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Why Cant I Boot from My External Hard Drive?

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    win 8.1

    Why Cant I Boot from My External Hard Drive?


    How do I make Windows 8.1 boot from an external hard drive with linux on it? I already changed the boot menu priority in the BIOS (UEFI). But when I restart my laptop while my external HD is connected to the laptop, it doesnt boot from the external HD. Instead it boots directly to the Win 8.1 Desktop. Is there something additional I should do in the BIOS?

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Is it a UEFI BIOS with Secure Boot? If yes you likely have to turn secure boot off.
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