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Booting from USB Flash Drive

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I have the Patriot Xporter XT USB Flash Drive and Windows 7 64-bit. Do I need to copy boot files to this drive to make it a bootable drive? What I mean is when updating the BIOS, do I need boot files or just the BIOS files when BIOS is configured to boot from Flash Drive? I guess it comes down to whether this Flash Drive is already a bootable device or it needs boot files?

Here is a link to the Flash Drive

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I use HP's Disk Format Tool to format USB drives.

Although your MB's BIOS probably has a flash utility built-in and hence can read directly from USB and hence does not need the USB drive to be bootable.

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I use HP's Disk Format Tool to format USB drives.

Although your MB's BIOS probably has a flash utility built-in and hence can read directly from USB and hence does not need the USB drive to be bootable.

I have the Gigabyte EX38-DS4 MB that has a Q-Flash utility built in and that is what I would use to update BIOS. According to the manual, Q-flash updates the BIOS without going into DOS, so it appears you are correct that I don't need boot files on the USB flash drive.

Oh, I also have HP's USB Disk Format Tool.

So long floppy, and hello USB flash drive. :D

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Been flashing Asus boards with flash drive for awhile now and it works great.Alt F2 and the job is mostly done.One note I would use the USB ports hardwired to the board.Have had some case ports that would not work for this purpose.

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Been flashing Asus boards with flash drive for awhile now and it works great.Alt F2 and the job is mostly done.One note I would use the USB ports hardwired to the board.Have had some case ports that would not work for this purpose.

I used the front USB port and worked perfectly updating my BIOS.

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Been flashing Asus boards with flash drive for awhile now and it works great.Alt F2 and the job is mostly done.One note I would use the USB ports hardwired to the board.Have had some case ports that would not work for this purpose.

I used the front USB port and worked perfectly updating my BIOS.

Some front USB ports have cheap cables and are too long so the +5v can drop causing problems for some 2.5" Hard Drives. However most usb flash drives can tolerate this drop

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