various system (mostly XP/Vista and some Linux...not many Mac's) and I was looking into the possibility of purchasing an 8GB thumb drv and partitioning it for 4GB Windows and 4GB of Linux.

I'm wanting to be able to boot from either partition via a boot loader (providing the BIOS supports it) and then run the chosen OS for diagnostics or for wireless email checking...web browsing...etc.

I havent been able to run across a boot loader or instructions on how to partition the thumb drv.
http://portableapps.com is one site I've found...they have all the apps I need but dont provide details on the partitioning/dual-booting procedure.

Any thoughts/ideas/links would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

A:Dual-booting from a USB thumb drv

Many Linux destros support usb flash drive installs, check the above links. Especially DSL is famous for this ability. I also have heard of Ubuntu running of a usb drive. For windows I am not sure but after some googling I came across the 3d link!




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I want to install the hard drive from my broken 2008 HP tower (lightning strike) into my older 2002 Gateway. It was easy enough to plug in but it won't boot. I was able to finally get to a repair screen and it ran for 15 minutes then asked me to try starting again. The attempt failed.

A:Trouble booting HP hard drive in a Gateway computer

You can't just switch the HD from one computer to another, that HD was set up for the HP components, you will have to format it and reinstall the operating system.

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As Said in the title i just got a new computer and im having some troubles changing the boot priorities inside the
There just dont seem to be some settings to do it.
A bit of help could be nice

Edit: My brother have the same motherboard but there are more settings in his boot menu

A:Solved: Having trouble booting from cd-drive with AsRock x79 Extreme9

ASRock X79 Extreme9

Click the "Manual" link and then select and download its "User Manual".

It's in PDF format, so you need Adobe Reader or some other PDF reader installed so you can open and view it.

The UEFI Setup Utility is on page 70.


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my issue is so like other posts but a smidge different. my dell 1735 has two hdd bays. i stripped my original hdd and loaded it with ubuntu. i placed it in my secondary bay and hooked it up. i recieved another hdd from dell, preloaded with vista and put it into the primary "original" bay. How do i boot up my secondary hdd? i think i may be missing the forest through the trees. thank you. sincerly, tommybee.

A:Trouble booting up second OS/hard drive on Dell 1735 laptop

you need to set up your system to dual boot.

just google "dual booting vista and ubuntu" and you'll find lots of guides on how to get you set up.

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I think I read recently that Windows 10 has a built in way to create a bootable USB from any ISO. My attempts to search for the information yield irrelevent information from years ago when Windows did not do this or information on creating Windows 10 Installation USB disk which is also irrelevant. Thanks.

A:How to use Windows 10 built-in features to make bootable USB from ISO

I typically like being able to manually create bootable USB sticks myself as well. Here is a tutorial I wrote for the task. https://windowsforum.com/threads/man...ll-usb.222114/ Of course the lazy (easy) option would be to use a tool like Rufus

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Hi, I'm trying to create a bootable USB flash drive from the "BIOS Update (Bootable CD) (Version (none)-1.05)" file for the X1 Carbon (Gen7), to no avail. I use PowerISO to "burn" the ISO to the USB flash drive. I tried formatting it in FAT32 and NTFS and also a RAW copy to the flash drive, but it won't boot. How do you do it? Thanks Daniel

A:How to create a bootable USB flash drive from the "BIOS Update (Bootable CD)" ISO?

Did you get it to work?I mean: It's nearly 2020 now. People have been making iso files forever that you can simply cp copy or dd write to a device.In my opinion: Providing these garbage iso files is just bad service from Lenovo.Lenovo, please improve in this front. Thanks.

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I'm trying to do a fresh install of windows 7 onto an Crucial M4 SSD as the previousversion kept hanging atstartup, but the installation seems to hang and is very slow. So I want to restore my SSD back to factory settings and maybe this would help. Normally I would use partition magic but that's on a bootable flash drive and unfortunately this pc will not boot to usb. Is it possible to make the bootable flash drive into a bootable cd rom? cheers guys.

A:Can i make a bootable flash drive into a bootable cd rom?

if you have the files on the usb, you should be able to just copy them to the cd and it should boot. i say should because i have not done this. if you use a windows 7 system to do this, you should get the option to make the cd bootable when you burn it using windows.

