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Is it posible to boot from an usb flash drive in this type of laptop?

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I take it there is no onboard optical drive on this model. Toshiba makes it a real pain to get your system back up and running. If it has an SD card reader you may be able to boot from that, or from a LAN connection.
If you are restoring from a disk image Use a second pc to write the image to the hard drive and then put the drive back into the toshiba. see my posting about toshiba m200 restore from image

Posted on Oct 11, 2010

  • jorginacho Oct 13, 2010

    Thank you joestenr for your answer. The thing is that a friend of mine has this model, but her optical drive doesn't work. We do no know why. Plus, someone has been messing with her laptop and changed her password. She wants to use an ophcrack live cd for her OS (its Windows Vista) but she has the program in a bootable usb. Her laptop has a SD card reader, and you say is possible to boot from it. What steps do we have to follow to try this method? Thanks again for your cooperation

  • rob j Oct 17, 2010

    i am near certain that you can boot from sd card on this model. essentially you would need an sd card big enough to hold your boot disk image (thats whats on the USB stick) if you set that up I would imagine that the process is pretty much the same (only your putting the image onto a different target drive. If you didn't set up the usb then basically you will need software that can either clone the disk or exctract the disk image and then another to write it to the new disk (sorry you can't just copy and paste)

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How to create a bootable Windows USB drive. A common use of a bootable USB flash drive is to use it to boot into Windows. Booting from removable media such as a USB drive allows you to perform diagnostics on a computer that is having trouble booting from the hard drive. You can also use the flash drive to install Windows, instead of using the Windows installation CD.
This guide will outline making a bootable USB flash drive with Windows XP, Vista, or 7. Before we begin, it is important to note that the computer you want to use your bootable USB drive must be able to use a USB drive as a boot device. Most computers built since Windows Vista was released are capable of booting to a USB device. Prior to the Windows Vista time frame, it is hit or miss with motherboards.

To determine if a computer is capable of booting to a USB device, access the computer's BIOS and check the bootable device list. If a USB device is listed, set the USB drive to be the first boot device. If you do not see a USB device in the list of bootable devices, your BIOS is not capable of booting to a USB device.
Note: You may need to have your USB flash drive plugged in when you access the BIOS).

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users To make a bootable USB drive for Windows Vista or Windows 7, you need to have Windows Vista or 7 installed on your computer. It is recommended that you have a flash drive of at least 4 GB in size, to store all the necessary files.
Tip: Before you start, plug in the USB drive and backup any files you have stored on the USB drive. The drive will be formatted during this process and all files on it will be deleted.
Note: You need to have a Windows Vista or Windows 7 DVD for these instructions to be successful.
1. Open an elevated Windows command line window by clicking Start, typing in cmd in the search text field, then pressing CTRL + Shift + Enter on your keyboard (at the same time). You can also access this by navigating to Start, All Programs, Accessories, right-click with your mouse on the Command Prompt menu item and select Run as Administrator.
2. At the command prompt, type cd c:\windows\system32 to change the directory to the Windows system32 directory. Ensure your USB drive is plugged in, type DISKPART, then press Enter. Type LIST DISK and press Enter.

3. You will see a listing of the disk drives connected to your computer. Find the disk number of your USB drive and type SELECT DISK [USB disk #], where "[USB disk #]" is the disk # for your USB drive. It should now state that your USB drive is the selected disk. If you're not sure what disk is the USB disk, eject the USB drive, perform step number 2 again, connect the USB drive again, and compare the results. Usually the USB drive will be the last drive.
4. Type in the following commands, one by one, pressing Enter after each command.
CLEAN

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

SELECT PARTITION 1

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FORMAT FS=NTFS
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ASSIGN

EXIT
Keep the command prompt window open, but you can minimize it for a little bit.
5. You will now need your Windows Vista or 7 Installation DVD. Put the DVD in your computer's DVD drive. Open up My Computer and note which drive letter is assigned to your DVD Drive and your USB flash drive.
6. Go back to the command prompt window and type in D: CD BOOT (substitute your DVD drive letter for "D:", if necessary) and press Enter. Type CD BOOT again and press Enter. Lastly, type BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H: (substitute your USB flash drive letter for "H:", if necessary) and press Enter.
7. The last step is to copy the entire contents of the Windows DVD to your USB flash drive. To do this, in the My Computer window (opened in step 5 above), right-click on the DVD drive and select Open to view the contents of the DVD. Copy all the files and folders on the DVD to the USB flash drive.
Your USB flash drive is now set up to be a bootable USB drive for Windows Vista or 7.
How to or can boot from CD or DVD

Good luck.

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You have not specified your operating system. However I will explain how to do it with windows 7. First you have to create a bootable flash drive. Do it as follows
Format USB flash drive to NTFS format(For Win XP only. Vista users can directly format the USB drive to NTFS format) In your Windows, go to Control panel -> system -> hardware -> Device manager.
Under the disk drives section, right click on the USB storage drive and select Properties.
device-properties.pngGo to the Policies tab, select optimize for performance. Click OK.
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Download MBRWizard. Extract the zipped files to your desktop.
Open a command prompt (Start -> Program -> Accessories -> Command Prompt).

cd Desktop/MBRWiz2.0/
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Record the USB flash drive disk number
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mbrwiz /disk=X /active=1
For Windows Vista,
On the Start menu, navigate to the command prompt entry. Right-click and select Run as administrator.
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diskpart
list disk
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select disk X (X is the drive number of the USB flash drive)
List the current partition. Record the partition number.

list partition
Select the current partition and make it active.

select partition Y (Y is the partition number of the USB flash drive)
active
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Download and install WinRAR.
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cd Desktop/win-7 (Change the destination to the folder that you have extracted)
cd boot
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Reboot the computer. Remember to change the first boot device to your USB drive in the BIOS.
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Generally, you need a few things:

1. The PC has to support booting from a USB flash/pen/key drive. There may be anywhere from 1-3 items to change in the BIOS settings to make this possible assuming your BIOS supports it. Some BIOS's may refer to your flash drive as a USB floppy or USB zip. Of course there are exceptions.
2. The USB flash drive must support booting from it in general.
3. The flash drive must contain the boot/system files.
4. The flash drive must have bootsector area. This is done with special utilities.

Check out this comprehensive link to make a bootable USB / flash drive in your choice of several different Operating Systems.

I hope this helps and good luck. Please rate my reply. Thank you!

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Hi

Thank you for your query

Please try the following

1) Switch on PC
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3) Go to advanced options and then choose boot options
4) In boot options choose USB peripheral to be set as first boot device
5) Save and exit from the BIOS screen

As the PC restarts make sure the USB flash drive is plugged into the PC

I hope this has been useful

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