In the Technical
forum, TechRepublic member qpeabody
asked, “I’m looking to make a jump drive, thumb drive, or USB drive
bootable. More specifically, I’d like to make it network bootable. Can anyone
help me with this?”


Some confusion quickly developed after this question was
posted. Member haileyan responded,
“There is no way to make a USB device bootable. You may be able to find
DOS drivers to make the device work in DOS, but that would still require
booting to a floppy first. Until motherboard manufacturers start making
motherboards that recognize USB devices as bootable, you are out of luck.
Currently they do not.”

Actually, haileyan was right—as of a couple years ago many motherboards
did not support bootable USB drives. However, now most modern motherboards do
support bootable USB drives.

The bottom line is that if the BIOS on the motherboard
supports booting from one of its USB ports, then you can set up a bootable USB
drive, and several TechRepublic members posted links that show how to do it.
Here are three of the best links that were posted:


The text of discussion posts from TechRepublic members has
been slightly edited for spelling, punctuation, and clarity.