How to Boot Your Computer from a USB Flash Drive

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USB Boot Guide Step-By-Step Quick Start

1- Obtain, borrow, buy or make a bootable USB flash drive.
2- Power Off your computer completely. [Start]-->[Shutdown]
3- Insert CraftedFlash bootable USB Drive.
4- Power On your computer.
5- Press the Boot Menu Key, usually Esc or F12 when the display starts.
6- Select USB-HDD or “Patriot Memory”

Boot Menu Keys for: Acer Asus Dell Fujitsu HP Lenovo NEC Samsung Sony Toshiba
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So, it turns out this is really easy on most recent computers. The first four steps are self explanatory. Step five is just a matter of knowing the right key to press and when. Step six can be somewhat confusing because not every computer manufacturer uses the same terminology to describe the bootable USB flash drive or pen drive. Just search for your computer manufacturer and model below, then note the boot menu key(s) and any special instructions.

The tables below offer assistance with steps five and six. The "Boot Menu" column shows the known boot option keys for various computer manufacturers. When you are trying to get to the boot menu, reboot and press the first key as soon as the display flashes or is no longer blank. If that does not work, reboot again and press the key repeatedly immediately after you turn on the power. If that does not work, reboot again and press the next listed key immediately after the display becomes active. After you get to the boot menu, step five involves locating the bootable CraftedFlash USB device. Usually, this device is listed as "Patriot Memory", "USB" or sometimes "USB-HDD". Sometimes it will be listed on a sub-menu with the other hard drives.

Keep in mind that most computers will also allow you to change the boot "priority" so that the bootable USB stick is preferred over the local hard drive. The "BIOS/UEFI Key" column shows which key can be used to enter the BIOS/UEFI setup menus in order to change the boot device sequence.


