Configuring Boot Order Question

December 7, 2011 at 00:28:59
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Turion; 2 core; 1.8 GHz; 2 Gigs RAM
what is a USB disk on key?
Is that just another name for a thumb or flash drive? I'm trying to decide how to
set the boot order in BIOS and there are 6 devices/options. I have an unused
thumb drive whereto I want to copy my Windows 7 installation disk, and if a
USB diskette on key is a thumb drive, I think I need to put that device at the
top of the boot order. Am I correct in my thinking about this. Be kind;)
Penny

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#1
December 7, 2011 at 05:01:53
Some of the newer bios configurations allow you to boot from a usb device. This could be an external cd/dvd drive for installation purposes etc. Copying your Win 7 disk to a thumb drive wouldn't work anyhow. There's a process involved to make it bootable. Stick with the original disk for installations. Unless you're trying to accomplish something other than using the computer, you need to boot from the hard drive. That's where the OS is located. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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#2
December 7, 2011 at 06:24:07
The fastest boot option is to list the HDD 1st. If you're going to be running programs or installations from bootable media, you'll have to decide which devices to list before the HDD. We can't tell you the order because we don't know what you do with your system.

As stated by grasshopper, simply copying the contents of the Win7 disk to a USB flash drive will NOT make the flash drive bootable.


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#3
December 8, 2011 at 17:50:16
Thanks guys. I now have a better idea of my situation. But my first basic
question remains- is a 'USB diskette on key' just another name for a
thumb or flash drive? I'm just trying to get a clearer picture of the six
options/devices listed in the boot order. Thanks again.
Penny

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#4
December 9, 2011 at 11:35:08
Don't know Penny, there's usually an explanation for each definition in the bios. highlight the option and look to the right portion of the screen for an explanation.

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