USB Boot Manager Phoenix Award BIOS

USB Boot Manager; How to Access the Boot Menu on a Phoenix Award BIOS to select a USB flash drive as the first boot device. The following covers how to boot with USB. Booting your computer from a USB flash drive instead of the internal hard drive. Or boot with USB.

The system used for this demonstration featured an MSI K8N Neo4 (MS-7125) motherboard. At that time, this system was easily able to boot from any properly setup bootable USB or external hard drive I have thrown at it.

How to Set Boot Menu to Boot from USB

Accessing the Boot Menu or Boot Manager on a Phoenix or Award BIOS to set a computer to Boot with USB.

  1. First insert a bootable USB flash drive into your computer, and reboot.
  2. During the system post tap the F11 key (or the key your specific board manufacturer specifies) to get into Boot Menu.
    Note: The key used to access your Boot Menu may vary. Some commonly used BIOS Boot Menu keys are F2, F10, F11, and ESC
    Press F11 to enter Boot Menu
    You should now be presented with a boot screen.
    Boot Menu - Setting the Boot First Device
  3. Use the up/down arrow keys to select the Hard Disk option from the menu and press Enter to accept.
    You should now see a menu similar to the one shown below.
    USB Boot Manager - Make the bootable USB drive the first boot device
  4. Use the up/down arrow keys to select your Bootable USB from the list, and then press enter.
    Note: If your USB device is not listed, you may need to set a boot flag on it to mark the partition active, so it can be detected as bootable.
  5. If you have properly formatted, activated the partition and installed Linux to your USB device, you can reboot. If all went well, you should be presented with a boot screen containing your Live system.

USB Boot Manager - Linux Boot with USB
Boot with USB - Linux running from USB

You can now proceed to boot Linux from your USB flash drive.

This concludes how to access the Boot Menu from a Phoenix Award BIOS and set your System to Boot with USB. ;)