I'm trying to get my computer to recognize my micro SD adapter as a removable disk. I've inserted it into my laptop and changed the BIOS settings to boot from "Removal Disks" or CD-ROM (I'm using an external CD-ROM) but nothing happens.

The contents of the micro SD adapter is a Ubuntu installer.

How can I boot from the micro SD adapter (or flash drives) successfully?

  • Which procedure did you use to make the microSD card bootable? Sep 7, 2011 at 3:48
  • IDK, is there a process to it?
    – user913233
    Sep 7, 2011 at 4:40
  • Yup. You can't just copy files off a CD and boot it.
    – surfasb
    Sep 7, 2011 at 4:55
  • hmmm i used a universal USB installer, you can search for it on the web... i used universal USB installer so that i can use the .iso file(the ubuntu installer) on the micro SD adapter, then thats it...
    – user913233
    Sep 7, 2011 at 4:58

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The answer is that YES it is possible but it depends on your motherboard and the adapter in use.

You will have more luck with a Compact-Flash or CFast since they use the IDE/SATA protocol directly. Actually you can buy a CF to IDE adapter which either lets you plug the CF inside the casing or with a reader-like slot fixed to an expansion slot. They are also apparently available as CF-to-SATA as well, although I did not try these.

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