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Hey. I'm trying to install Linux from a flash drive. I recently updated my BIOS and now it won't even recognize my flash drive if it's formatted in FAT32. By won't recognize, I mean if I hit the Boot Select button while booting, it won't show up. Going through the BIOS and choosing USB Key to be the first boot option won't work either. It should be noted that my other 2 flash drives are recognized and are FAT32 so it's a flash drive specific issue. However, if I format the flash drive to exFAT or just completely wipe it(ie RAW), the BIOS will recognize it.

So question 1. Is it possible to fix my flash drive so I can use FAT32 or am I SOL? 2. If I'm SOL, is there any compatibility issues or anything I should be aware of with exFAT?

Also, I doubt it's relevant but might as well throw it out there, before I reformatted the flash drive to FAT32, it was a GPT drive using HFS+. But since it's been reformatted that shouldn't have anything to do with anything, right?
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Hey. I'm trying to install Linux from a flash drive. I recently updated my BIOS and now it won't even recognize my flash drive if it's formatted in FAT32. By won't recognize, I mean if I hit the Boot Select button while booting, it won't show up. Going through the BIOS and choosing USB Key to be the first boot option won't work either. It should be noted that my other 2 flash drives are recognized and are FAT32 so it's a flash drive specific issue. However, if I format the flash drive to exFAT or just completely wipe it(ie RAW), the BIOS will recognize it.

So question 1. Is it possible to fix my flash drive so I can use FAT32 or am I SOL? 2. If I'm SOL, is there any compatibility issues or anything I should be aware of with exFAT?

Also, I doubt it's relevant but might as well throw it out there, before I reformatted the flash drive to FAT32, it was a GPT drive using HFS+. But since it's been reformatted that shouldn't have anything to do with anything, right?


If you want to install linux on USB thumb drive why not try using the ubuntu installer for USB?
Also, gpt is volumes larger than 2TB and you need to use parted for this.
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I'm trying to install through the USB not onto it. I used the Universal USB Installer found on Pen Drive Linux. But I forgot to mention that it's not an issue with the USB content, but the file system. The USB works on other computers. It's a specific issue between the USB stick, the file system on that stick and the computer.

When I laid it out like that, it's clear to me that it's the BIOS update now. Unfortunately, the original BIOS for whatever reason can't be found on manufacturers website.

But this is all pointless if there's no issues with exFAT. Is there anything to be worried about with that file system? I'm at work now, otherwise I'd just try it myself.
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