Laptop or Motherboard Which Support Boot From Usb Device


If you are using your computer frequently, and always installing operating systems, and messing with the system files, you might have experience when your CD/DVD drive can not even read your media. It getting worse when you are using Laptop/Notebook PC. So how you want your PC back alive? Wasting $30/RM50 for a new DVD/CD drive?

Isn't it nicer if you can use your usb mass storage/pendrive/usb external hard disk to boot up your rescue disk/BartPE/WinPE/UltimateBootCD/HirenBootCD or even fresh install your PC with the speed of your USB external hard disk. Or maybe your favorites Linux Live Distros. Booting from a USB Storage can be a very good alternative and helping in most cases.

Here, I will list down all devices/laptops/notebooks/motherboards which support booting from USB based storage (External CD-ROM, External Hard Disk, etc.)

This list is based on my experience in using them and some examples. So. I will update the list.


  1. Acer Aspire 4715Z (Booting into BackTrack3 Linux from Kingston DataTraveler 1GB, BartPE from Hitachi Deskstar 80GB+USB 2.0 to IDE Bridge Controller)
  2. Hewlett-Packard (HP) Compaq NX9040 (BartPE and then Windows 7 setup from Hitachi Deskstar 80GB+USB 2.0 to IDE Bridge Controller)
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