UEFI does not recognize USB Boot drive

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  1. sygnus21's Avatar
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       #11

    Scopes said:
    Only under the Novu menu two references are made to USB and Boot.
    Well if its a notebook the keyboard should be working without issue in the BIOS. And I'm not familiar with a "Novu menu". Are you talking BIOS?

    Anyway, outside of what I offered I'm pretty much out of suggestions
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  2. rvcjew's Avatar
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       #12

    Scopes said:
    Hi Berton, Sygnus. Thank you for the input. I have created the USB drive with the latest MCT on a 16GB flash drive. I have looked everywhere for my BL key...not in MS accounts. Was not so clever not to save it somewhere else as well. My problem now is the keyboard gets disabled as soon as the installation from the boot drive starts......when I power up the keyboard indicator lights up and stays on till the installation starts.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Oops! Don't know what happened here....sorry! MS= Microsoft account nothing there. Unfortunately this notebook does not have PS2 port. This BIOS (or UEFI?) does not have a Legacy BIOS feature ...perhaps its named something else? Its very basic. Only under the Novu menu two references are made to USB and Boot. According to Lenovo the Boot flash drive should appear under EFI Boot Devices sub menu where you can select it to start the installation.....but it is not there. When I select the EFI USB Device menu the installation starts immediately and the keyboard is disabled.
    You probably need to disable secure boot if its on or as said go to legacy boot. Here is all the ways you can get into your BIOS.
    sygnus21 said:
    Well if its a notebook the keyboard should be working without issue in the BIOS. And I'm not familiar with a "Novu menu". Are you talking BIOS?
    They mean this button (its got odd names): Where can I find the OneKey Recovery (Novo) button on ideapad laptops - Lenovo Support US


    EDIT: I can't read apparently they already tried all of this and can get into setup but don't seem to have USB drivers. Also at OP does this device run windows 10 or windows 10 S atm? you might be able to just reset the windows from the recovery menu. I assume you can't do this due to not unlocking the drive though. Also does the mouse work at setup you should be able to run though basic windows setup without the need of a keyboard just don't enter your key as MS already has that machine on file.
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  3. sygnus21's Avatar
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       #13

    rvcjew said:
    EDIT: I can't read apparently they already tried all of this and can get into setup but don't seem to have USB drivers. Also at OP does this device run windows 10 or windows 10 S atm? you might be able to just reset the windows from the recovery menu. I assume you can't do this due to not unlocking the drive though. Also does the mouse work at setup you should be able to run though basic windows setup without the need of a keyboard just don't enter your key as MS already has that machine on file.
    That OP is also saying they lost their BitLocker key. "Assuming" the drive in question is the OS drive, than yes, they can't do what you suggest. The only way into the drive is to wipe (reformat) it. That of course will also wipe the contents of the drive.

    Anyway the OP seems to have a myriad of issues with that laptop, - The BIOS doesn't recognize the a USB drive, they lost their BitLocker key, and they're having Keyboard issues, so...
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  4. Megahertz's Avatar
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       #14

    To boot as UEFI the USB drive must be formatted as Fat32 (that MCT does).
    If you downloaded the iso file and then copy its content to a NTFS drive it wont work.

    Check, on any computer, if the drive is Fat32. Also check if the partition is active. Use Disk Manager (C:\Windows\System32\diskmgmt.msc)
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  5. Berton's Avatar
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       #15

    This BIOS (or UEFI?) does not have a Legacy BIOS feature
    Wrong term, what is needed is the Legacy USB setting to Enabled so as to recognize the bootable drive.
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  6. sygnus21's Avatar
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       #16

    Megahertz said:
    To boot as UEFI the USB drive must be formatted as Fat32 (that MCT does).
    The OP did use MCT...

    Scopes said:
    I have created the USB drive with the latest MCT on a 16GB flash drive.
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  7. Megahertz's Avatar
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       #17

    sygnus21 said:
    The OP did use MCT...
    I knew as I read the OP, thanks.
    As with MCT you can download a iso and as OP couldn't see the USB as a boot able EFI drive I just wanted to make sure the USB was formatted as Fat32.
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  8. sygnus21's Avatar
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       #18

    As I said the OP has too many issues going, not just the USB issue so...

    Anyway, they haven't reported back so who knows what's going on.
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