Can I use USB floppy drive to boot up my desktop ?

Hello,

Can I use external USB floppy drive to boot up my desktop ? just like normal internal floppy drive.
Do I need to check if my motherboard support it or not ?  If yes, how ?

Thanks.

Ray
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
Hello raymng =)

Yesp your motherboard should support booting with an external device if you want to boot from an external floppy... and to check this either check the motherboar'd manualy, check on its manufacturer's website or go into BIOS, check the Boot Order options, and look if External Device is listed among them,,,, if Yes then you can choose it as first boot device and then can boot with the external floppy.... and if its not listed there then it doesn't support booting with external devices! :)
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IanThCommented:
yes bios set boot order to usb and also boot other devices

If these option aren't available then you bios may need updating

by the way what motherboard is yours
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RaymondAuthor Commented:
I am using ASUS P4PE motherboard.

Thanks!
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IanThCommented:
well thats new enough to have usb booting so check the bios for boot order and make boot other enabled

Also make sure that your usb floppy is plugged into the motherboard usb ports not say a pci usb hub as these ports will be much better at this kind of thing
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wlennonVP of Domestic & Int'l OperationsCommented:
Yep it will, everyone is correct.  

The last three systems I built were with the ASUS P4P800SE Deluxe, ASUS P4C800-E, and an ASUS P5AD2-Premium (this one is the one I am using now) will all boot from a USB Floppy, as mentioned above, press the Delete Key on you Keyboard during P.O.S.T.

Right arrow over to Boot, then scroll down to Boot Devices/Boot order and make sure you have it set as the first in line.
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RaymondAuthor Commented:
I just checked the BIOS menu, in the "Other Boot Device" options, only "SCSI/Onboard ATA Boot Device" and "INT18 Device (Network)" are shown.  No USB related items is there ??

Do I need to plug in the USB floopy device in order to make the option appear in the menu ??
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wlennonVP of Domestic & Int'l OperationsCommented:
Yes, it needs to be plugged into the back of the PC, or any USB onboard plug, and powered up if it reuires power, which it most likely does not.  If software drivers came with it, make sure they are loaded.

You may have to configure it in the BIOS Drives area before you go to the boot order.

Let us know.

w
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RaymondAuthor Commented:
So do you mean that after the USB floppy is properly connected to the computer, "USB device" option will be shown in the "Other Boot Device" menu ?

> If software drivers came with it, make sure they are loaded.

I want to use the USB floppy to boot up the computer, how can I load the driver before the computer boot up ?
Actually I haven't bought the floppy drive yet, I want to make sure it can be used to bootup the computer first.

> You may have to configure it in the BIOS Drives area before you go to the boot order.

Not sure how to configure it, could you explain more ?

Thanks
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
ray read here about your motherbaord specifications >> http://www.asus.com/mb/socket478/p4pe/overview.htm
there is no mentioning that it can boot with a usb floppy..... and when you will click on the download drivers link, you will get page cannot be displayed.....!! i think we are stcuked.... =\
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RaymondAuthor Commented:
so.... what should I do ?

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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
what can we do.... we cannot force the motherboard to recognise an external USB floppy when it cannot.... we could think about the BIOS update.... but you can see that Asus links are dead...... what else,,,, either wait to see if Asus fixes its links so that we can look for the updated BIOS..... or.....
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
btw will you mind to tell that what are you trying to do for which you need to boot with this floppy drive ??
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RaymondAuthor Commented:
the internal floppy is dead, so I want to buy a external one which I can use it both on my laptop and desktop.
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
so that means you are just collecting the general information.... not any case of immergency or severe problem ?? :)
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RaymondAuthor Commented:
yes. The floppy drive is quite important to the computer, if I don't fix the problem now, it will have severe problem later.
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
I can guess..... but the matter is that what we can do at this time when motherboard cannot support an external floppy and we cannot manage to get any updated BIOS or drivers from Asus..... =\
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