USB Flash Drive Boot Reference List

Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Acer     Esc, F12, F9   Del, F2  
Acer netbook Aspire One zg5, zg8 F12   F2  
Acer netbook Aspire Timeline F12   F2  
Acer netbook Aspire v3, v5, v7 F12 The "F12 Boot Menu" must be enabled in BIOS. It is disabled by default. F2  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Apple   After 2006 Option      
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Asus desktop   F8   F9  
Asus laptop VivoBook f200ca, f202e, q200e, s200e, s400ca, s500ca, u38n, v500ca, v550ca, v551, x200ca, x202e, x550ca, z202e Esc   Delete  
Asus laptop N550JV, N750JV, N550LF, Rog g750jh, Rog g750jw, Rog g750jx Esc Disable "Fast Boot" and "Secure Boot Control" in order to boot from MBR formatted media. F2  
Asus laptop Zenbook Infinity ux301, Infinity ux301la, Prime ux31a, Prime ux32vd, R509C, Taichi 21, Touch u500vz, Transformer Book TX300 Esc Disable "Fast Boot" and "Secure Boot Control" in order to boot from MBR formatted media. F2  
Asus notebook k25f, k35e, k34u, k35u, k43u, k46cb, k52f, k53e, k55a, k60ij, k70ab, k72f, k73e, k73s, k84l, k93sm, k93sv, k95vb, k501, k601, R503C, x32a, x35u, x54c, x61g, x64c, x64v, x75a, x83v, x83vb, x90, x93sv, x95gl, x101ch, x102ba, x200ca, x202e, x301a, x401a, x401u, x501a, x502c, x750ja F8   DEL  
Asus netbook Eee PC 1015, 1025c Esc   F2 Boot Tab, Boot Device Priority, 1st Boot Device, Removable Device, F10
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Compaq   Presario Esc, F9   F10 BIOS "Advanced Tab", Boot Order
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Dell desktop Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude, Optiplex F12 Select "USB Flash Drive". F2  
Dell desktop Alienware Aurora, Inspiron One 20, Inspiron 23 Touch, Inspiron 620, 630, 650, 660s, Inspiron 3000, X51, XPS 8300, XPS 8500, XPS 8700, XPS 18 Touch, XPS 27 Touch F12 Select "USB Flash Drive". F2  
Dell desktop Inspiron One 2020, 2305, 2320, 2330 All-In-One F12 Select "USB Flash Drive". F2  
Dell laptop Inspiron 11 3000 series touch, 14z Ultrabook, 14 7000 series touch, 15z Ultrabook touch, 15 7000 series touch, 17 7000 series touch F12 Select "USB Storage Device" F2 Settings->General->Boot Sequence->"USB Storage Device", then up arrow, [Apply]--[Exit]
Dell laptop Inspiron 14R non-touch, 15 non-touch, 15R non-touch, 17 non-touch, 17R non-touch F12 Select "USB Storage Device" F2 Settings->General->Boot Sequence->"USB Storage Device", then up arrow, [Apply]--[Exit]
Dell laptop Latitude c400, c600, c640, d610, d620, d630, d830, e5520, e6320, e6400, e6410, e6420, e6430, e6500, e6520, 6430u Ultrabook, x300 F12 Select "USB Storage Device" from boot menu. F2  
Dell laptop Precision m3800, m4400, m4700, m4800, m6500, m6600, m6700, m6800 F12 Select "USB Storage Device" from boot menu. F2  
Dell laptop Alienware 14, Alienware 17, Alienware 18, XPS 11 2-in-1, XPS 12 2-in-1, XPS 13, XPS 14 Ultrabook, XPS 15 Touch, F12 Select "USB Storage Device" from boot menu. F2  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
eMachines     F12   Tab, Del  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Fujitsu     F12   F2  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
HP generic   Esc, F9   Esc, F10, F1  
HP desktop Pavilion Media Center a1477c Esc   F10 BIOS "Advanced" tab, Boot Order, Move "USB Device" before "Hard Drive"
HP desktop Pavilion 23 All In One Esc Select boot media from the menu. F10 UEFI/BIOS "Advanced" tab, Boot Order, Move "USB Device" before "Hard Drive". For non-UEFI media, disable secure boot and enable legacy support.
HP desktop Pavilion Elite e9000, e9120y, e9150t, e9220y, e9280t Esc, F9   F10  
HP desktop Pavilion g6 and g7 Esc   F10 UEFI/BIOS "Advanced" tab, Boot Order, Move "USB Device" before "Hard Drive"
HP desktop Pavilion HPE PC, h8-1287c Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP desktop Pavilion PC, p6 2317c Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP desktop Pavilion PC, p7 1297cb Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP desktop TouchSmart 520 PC Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP laptop 2000 Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu". Select "Patriot Memory" on the Boot Option Menu. Esc Then F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP notebook Pavilion g4 Esc   F10 BIOS "Advanced" tab, Boot Order, Move "USB Device" before "Hard Drive"
HP notebook ENVY x2, m4, m4-1015dx, m4-1115dx, sleekbook m6, m6-1105dx, m6-1205dx, m6-k015dx, m6-k025dx, touchsmart m7 Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc Then F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP notebook Envy, dv6 and dv7 PC, dv9700, Spectre 14, Spectre 13 Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc Then F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP notebook 2000 - 2a20nr, 2a53ca, 2b16nr, 2b89wm, 2c29wm, 2d29wm Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc Then F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP notebook Probook 4520s, 4525s, 4540s, 4545s, 5220m, 5310m, 5330m, 5660b, 5670b Esc   F10 BIOS "Advanced" tab, Boot Order, Move "USB Device" before "Hard Drive"
HP tower Pavilion a410n Esc   F1 BIOS "Boot" tab, Boot Device Priority, Hard Drive Boot Priority, Move "USB-HDD0" up to #1 position.
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Intel     F10      
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Lenovo desktop   F12, F8, F10   F1, F2  
Lenovo laptop   F12   F1, F2  
Lenovo laptop ThinkPad edge, e431, e531, e545, helix, l440, l540, s431, t440s, t540p, twist, w510, w520, w530, w540, x140, x220, x230, x240, X1 carbon F12   F1  
Lenovo laptop IdeaPad s300, u110, u310 Touch, u410, u510, y500, y510, yoga 11, yoga 13, z500 Novo button Small button on the side next to the power button. Novo button Small button on the side next to the power button.
Lenovo laptop IdeaPad P500 F12 or Fn + F11   F2  
Lenovo netbook IdeaPad S10-3 F12   F2  
Lenovo notebook g460, g470, g475, g480, g485 F12   F2  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
NEC     F5   F2  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Packard Bell     F8   F1, Del  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Samsung     F12, Esc      
Samsung netbook NC10 Esc   F2 Boot Tab, Select "Boot Device Priority", Press Return, Up/Down to Highlight, F6/F5 to change priority.
Samsung notebook np300e5c, np300e5e, np350v5c, np355v5c, np365e5c, np550p5c Esc   F2 Boot Tab, Select "Boot Device Priority", Press Return, Up/Down to Highlight, F6/F5 to change priority.
Samsung ultrabook Series 5 Ultra, Series 7 Chronos, Series 9 Ultrabook Esc Note that you must first disable fast boot in BIOS/UEFI to boot from a USB drive. F2 Boot Tab, Select "Boot Device Priority", Press Return, Up/Down to Highlight, F6/F5 to change priority.
Samsung ultrabook Ativ Book 2, 8, 9 F2 Note that you must first disable fast boot in BIOS/UEFI to boot from a USB drive or use the F2 boot menu. F10 Boot Tab, Select "Boot Device Priority", Press Return, Up/Down to Highlight, F6/F5 to change priority.
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Sharp         F2  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Sony   VAIO Duo, Pro, Flip, Tap, Fit assist button   assist button  
Sony   VAIO, PCG, VGN F11   F1, F2, F3  
Sony   VGN Esc, F10   F2 BIOS "BOOT" section, "External Device Boot" enabled
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Toshiba laptop Kira, Kirabook 13, Ultrabook F12   F2  
Toshiba laptop Qosmio g30, g35, g40, g50 F12   F2  
Toshiba laptop Qosmio x70, x75, x500, x505, x870, x875, x880 F12   F2  
Toshiba   Protege, Satellite, Tecra F12   F1, Esc  
Toshiba   Equium F12   F12  

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