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Boot from external drive

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HP ENVY 700-300 Desktop PC series
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How do I get my computer to boot from an external source, either a USB flash drive, USB hard drive or SATA DVD Drive. 

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@KB41 wrote:

How do I get my computer to boot from an external source, either a USB flash drive, USB hard drive or SATA DVD Drive. 


First, connect your choice of an external storage device to a USB port. 

 

Now press the power button and press the F key that you see listed as the boot option. It will flicker to visibility and vanish quickly, so remember it.

 

View the available selections. If the device you have connected is bootable you should see it. Select it and your desktop should boot to the option selected.

 

If the device (DVD, USB thumb drive or storage) is not bootable, then it will not boot.  




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maybe make a bootable out of the SD card

 

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Been there, done that. Menu shows USB drive, but will not let me access it.

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If it is not bootable it will not boot. Plain and simple.

 

In Windows, use the disk management snap-in with the USB flash drive is plugged in to see if it is bootable. 

 

Windows' command-line Diskpart utility's list volume command will also show whether or not it is bootable.  That is the simplest way. Plug in the USB flash drive and then open a command line. I showed the steps in the following image.

 

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No joy. Diskpart -list volume shows usb not bootable. Tried with a different usb just in case, same result. I am using the oficial app from microsft to create recovery. Also tried using the old Windows 7 option to create a recovery DVD. My DVD is SATA, not USB.

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