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    glennpl
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    Default How to format USB drive to FAT32

    How do you format a USB flash drive to FAT32? I am updating my BIOS and need to format drive before copying BIOS to drive. Is this something I can do in disk management?

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    Default Re: How to format USB drive to FAT32

    Right click on your flash drive's icon on "My Computer" and select "Format"... there is an option there to choose FAT32 (it's a default anyway). A Quick Format should be fine.
    Last edited by badrobot; 09-01-2013 at 07:07 AM.

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    Default Re: How to format USB drive to FAT32

    Copying the BIOS? To a flash drive? Why?

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    The current Bios has changed the boot order without me doing anything to it and the option of booting from DVD is no longer there. I plan to install linux from dvd and dual boot windows 8. I went through ASUS technical support and they suggested using EZ flash utility to upgrade bios from flash drive. There is and ASUS update utility but when attempting to update driver I get a message saying Bios does not match ROM something of that sort I went online a few times and the Bios file that I am using as update seem to be correct its the same file technical support suggested.
    Last edited by glennpl; 09-02-2013 at 09:03 AM.

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    Default Re: How to format USB drive to FAT32

    You don't need to update the BIOS just to change the boot order. There is a drop down menu on BIOS to change the boot order to your liking anytime. But anyhow, updating the BIOS is also a good thing but this won't necessarily help in changing the boot order. I can't give you an exact steps how to change the boot order on the BIOS because BIOS configurations are not the same. You will have to look carefully and find out where to change it manually.

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    Default Re: How to format USB drive to FAT32

    The boot order option is a drag and drop function. My BIOS no longer give me options to change order. The options disappeared only windows UEFI option exist.

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    Default Re: How to format USB drive to FAT32

    Maybe a Master Reset on your bios would be in order.
    I've had to do that on my own PC several times, since I built it in 2005.

    Remove all input power from the PC. Pull the AC power plug and remove the cmos batery on a desktop, or on a laptop, remove the charger cord and take out the main battery and the CMOS battery, and leave them all out for about 30 minutes, so all those little electrons run out of the CMOS chip.

    If you have not replaced the cmos battery in three to four years, put in a NEW one while you have the system open.
    A weak or failing battery, can and usually WILL cause all sorts of weirdness.

    Then restore all power and go immediately into the BIOS and set the time and date and then select "Factory Defaults" or whatever such option is available. Reboot!

    Then and only then, can you actually go into the bios to set things like boot order.

    Flashing the bios can be so iffy, that I'd never do it unless absolutely necessary.
    I had to buy a customer a new motherboard once, because I tried flashing the bios and the operation failed, due to a bad floppy disk, that had the new bios on it.

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    Default Re: How to format USB drive to FAT32

    What are you trying to accomplish here? Are you trying to upgrade or downgrade an OS or something? You may have to enable "Legacy Support" (which will deactivate UEFI) to be able to boot from USB or CD/DVD.
    Last edited by badrobot; 09-02-2013 at 11:04 AM.

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    I plan to install fedora linux and dual boot windows 8. I want be installing linux mint so I am hoping my ASUS desktop want brick during installation process. This is why I need to boot from dvd but my current bios does not give option to boot from dvd. ASUS support suggested I use EZ flash utility to upgrade BIOS. EZ flash uses flash drive to read BIOS upgrade.

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    Remember what TM mentioned and I agree with him, don't install dual boot on the same hard drive as your main OS. It is doable but risky at the same time. You have 3 options if you want to use Linux... install and run it from a USB flash drive (portable OS), install it on a separate hard drive (not separate partition on the same drive as your main OS) or install it in VMWare or Virtual Box if you just want to play around with it.

    I am running Linux on USB flashdrive (NetRunner OS 13.06) and Linux Mint 15 and Win 8.1 on VMWare Player.

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