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Old 03-10-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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Find bootable flash drives


When purchasing flash drives is there a way to determine if the flash drive is bootable before taking it home? Is size of memory any sort of key?
 
Old 03-10-2013, 01:45 PM   #2
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I cannot think of anyway except pluging it into a laptop (or other computer) that has USB boot enable in BIOS.

You can always make it a bootable device if it isn't one using tools such as http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ for example or following distro instructions for putting their distro on a usb to install.

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Old 03-10-2013, 01:52 PM   #3
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Find bootable flash drives

It just dawned on me I think it doesn't matter because fdisk allows me to set a partition bootable, my recall is a bit weak tho on that and could not see how to do it when I brought fdisk up.
 
Old 03-10-2013, 02:01 PM   #4
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Setting the boot flag is only a windows requirement. What makes it bootable is installing some type of boot code into the MBR which AFAIK isn't something provided by the manufacture.
 
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:01 PM   #5
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I have read of people not being able to boot from a specific USB drive but it's rare and may even be due to a faulty drive and not the model. If I found a USB drive wasn't bootable I'd probably send it back as faulty as I think it is now an important function of USB drives.
 
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:14 PM   #6
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you might need to hit the f12 button to get to the bios boot menu then select the usb drive

i need to do that on my set up 3 installed OS's and some on thumb drives
 
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:33 PM   #7
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Setting the boot flag is only a windows requirement.
You should tell that my laptop (Linux only), I needed nearly half a day until I realized that it didn't boot because of a missing boot flag. So the boot flag also can be a hardware requirement.
 
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:45 PM   #8
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[quoted]You should tell that my laptop (Linux only), I needed nearly half a day until I realized that it didn't boot because of a missing boot flag. So the boot flag also can be a hardware requirement.[/quote]

I stand corrected.
 
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:38 AM   #9
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Super and thanks to all. Replaced the Flash drive with a Kingston and a PNY. Made my flash drive monitor and put a "total bytes written" capability to monitor all of them in my desktop shutdown script so I can watch as it approaches old age.
 
  


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