Solved Can't boot from Macrium reflect rescue media usb

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I created a usb rescue thumb drive for one of my pc's. I cannot boot into the One time boot menu with it. I have tried F12 but it just boots normally, F2 brings up the EUFI. I have checked the thumb drive and that works fine on my other pc. so I wonder if it is a, my Alienware Area 51M r2 or it's setup. or b, the thumb drive "built" incorrectly for my pc as when I compared the two there were different a couple of different files, but they are different pc's. thanks
 

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You might need to turn off secure boot in the bios.
 

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Is F12 the temporary boot key? Sometimes it can be F7 or F8.
Ensure that you’re rapidly clicking the F12 key as soon as you see then manufacturer’s logo. I’ve found that sometimes clicking once doesn’t work.
 

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Is F12 the temporary boot key? Sometimes it can be F7 or F8.
Ensure that you’re rapidly clicking the F12 key as soon as you see then manufacturer’s logo. I’ve found that sometimes clicking once doesn’t work.
Definitely F12 on Dell Alienware
 

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I've run into this a few times. Assuming that you are using the correct hotkey and that is not the problem, please try this:

Plug in the thumb drive you want to make into your recovery disk. Be aware that we are going to wipe the contents and you will need to recreate it.

Run diskpart.

Once you get the diskpart prompt, type in

list disk

Determine the disk number for your thumb drive. If not sure, run these commands:

select disk x <-- Replace "x" with a drive number for which you want more detail
detail disk

Hopefully that tells you which drive the thumb drive is. Continue with the commands below, using the drive number you determined in place of "x".

select disk x
clean
convert mbr
create partition primary
format fs=fat32 quick
assign
exit

Now, recreate your recovery media onto that thumb drive from Macrium Reflect.

The above accomplishes two things:

1) Makes sure that we have an MBR rather than GPT.
2) Makes sure thumb drive is formatted with FAT32.

Some computers can boot with a thumb drive that has a GPT and/or NTFS filesystem, but it will cause problems for others.

Let me know if that helps!
 

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Is F12 the temporary boot key? Sometimes it can be F7 or F8.
Ensure that you’re rapidly clicking the F12 key as soon as you see then manufacturer’s logo. I’ve found that sometimes clicking once doesn’t work.
Thanks, it turned out to be the F1 key then a little box appears in the bottom right corner that offers F2 EUFI and then F12 for boot. I didn't know it was F! first.
 

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I've run into this a few times. Assuming that you are using the correct hotkey and that is not the problem, please try this:

Plug in the thumb drive you want to make into your recovery disk. Be aware that we are going to wipe the contents and you will need to recreate it.

Run diskpart.

Once you get the diskpart prompt, type in

list disk

Determine the disk number for your thumb drive. If not sure, run these commands:

select disk x <-- Replace "x" with a drive number for which you want more detail
detail disk

Hopefully that tells you which drive the thumb drive is. Continue with the commands below, using the drive number you determined in place of "x".

select disk x
clean
convert mbr
create partition primary
format fs=fat32 quick
assign
exit

Now, recreate your recovery media onto that thumb drive from Macrium Reflect.

The above accomplishes two things:

1) Makes sure that we have an MBR rather than GPT.
2) Makes sure thumb drive is formatted with FAT32.

Some computers can boot with a thumb drive that has a GPT and/or NTFS filesystem, but it will cause problems for others.

Let me know if that helps!
All sorted thanks. The manual said it was the F12 key, it turns out it's the F1 key which took me to a small menu offering F2 EUFI and F12 Boot. last time a read a manual :) thanks for the advice
 

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Definitely F12 on Dell Alienware
Not so apparently it's F1 which gets you to a menu giving you the choice then of F2 EUFI or F12 Boot, different to what the manual says, still all sorted thanks. BTW it's F12 on my Dell Inspiron
 

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Not so apparently it's F1 which gets you to a menu giving you the choice then of F2 EUFI or F12 Boot, different to what the manual says, still all sorted thanks. BTW it's F12 on my Dell Inspiron
Weird, it's F12 on my M15
 

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Glad to hear all is sorted. :)
 

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You might need to turn off secure boot in the bios.
Not for a Macrium recovery usb. As it's boots using the standard Microsoft WinRE then it is booting from a trusted OS.
 

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Weird, it's F12 on my M15
It's F12 on my Dell Inspiron 3501 but the Area 51 is much more advanced. pity things are different in the manual. Thanks CornishRattler
 

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    10th Gen Core i9 10900K
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 2080 Super
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 2TB 970 Evo
    Samsung 2TB P981A
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
  • Operating System
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    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3501
    CPU
    11th Gen i-7 2.80 gb
    Memory
    16Gb
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    512Gb SSD
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
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