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i'm trying to replace a failing hdd to ssd. i have a bootable usb and a wiped ssd. when in bios setup, there are no options to boot from usb. its an asus laptop.
i was hoping to do a clean install instead of trying to clone the old disk.

plan b would be to clone old hdd to ssd and install.


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What model Asus is it? There's bound to be a boot from USB option in there, somewhere.

Is there no optical drive? You could make a bootable disk and go from there.

Alternatively, does the original hard drive have a recovery partition? If so, you clone the hard drive, then boot into the OS. You should be able to do a factory restore.

There are a few reasons this might be not in any order

1. Some Bios have an option to enable/disable USB boot (check bios)
2. USB drive/port is broken/not actually bootable (test on another computer or port)
3. Bootable drive is Non-efi and you have legacy boot disabled in BIOS (check Bios settings and enable legacy or Csm boot.)

thanks for your thoughts everyone.
i had to disable secured boot and enable csm boot
now it sees the usb drive.

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