How to Boot Computer from USB without BIOS Support

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I told a friend about Flow operating system that can be run from USB Drive. He was quite excited with that, and wanted to try out on his laptop. However, he found that BIOS of his laptop does not provides support for booting from USB Drive.

I was a bit surprised to hear that, and started searching for option to still boot from USB Drive without BIOS support. I came across this great freeware called Plop Boot Manager that lets you boot your computer from hard drive, CD/DVD, and USB Drive, even if your BIOS does not supports it.

Plop Boot Manager is quite easy to use. You can install it in your hard drive, or burn on a CD/DVD, or write image to a USB Stick ( you should not use USB drive for Plot Boot Manager if your computer does not supports booting from USB).

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After that, you will boot into  Plop Boot Manager from that device (CD/DVD, or hard drive). Once booted, Plop Boot Manager will present you with its own menu where you can select the device that you want to boot from.

So, even if your computer does not lets you boot from USB drive, Plop Boot Manager will let you do that.

Plop Boot Manager is a very easy to use, simple, and useful program. It has many other features as well:

  • Boot from USB without BIOS support
  • Boot from Floppy
  • Boot from CD/DVD without BIOS support
  • Can be installed on hard drive as well
  • Comes with both Graphic user interface, and text mode user interface
  • Access entire area of USB stick (up to 2TB), even if BIOS supports up to 128MB only.
  • Comes with built-in drivers for USB Drive.
  • Completely free.

If you have been waiting to try those fun operating systems like Ubuntu Netbook Remix because your BIOS does not supports USB Drive, Plop Boot Manager will let you do that.

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  • Rob

    i use this for SARDU on computers that wont boot from USB its AWESOME

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/ilovefreesw ilovefreesw

      @Rob: This indeed is awesome. I am glad someone came up with idea of it.

  • lewis

    confirmign taht is teh good tool
    keep up with teh good poastign!!

  • freesoftware observer

    Dear ilovefreesoftware.com,

    plop boot manager is freeware, not opensource

    source:
    http://forum.plop.at/index.php?topic=205.0
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_boot_loaders

    cheers,

    • http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/ Ishan

      That’s right; it is freeware. I didn’t mention anywhere that it is open source.

How to Boot Computer from USB without BIOS Support

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