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  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    My laptop won't boot from an SD card.
    If I had to guess that may be because of the ReadyBoost feature in Win7 and Win8.

    Some computers come with a CD/DVD burning program that has the feature to create the DVDs [-R or +R] but may not exist where there is no Optical drive, hence the need for an 8GB or 16GB USB Thumb/Flash drive.

    Haven't seen an SDHC card yet that was bootable but there may be such. Can't use an SD card as the size is maxed at 2GB and Win7 and Win8 need at least one DVD of 4.2GB and usually 2 to 4 such discs and may allow a DVD+R/DL disc. SDHC starts at 4GB.
    Nope. I use a 512MB SDcard (I used 256MB at 7 but it is not big enough as it is now 300MB). It is nothing to do with ready boost or CD's at all.
    I simply put USB-HDD top of my boot order at it boots. Then I can look for my recovery image etc. I also save my bitlocker and TPM just in case (as bitlocker doesn't like you changing the boot order).
    If I press the ESC key during the boot I get my quick boot menu. Bootable thumb drives, if plugged in, are listed as a boot option but my SD card isn't. The one I tried was a 16 Gb Sandisk Ultra.
    My card reader is built into my laptop. I 'll have to research it some more and have another go. I want to install Windows 8.1 from it.

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  2. #12


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    Might be a dumb question but can you set this to yes? I do when I want to boot from USB (saves changing BIOS).

    I have a horrible feeling though you said it was not a standard part of 8.1 Pro and you had to have done something or other. I do not have Enterprise by the way.
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Might be a dumb question but can you set this to yes? I do when I want to boot from USB (saves changing BIOS).

    I have a horrible feeling though you said it was not a standard part of 8.1 Pro and you had to have done something or other. I do not have Enterprise by the way.
    I've only ever seen that screen when creating a Windows To Go drive on Windows 8 Enterprise. Its so you can test it. Hitting ESC works better for me. Its a one time BIOS option. My laptop will boot from the device I select for that one boot up. On the next boot up, if I don't press any keys it goes back to the BIOS default, my SSD. Its just a temporary change so I don't have go back and change it a second time to go back to normal.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    If I had to guess that may be because of the ReadyBoost feature in Win7 and Win8.

    Some computers come with a CD/DVD burning program that has the feature to create the DVDs [-R or +R] but may not exist where there is no Optical drive, hence the need for an 8GB or 16GB USB Thumb/Flash drive.

    Haven't seen an SDHC card yet that was bootable but there may be such. Can't use an SD card as the size is maxed at 2GB and Win7 and Win8 need at least one DVD of 4.2GB and usually 2 to 4 such discs and may allow a DVD+R/DL disc. SDHC starts at 4GB.
    Nope. I use a 512MB SDcard (I used 256MB at 7 but it is not big enough as it is now 300MB). It is nothing to do with ready boost or CD's at all.
    I simply put USB-HDD top of my boot order at it boots. Then I can look for my recovery image etc. I also save my bitlocker and TPM just in case (as bitlocker doesn't like you changing the boot order).
    If I press the ESC key during the boot I get my quick boot menu. Bootable thumb drives, if plugged in, are listed as a boot option but my SD card isn't. The one I tried was a 16 Gb Sandisk Ultra.
    My card reader is built into my laptop. I 'll have to research it some more and have another go. I want to install Windows 8.1 from it.
    I just goggled this How to Create a Bootable Windows SD Card or Flash Drive it sounds like you would use Rufus or just manual create the bootable SDHC Card same as a USB thumb drive?
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post