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I have for the second boot drive my DVD (SATA) drive. When the computer reboots, I am given an option to boot from DVD which has a bootable DVD in the drive. When I enter 'y' for yes, the computer resumes to boot Windows, and ignores booting from the bootable DVD. The DVD drive works perfect in Windows, I have checked the BIOS and everything looks good, how come the DVD drive is not booting from the bootable DVD ?

A:Bootable DVD not booting ?

What is the first boot drive? I'm assuming that this is the floppy, since you are given the option to boot from optical (which you will only get if prior devices in the boot list contain no bootable media).

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Hp Touchsmart 320 pc and a Toshiba v73600- a 500gb usb harddrive
Using Casper 8, the Hp is cloned to the Toshiba supposedly to create a bootable backup.

Having a problem booting to the usb hd. It attempts to boot then reverts to primary hd. I disabled "auto restart on system failure" and got the error message 0x0000007b (0xfffff880009a9928, 0xffffffffc0000034, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000 which indicates an inaccessible boot device. What I do not know is why the usb drive is inaccessible. Any suggestions?


A:Bootable usb hd not booting

UPDATE: Switched to my Lacie usb drive and it has the same issue which leads me to think that the problem must be with the HP Touchsmart 320.

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Is it possible to make an external USB harddrive bootable and would it be possible to make it boot to several different boot images? Like a Windows install CD or Clonezilla, etc.?

Like making some form of boot menu if its possible to make the harddrive bootable.

Currently what I'd like for it to boot is:

Various Windows installs (XP and Windows 7 in various editions 64 Bit and 32 Bit)
Clonezilla (from www.clonezilla.org)

So easily 5-6 different things or more I want to be able to boot to, if possible. The info on the net is confusing at best...dangerous at worst.

A:USB HDD bootable and booting many different things?

Yes, you can make it bootable, but setting it up for multiboot will require some research on your part.
The first thing to be sure is that your system is able to boot from USB.
Here's a link for the newly released USB tool for Win7: http://wudt.codeplex.com/
Here's the article: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/win...-iso,9246.html

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Under XP Media Center
I have two internal HDs two CD drives, one ext. HD and Windows has assigned drive letters to all and all have been stable over the years the very weird thing , and I can't figure out why, is that for my USB thumb drive - which I always plug into the same USB port it changes letters after an extended period - say about 8 months, it will go from "G" to "I" and then back. It is bothersome only because I use the "Send To" command for many files. is there a way to stabilize this or is it just another XP annoyance I must put up with.

A:windows XP keeps alternating drive letter for thumb drive

goto control panel
Admin tools
computer management
disk management
in the right hand side you should see all the drives
go to the the drive that you want to change the letter ID
right click - then choose "change drive letter" a box will appear with the current letter
choose a new letter and click ok then its all done same letter every time

I often set to X, Y, Z for external and any mapped drives

have a read here http://www.online-tech-tips.com/com...s-xp-for-an-external-usb-stick-or-hard-drive/

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I have tried installing Anti-virus software on a flash drive. However, the Avti-virus will only run from the flash drive on the machine that I installed it from. Indicating a registry association.I need anti-virus software that will run from a flash drive on any machine running windows. Preferably, not bloatware like McAfee. Anybody know of any?
Thanks for help. PS. McAfee won't

A:I need Anti-Virus that will run from a Flash drive aka: Thumb drive

Stinger.exe will run from a flash drive an will seek out and find most of the more recent worms and viruses. You can find it here:


I would think for any full fledged av program you could put the exe. file on the flash drive and then install it on most any computer. Such programs as Avast, Antivir, and AVG should work in that manner.

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I want to have Macrium Rescue and windows backup in one pendrive. If I create two partition in my pendrive, first for rescue and other for keeping backup, is it possible. Because windows only recognize the first primary partition of the pendrive.

Sorry found the answer in my earlier threads. So this is closed now

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I have a USB drive with Ophcrack and a rainbow table in it. I can boot from it. I want to make an ISO from it with the table still installed. I'm trying to use it on VMware. I've tried using PowerISO by opening the files and saving them as an ISO. It wouldn't boot.

A:Make bootable ISO from bootable USB Drive

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Well, I'm pretty sure I did everything right, everything's connected, yadda yadda. The monitor IS plugged into the right spot on the video card, but when I boot, the monitor stays blank. I know the power works cause everything lights up and the fans start spinning, the cd drive gets recognized, along with the HD, but it still makes the 2 second long beeping noise that it did when I first tested in in the early stages of building. Any thoughts what could be the problem?

