Joe from WI writes:
I just purchased a 50GB flash drive. I have Vista for an OS on a HP laptop. I always leave my thumb drive plugged in. After shutting down and doing a restart I cannot get the OS to fire up. All I get in the top left corner is a flashing dash. When I use the flash drive in my daughter’s laptop it works perfectly. Any ideas?
The answer is deceptively simple. Your computer is setup to be able to boot off external devices such as USB devices, and this is causing your computer to try to load an operating system from the USB flash drive. The way to fix this is to go into your computers BIOS and change the boot options to either not include USB devices or place them after the hard drive in the boot order.
How to access the bios will vary manufacturer to manufacturer, but usually when you first turn on the PC you will either hit F10, F2, Delete or F12 to access the BIOS configuration. Once in there, you want to change your boot order and make sure booting from USB devices is not selected or that it’s lower on the list than your hard drive.
Here is a helpful link to how to change the boot order on HP laptops:
Hope this helps, Joe!