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I have three machines here that will not boot up to the drive.  I have used: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dn481547.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396 as a reference.
One machine boots then hangs.  The other two dont even give me the option to see the USB drive.

Ideas?
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by:loftyworm
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Drivers.  When I am trying to do this stuff, it has always come back to the drivers.
If you would like more, I would need a lot more details.

my ¢2
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by:nobus
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post the systems you are using, and what usb port you use : usb 2 or 3
post also the usb stick type - is it usb 2 or 3

if you have an uefi system - you need to disable secure boot first
https://itsfoss.com/disable-uefi-secure-boot-in-windows-8/
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by:CHI-LTD
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okay first machine is a dell optiplex gx620 and the second was a dell optiplex gx 745
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by:CHI-LTD
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usb 2 (i believe)
Nothing regards UEFI.
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by:nobus
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plse answer the questions i ask for good feedback; i asked :
post the systems you are using, and what usb port you use : usb 2 or 3
 post also the usb stick type - is it usb 2 or 3

it looks to me that your usb drive is not made correct; to be sure - test it on ANOTHER system
if it still does not boot - you have an answer for 1 prroblem
the system that does not see your stick - you should enter the bios, and set it as first boot device in boot priority
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by:CHI-LTD
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machines are USB2 and the drive is USB2.
it boots fine on a newer machine dell optiplex 3040.
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by:loftyworm
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Have you flashed the BIOS?  Have you set the boot order?  For the one that is not seeing it at all, that there is something in the bios that needs to be turned on.
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by:loftyworm
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I did a little digging, does this BIOS match you own?

OnBoard Devices > USB Controller > (Select) On
Save and exit.
Press F12 on boot, and select USB device.
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by:nobus
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does the gx620 hang - or boot?
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by:CHI-LTD
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Running A11 of the bios.
USB all on.
Fro USB doesn't show USB drive, rear does.    But selected boot device not available...
Doesnt boot
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As does my GX745 Dell!!

The HPs i have are fine.
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by:nobus
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The Dell only has usb 2 ports
did you make stick for usb 2 or 3?
and did you check if it works on usb2 ?( another system)
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by:CHI-LTD
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Its an MDT media setup on this http://www.seagate.com/docs/pdf/datasheet/disc/ds_ext_desktop.pdf 
looking at thje specs of the 620 and 745 they are usb 2 also.
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Have you contacted dell?
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by:CHI-LTD
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No, im close to giving up on these
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probably the drive has not his own power, and the system cannot supply enough
usb 2 deleiversmax 5 V at 0.5 A = max 2.5 W

you can connect it to a powered usb hub - then it should work
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by:CHI-LTD
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looks that way.. :(
was told non powered usb2 & 3 would work!?
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by:nobus
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on a usb 3 port it would work yes
but Many - if not most usb 2 ports lack power for powering up a drive
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by:CHI-LTD
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well even the usb 3 drive isnt booting in the usb3 port...
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that is often so
it has to be supported in the bios as bootable
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