The Best Computer Tips and Tricks

How to Set BIOS to Boot from USB Flash drive

January 01, 2013 By: Jono Category: Installation tips

how to set bios to boot from usb drive

Previously I have written how to set the BIOS to boot from CD / DVD-ROM. Still in matters related to the boot priority, now I will explain how to set BIOS to boot from USB flash drive.

Some of us may not know how to set your PC / laptop first booting from a USB Flash drive. To be able to boot from a USB flash drive, you will need to set the boot priority.

Here are the steps on how to set BIOS to boot from USB

  1. Plug in flash drive to USB port.
  2. Turn on the computer or restart the computer first.
  3. When the computer starts, there is certain information press key to enter the BIOS. Press the button a few times to make sure the button is pressed. Here are some examples of messages stating that the key used to enter the BIOS, usually every BIOS is different:
    • Press DEL to enter BIOS setup (meaning press the Delete key to enter the BIOS, in most of the PC)
    • Press F2 for System Utilities (meaning press the F2 key to enter the BIOS, usually on a laptop / netbook)
    • In some PC / laptop, maybe with a different key, be sure to check out the initial message that appears.
  4. After entering the BIOS, set the boot priority.
    boot priority phoenix bios
    boot priority ami bios
  5. Find BOOT tab, if not there, look at the other menu in the BIOS that include information such as: Boot, Boot Priority, Boot Order, etc.
  6. If the USB flash drive is plugged in, the display should be as shown below,
    how to set boot phoenix bios For AMI BIOS, there’s only 1st Boot and 2nd Boot, so that USB flash drive will not immediately appear in the boot sequence.
    boot sequence ami bios
    first boot device ami bios Then find the USB in the other menu / sub-menu, if you have found a USB, put the USB to 1st Boot.
    move usb to first boot ami bios
  7. The next change USB is the first boot sequence (usually there is a caption, Boot Priority Order, Boot Device Priority or the like).
    usb first boot phoenix bios
    uasb first boot ami bios
  8. After all finished, open the Exit menu and choose “Save Changes and Exit” or “Exit Saving Changes”.
    save changes and exit ami bios
  9. The setting will be saved and the computer will restart automatically, then when the computer first boots will read USB flash drives in the PC / Laptop you.
  10. If you want to install Windows 7, please read my previous article about how to install Windows 7 step by step.

If the first boot USB Flash drive is no longer needed anymore, should boot priority settings restored to the default state, so that the system is not compromised.

Source: Pengaturan booting bios dari usb flashdisk (, lang:id)

Conclusions about how to set BIOS to boot from USB Flash Drive, in some BIOS boot settings varies, the key is that you must understand and know where the USB drive in the BIOS, to easily move it to the first boot priority sequence.

1 Comments to “How to Set BIOS to Boot from USB Flash drive”

  1. Gee wlilikers, that’s such a great post!


Leave a Reply