    Nope. I use a 512MB SDcard (I used 256MB at 7 but it is not big enough as it is now 300MB). It is nothing to do with ready boost or CD's at all.
    I simply put USB-HDD top of my boot order at it boots. Then I can look for my recovery image etc. I also save my bitlocker and TPM just in case (as bitlocker doesn't like you changing the boot order).
    If I press the ESC key during the boot I get my quick boot menu. Bootable thumb drives, if plugged in, are listed as a boot option but my SD card isn't. The one I tried was a 16 Gb Sandisk Ultra.
    My card reader is built into my laptop. I 'll have to research it some more and have another go. I want to install Windows 8.1 from it.
    I just goggled this How to Create a Bootable Windows SD Card or Flash Drive it sounds like you would use Rufus or just manual create the bootable SDHC Card same as a USB thumb drive?
    Yes I used diskpart like I would a thumb drive. It just doesn't show up in my BIOS as a boot device. The BIOS has to support booting from the SD card reader for it to work. As neer as I can tell mine doesn't. If I go into the full BIOS menus the SD Card reader is not listed as a boot option like my DVD drive is or my USB ports. I may have to use some trickery to get it to work. I'll have to do some more research and have another try.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I've only ever seen that screen when creating a Windows To Go drive on Windows 8 Enterprise. Its so you can test it. Hitting ESC works better for me. Its a one time BIOS option. My laptop will boot from the device I select for that one boot up. On the next boot up, if I don't press any keys it goes back to the BIOS default, my SSD. Its just a temporary change so I don't have go back and change it a second time to go back to normal.
    I don't have Enterprise - I have 8.1 Pro. I get that screen by typing "Windows to go" on the start screen. Perhaps because I used one at some point (actually I'm certain it was not there before). Anyway - you know how to boot from a USB. I'm cheap - that is why I like a 512MB card - they are basically free.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I've only ever seen that screen when creating a Windows To Go drive on Windows 8 Enterprise. Its so you can test it. Hitting ESC works better for me. Its a one time BIOS option. My laptop will boot from the device I select for that one boot up. On the next boot up, if I don't press any keys it goes back to the BIOS default, my SSD. Its just a temporary change so I don't have go back and change it a second time to go back to normal.
    I don't have Enterprise - I have 8.1 Pro. I get that screen by typing "Windows to go" on the start screen. Perhaps because I used one at some point (actually I'm certain it was not there before). Anyway - you know how to boot from a USB. I'm cheap - that is why I like a 512MB card - they are basically free.
    I don't get it with a search. I haven't used my windows to go on this laptop yet. Windows 8.1 Pro with media center. Anyway, I think I'll let this thread go back on track at this point. Thanks for the comments and inputs.
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  8. #18


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    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    The OP was referring to a Recovery Drive that was made using a USB drive and wanted instead a CD/DVD Recovery Disk to be used at boot. I was also thinking of using a CD for recovery. Couldn't you make a bootable CD and then just copy the files from the USB Recovery Drive to the CD?
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post

    If I press the ESC key during the boot I get my quick boot menu. Bootable thumb drives, if plugged in, are listed as a boot option but my SD card isn't. The one I tried was a 16 Gb Sandisk Ultra.
    My card reader is built into my laptop. I 'll have to research it some more and have another go. I want to install Windows 8.1 from it.
    I just goggled this How to Create a Bootable Windows SD Card or Flash Drive it sounds like you would use Rufus or just manual create the bootable SDHC Card same as a USB thumb drive?
    Yes I used diskpart like I would a thumb drive. It just doesn't show up in my BIOS as a boot device. The BIOS has to support booting from the SD card reader for it to work. As neer as I can tell mine doesn't. If I go into the full BIOS menus the SD Card reader is not listed as a boot option like my DVD drive is or my USB ports. I may have to use some trickery to get it to work. I'll have to do some more research and have another try.
    Yes my G75 is the same we have windows drivers for it. but no support in the UEFI
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  10. #20


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    The recovery thumb drive I made for my laptop, using the "copy recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" option was 16 GB's. That's a lot of DVD's never mind CD's. If you don't check the option I mentioned you will be prompted for your install media if you try to do a Reset or Refresh. That recovery drive will be around 30 MB or so but won't be able to do much more than the basics.
    Making a bootable CD\DVD is a bit more involved than making a bootable thumb drive. I personally haven't done it for a long time so I won't comment on the ins and outs of it. IMHO its not worth the hassle when booting from a thumb drive is so much easier.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ronster View Post
    The OP was referring to a Recovery Drive that was made using a USB drive and wanted instead a CD/DVD Recovery Disk to be used at boot. I was also thinking of using a CD for recovery. Couldn't you make a bootable CD and then just copy the files from the USB Recovery Drive to the CD?
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