I've been trying to boot from USB flash drives using a GA-965PDQ6 motherboard. One flash drive has bartpe on it created with petousb and the other flash drive has Acronis True Image 12 recovery files on it made from the main prgoram itself for that purpose.
However, no matter any of the settings I've tried in the bios, the USB gets ignored. I've tried booting from all USB related settings, i.e. USB FDD, CD-ROM, ZIP. There was originally a setting in the main drive boot order to boot from a USB HDD but when I set it to boot from this the setting just disappeared probably because I don't have a USB HDD!
I have two HDDs, one SATA and one IDE, and two optical drives, one SATA and one IDE. the rest of the setup re chips, graphics, RAM etc. is the run of the mill for this board.
My main concern is can anyone inform me how to boot from USB flash drives with this board?
Also, I want to buy an external HDD, and as the USB HDD setting no longer exists in the bios, even after flashing to F13, how will I get it to be recognised?
So what happened to the USB HDD feature in the Advanced Bios Features screen of the BIOS? It was there and disappeared when I set it to boot first from that and hasn't been replaced with a newly flashed bios?
At present I have to boot True Iamge flash drive by setting USB FDD in Advanced Bios Features and pressing F12 to boot from USB HDD?
What do you have "Legacy USB storage detect" set to on the "Integrated peripherals" page of the BIOS? You want it 'enabled' to boot from USB; 'disabled' the rest of the time, as it's the source of a known 'reboot-loop' problem. GB boards are notoriously finicky about USB spec compliance; often, an older device simply will not work, AND will cause lots of strange problems. As for:
Why doesn't a modern Gigabyte BIOS update give a USB flash drive setting?
For the same reason half the stuff you buy has problems; the manufacturer saved a million bucks by farming out the s'ware to the 'Elbonians', lost three milion trying to make it work even marginally, and then lost ten million worth of customer good will by releasing the result, bugs and all!
Well not necessarily. I have an identical thumb drive to the one that boots True Image every time. I formatted it to the same FAT file system, made it active and used the same Media Builder program from Acronis to write the same files in the same way as the thumb drive that is booting.
and the idential drive will NOT boot the same program. thoust it was to do with active partitions but that didn't seem to be it. Might be something to do with where the formatting tool places the boot sector.
I have no idea why the first drive accepted True Image and boots from USB HDD setting every time.
I have 5 identical thumb drives.
i) One thumb drive accepted Acronis' Media Builder's emergency boot up files first time without formatting by me (just the factory fresh).
ii) Another identical thumb drive which was factory fresh and was not formatted by me (just as the first drive that works) was not formatted by me would NOT boot with Acronis' Media Builder's emergency boot up files.
iii) Another identical thumb drive which was formatted by me would NOT boot with Acronis' Media Builder's emergency boot up files.
I have tried formatting with Disk Management in Win2k and Vista, also HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool in both FAT and FAT32.
I'm going to now try a fourth identical thumb drive in the same way as the first but don't hold out much hope.
I use BootIt NG to manage my EMBR/MBRs, but I'm hesitant to mess around with it experimenting; it took way too much effort to get all my EMBR/MBR swaps tuned perfectly for four OSs on two RAIDs - now, I've got a piece of black electrical tape on my monitor where the MBR editor selection pops up!
One more usb falsh drive booted with true image but when I used the same drive for either booting from DOS [with DOS files added using the HP formatting utility] or bartpe [using PeToUsb], it wouldn't boot.
Boot sector tools would be an interesting avenue to investigate but me too time-restricted for researching boot sector stuff so can't be a priority with me methinks.
I simply have to believe , that if thiswill boot (from the same physical drive, with the same BIOS set-up) and thatwon't, the problem (and it could well be an intermittent one) pretty much has to be with the installer/formatter for the boot utilities, and the only way I know of to examine the actual situation is by looking at the master boot record...
The other drives are identical in brand but are smaller in size becaise they won't let me transfer an image from the bootable pen drive saying destination drive too small and showing a smaller sector size. Must be in the formatting unless the manufacturing process changed mid-line.
having tried may times with particular USB stick (ebay key) just wont work.
I have a USB stick to install OSX mac lion on a stick and it s recognized all the time and install successful
Ensure AHCI is selected, USB-HDD first boot priority in Bios, and stick is in the front USB port
(thats the on i use anyway) and whoola.
After you enter bios to change boot priority, if the USB drive isnt listed chances are you Bios it's going to recognized it and just wont work