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Can't boot windows 7 from external disc drive.

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May 2, 2014 6:51:03 PM

Motherboard: Asus M5a97 EVO R2.0

The external drive doesn't show up once pressing f8. Is there anything I can do?

Thank you for your time.
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May 2, 2014 6:54:50 PM

And how did you get Windows 7 onto the external drive?
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May 2, 2014 6:59:19 PM

By placing the windows 7 disc in the external disc drive. The drive turns on once plugged into a usb port, lights come on, it opens, and it spins for a while but then stops.
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May 2, 2014 7:01:34 PM

Ok, so you're using an external optical drive, that wasn't clear in the original post.

Try going into the BIOS and setting it to boot first from a USB drive.
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May 2, 2014 7:06:29 PM

Yeah, sorry about that. Which option is it, UEFI or Legacy OpROM? There's no option for USB.
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May 2, 2014 7:10:11 PM

Post the specs of your computer. It's impossible to recommend anything without knowing those pieces of basic information.
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May 2, 2014 8:20:22 PM

Well, the option to boot from USB should be in there somewhere according to the manual (http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/SocketAM3+/M5A97-EV... --> section 3.7, page 3-32).

Without actually using the motherboard for myself, I can't really help any more than this. Maybe someone with this board can chime in.
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May 2, 2014 10:16:13 PM

Press F12 rapidly when boot starts will get you to boot menu to boot from disks or any other device. Win7 and probably win8 too.
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