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Trying to boot in with Rufus, Can't Find Boot in USB Stick


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#1 F-1DeskLamp

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 07:56 PM

I'm dealing with older computers, and I'm trying to boot up into these things without their hard drives.  That is how they come to me.  So I'm trying to figure out a process here using a free OS solution.  

 

So I looked all over the startup menu on this Lenovo PC, and I can't see anywhere to choose which drive to boot up in.  

Any suggestions about this?  



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 08:17 PM

Some older computers cannot boot from a USB stick. Look in the computer BIOS and see if there is an option to boot from USB. 



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 08:21 PM

I don't see any options at all in the BIOS menu/s.  What can I do?  



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 08:27 PM

It seems like what I'm going to have to do is get a caddy of some kind, load a Linux on a hard drive, and boot from that because I bet I run into this problem again and again.  



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 08:40 PM

Any suggestions about this?  

Yes, post the model of the pc, or just look it up, find the manual, and look for directions on how to boot from external device "Boot Options" or "Recovery Options"  Shouldn't be all that hard unless it is UEFI, then I find it a little challenging sometimes.  Post the Model and you'll get some help if needed.


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 10:25 AM

Rufus will work mainly with newer computers, plus i never had any luck with it for making linux usb images.

For older machines the best thing to do to load linux is to use something like this to create a boot USB:

 

https://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

 

but yes some old machines dont support booting from USB, you may need to get some DVD's to burn.

If you dont have a DVD drive on some of these machines then forget it, a lot of linux distros no longer fit on CD's unless its a very minimal distro like puppy.


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 10:45 AM

Some Lenovo's are a little funky, look at THISLINK here in the linux section.  Not all are like this but may be the issue you are seeing.

 

Post Model please.


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 10:47 AM

Do the computers have CD drives?

With Linux Puppy you can boot from a CD, 'to' a USB.

The CD is only used for the initial parts of the boot process; most files would be on the USB.

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 11:02 AM

Some Lenovo's are a little funky, look at THISLINK here in the linux section.  Not all are like this but may be the issue you are seeing.

 

Post Model please.

 

Please forgive me.  I see several long codes inside the computer and some on the front in tiny block at the base, and I don't see a clear model number other than it's a Lenovo Thinkcentre.  I can get the model or whatever identifying number you need if I know where to look.  



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Posted 10 December 2017 - 11:16 AM

 You may be able to use THISLINK with some of those numbers.

 

Or THISONE for auto detect.

 

Otherwise I am not very familiar with Lenovo Thinkcenter


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