Shuttle AN35N Ultra
1x 512 MB Corsair ValueSelect RAM
120 GB Seagate 7200 RPM HDD
Powercolor ATi Radeon 9600PRO
Rosewill DVD-ROM/CD/RW Drive
Samsung Floppy Drive
Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12 HS/Fan
AMD Mobile Athlon XP 2500+


A:New Custom Built PC Not Booting! HELP

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Good morning all,

I am new to this forum and hope to god someone can help me, I was up until 2AM this morning trying to fix my new rig :(

Let me explain the issue and what I have done so far:-

I have an Asus Crosshair II Formula mobo, 8GB of OCZ 1066MHz Reaper X RAM, AMD Athlon X4 Black Edition and Windows Vista

When I first built the machine and switch on for the first time (with all 8 GB RAM in) I got a DRAM error on the LCD display of the Mobo and nothing shown on the screen.

I removed 2 of the sticks of RAM so down to 4GB and it booted, I installed Windows Vista 64Bit Ultimate and all worked well.

I now want to be able to use my other 2 sticks of RAM.

I have put the other 2 sticks back in and again I cant even boot to BIOS. After reading some forum posts I lowered my RAM down to on DDR2 800MHz and turned off Ganged mode??

This allows me to boot to BIOS perfectly and recognizes all 8GB in BIOS.

Now when I go through the BIOS and try to get into Windows, I immediately get rebooted, and this just keeps going in a circle.

I have tried to reinstall the OS but after I get past the intial black install screen I immediately get a BSOD telling me its stopped my computer to save it blah blah blah.

So, I cannot get into Windows, I cannot reinstall Windows.

I desperately want to use all 8GB..

Any ideas?

PS I have also updated to the latest BIOS on the Mobo....

Thanks in advance

A:New Rig Built, Booting Problems, Please Help

Of course I ment AMD Phenom X4 not Athlon ;) old habbits.

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Hi all. This is my first attempt at a custom built and it's not going so well. Here are my products:


CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Brisbane 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor

Mobo: Foxconn A7VMX-K AM2+/AM2 AMD 780V Micro ATX AMD

PS: Allied 500w 20-pin (mobo is 24 but claims my old 20 will work)


Hard drive: My old Dell 4400 hard drive


When I turn the power on, the case fans work, the CPU fan works, the USB mouse has power, the non-USB keyboard doesn't work, the DVD drive doesn't eject, and I don't get anything on the monitor. It's as if the lights are on but no one is home.

Any suggestions? Thanks.

A:Custom built not booting

Take the RAM out, do you get any beeps?

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I built a new computer, but I think I hit a wrong button when setting it up. I got into the bios and set it up how I wanted it, but I closed out of the bios and now the computer isn't sending a signal to the monitor, keyboard, or mouse. The fans come on, the lights light up, I don't here any beeps from the motherboard. I haven't installed Windows yet.

A:Built computer not booting

Did you change anything regarding the internal video card?

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This message appears when i boot up my new custom built PC. This is my first custom build. All parts were purchased new.
The parts used in the build are:
CPU - AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler
Power Supply - EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W, Power Supply 100-W1-0500-K3, Black
SSD/HDD - Crucial MX500 CT250MX500SSD4 250 GB (3D NAND, SATA, M.2 Type 2280SS, Internal SSD)
Grahpics Card - Zotac GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4 GB Mini Graphics Card - Black
Motherboard - MSI ProSeries AMD Ryzen 1st and 2ND Gen AM4 M.2 USB 3 DDR4 D-Sub DVI HDMI micro-ATX Motherboard (B450M PRO-VDH Plus)
RAM - Corsair Vengeance LPX-16GB High Performance 2.0 XMP Memory Module (2 x 8 GB, DDR4, 3000 MHz, C15), black color.

The BIOS i have installed is - MSI Click Bios 5 - 7A38v943(Beta version).
I have tried to choose my Sandisk usb device with Windows 10 on it as the Boot option number 1 but was unsuccessful.
I would appreciate any tips or help on what i have to do to boot my PC successfully.

Thank you.

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I need some help folks...
I'm running windows XPpro on about a 8 year old Gateway laptop: 40g HD partitioned into two halves, windows on one half, the other unallocated. I just partitioned and formatted yesterday.

