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I can't get my computer to recognize my external USB device. I just installed a new harddrive and I'm trying to boot from a Vista OS DVD that is in my external USB device

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The usb stick needs special configuration for you to be able to start up from it, please read a few how to boot from usb guides.

http://www.bootdisk.com/pendrive.htm

there you go.

I would highly recommend to install from DVD instead of a pen drive.

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When u power up the computer pressF2 or "del" key to enter in bios then set enable in USB 2.0 legacy then go to boot option and set first device as usb device .

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