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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.
Last edited by alleyoopster; 03-10-2013 at 01:47 PM.
Reason: deleted duplication
Distribution: Debian Sid AMD64, Raspbian Wheezy, Slackware Current AMD64, various VMs
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.
[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]
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.