I can't seem to get a bootable CD to boot up. The windows kicked in as normal, but when I reboot a disk like Falcon Four's Ult boot CD, windows starts up as normal and I get no autorun of my media.
Now when I let the windows boot up to desktop and then pop in the CD, it brings up the "what do you want to do with this menu; open files?, do nothing?, etc.
This takes place, so far, with anything that is bootable, I've tried others like Easeus Partition Master.

Now in the BIOS I've even set it to boot from CD first, then removable, then Harddrive.

I figure this has something to do with a windows setting I just haven't experienced yet.

I might add that this version of Windows I installed is the one that came with the computer, Gateways version. I'm seeing a lot of things come up on installations of programs now. For example; when I go to install Nero y and get to the part where it asks if Direct X9 is desired, leave box checked. I leave it checked to continue and I get a message, "this program needs to install Direct X to continue with installation" ? Hello, that's why I left the box checked and clicked on 'next.

I'm going to be reformatting and installing my own copy of Win XP. I should have known G... Read more

A:Solved: bootable media not booting

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Greetings,  I just purchased an HP from Costco. It comes with Windows 10,  but I actually need to downgrade it to Windows 7.  So I fumbled my way through the BIOS and managed to disable the secure boot feature.  I was able to boot from USB with a Windows 7 ISO bootable USB (Which I successfully used on another machine) and it begins to load, and I get to the first questions to choose the language and time / date and keyboard type US,  but I'm not able to press the Next Button,  I have no mouse or keyboard control.  I've unplugged them and tried different ports, but nothing seems to work.  Please help.Thank you,Anthony

A:Can not install Windows 7 booting from a bootable USB.

Tonymandoha Sorry for the bad news, but you should have checked here BEFORE purchasing the PC. HP does not supply Win7 drivers for your PC, which means is it never going to work properly in Win7 because you are stuck using the generic drivers that Microsoft installed as part of setting up Win7. HP is not writing Win7 drivers for their Win10 PCs, so the drivers you need simply are not going to exist! If the PC is still intact, then take it back to Cosco for a refund -- it is not going to work under Win7.

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On our system at work when I plug in a thumb drive because our network drive is f it assigns that letter to the thumb and I cant see it. I go through Manage then Disk Management ect and assign a Drive letter to the USB thumb. I dont want to do this if I dont have to. I also dont want to have the IT guys remap the entire network if possible. Is there a way around this.
I want to be able to just plug in a thumb drive and have xp see it without going through disk management to change a assigned letter.


A:XP wont see thumb drive Network drive F

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Greetings to all

By mistake i disabled my flasd drive... here is what i did...

at the task bar (the one at the bottom ---start -----) i right clicked the safely remove hardware and selected properties and device usage i disbaled.. since than i cant use this flash drive in this computer.. i can use other flash drive/thumb drive usb drive but the one which i disabled i cant use it and it wont recognise too.

Please help me to fix this problem. when i insert other flash drive/thumb drive my computer detects it but the one which i disabled wont detect. What should i do?

Highly apreciate your help


A:Flash Drive/Thumb Drive how to enable

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I recently built a computer and when I turned it on, all of the RGB, fans, PSU, etc. turned on. However, when I turn it on and plug it into my monitor, it says, ?no signal?. The ram is in the right spot according to the manual. Help is greatly appreciated. My specs are:

Video Card: MSI GeForce rtx 2060
Motherboard: MSI z370 gaming m5
Ram: G.skill tridentZ 16 gb (two sticks)

A:New built computer “turning on” but not booting

Also, when I plug in my RGB keyboard and mouse they don?t light up. However, my RGB headphones do light up.

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I built my PC about a year ago and it had been working well until recently when it just stopped booting up. I asked my friend (who is IT savvy) and he suggested that I test/ replace my PSU. I was able to get a free replacement PSU from Amazon but even after connecting that (the one outside the tower in the photo), the PC doesn't seem to boot up. No lights, no sound .. nothing. The only thing that makes a little bit of noise is the new PSU. Is my motherboard gone? Or is it my power-switch that I need to fix? Or is it something else completely. Any help would be much appreciated.

Processor: Intel Core i5-6500 3.20GHz (Skylake) Socket LGA1151 Processor
PSU: Corsair CXM750 ATX/EPS Semi-Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply Unit, 750 W
Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z170-HD3
RAM: 2x4GB 2133MHz Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 Memory
Storage: 250GB Samsung EVO 850 SSD and a 500GB HDD
OS: Windows 10 Pro

Some photos attached for reference.


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