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STORAGE DEVICES

How to Flash Your BIOS with Flash Drives
By: Barzan "Tony" Antal
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    2009-05-21

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  • How to Flash Your BIOS with Flash Drives
  • The Basics
  • Do It Yourself!
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    Floppy disks have definitely gone out of fashion. This makes sense given their low capacity. But computer users have become accustomed to flashing BIOS with floppy diskettes; moreover, lacking them, a dilemma arises. This article will be a brief guide to setting up and creating a bootable USB flash drive and hooking it up with the flashing utility and new BIOS files.

    In fact, this is the second segment of a four-part article series. In the first part we explained the foundations of USB flash drive booting. We saw different ways to do it that may appear through a great deal of motherboard variety of models and manufacturers. Ultimately, it can all be narrowed down to somehow picking and setting, as the first device, your USB thumb drive in the boot order. This may take a few tries.

    Therefore, this article presumes a sound knowledge of what the previous article covers. If you missed that article, please do take your time to search for it and read it. You can find it published here on Dev Hardware too; it’s titled Fundamentals of Flash Drive Booting.

    Even though we do our best to make each article easily understandable,  straightforward and independent enough to stand alone, this article won’t get into the depths of BIOS settings related to booting up via an USB flash drive. We are going to begin with creating a bootable flash drive from scratch again, so if you want to continue working with the one you’ve already created, you can skip that part of this article.

    Once we have done that, then we’ll move on the real stuff—hooking up your USB flash drive with the BIOS flashing utility that is appropriate for your motherboard; that is, of course, if we don’t choose to take the universal flasher route.

    For a more detailed and in-depth overview of what BIOS is all about, why one should flash to a newer version, and the risks involved in doing so, please read Why and How to Flash Your BIOS. That article generated a great deal of activity, positive feedback, and most importantly requests to update the guide with an appendix in order to explain in a step-by-step manner how to do the task with USB flash drives.

    Well, right at the moment you are reading that article, aren’t you? So let’s begin!

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