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How do I get the Toshiba Laptop to boot from a USB?

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  • todd_appleto Jul 28, 2009

    The laptop is a Toshiba Satelite L35-S2161

  • todd_appleto Jul 28, 2009

    We tried this but USB is not an option to boot from.

  • todd_appleto Jul 28, 2009

    The model number of this Toshiba Satelite is PSL33U-02401D

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Hi,
this should be supported in the BIOS that is the setup screen if you want it to happen, enter setup by del or f2 whatever your first screen says to enter setup and change the boot sequence to boot from the USB drive.

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  • bbansiwal Nov 19, 2011

    U tel about it toshiba satalite 2400 s-251 (balveer)

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I could give you a more specific reply if you left your laptop model number. But, if your laptop supports booting USB devices you will need to power down your laptop and connect your USB drive. Once you power on your laptop slowly tap the F12 key (as if you were entering the bios setup) until a menu pops up with boot options. It will be a simple text list that will show your hard drive, cdrom and your USB drive(If supported). If you do not see your USB drive in that list you can try booting off of the removable drive. If none of these options work then please post your model number and I can tell you for sure if USB booting is supported.

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    Brann Fenix Jul 28, 2009

    Yes, that laptop should should support USB booting just fine. You can go to the BIOS and change the boot order BUT remember to change it back or you may have problems booting your main hard drive in the future. The F12 menu just generates a one time boot menu that lets you select which device you want without changing any system settings. This is ideal if you only need to boot your USB device once or twice to perform an update or a repair. If you plan to boot your USB device every time then by all means go into the BIOS setup permanently change your boot order.






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    Brann Fenix Jul 28, 2009

    Make sure you have legacy USB support enable in your bios and try it again. If the option is not there and booting from removable device will not work either you might be out of luck. The info for that laptop model is a little limited, but it is possible that your model does not support this. I just worked with a Toshiba from a friend over the weekend that would not boot off of a USB drive either. Is there a reason you can not boot off of a CD? I understand a USB drive is easier, but sometimes on older machines it is CDs or worse... Be thankful booting off of a floppy is not your only choice :)

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