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    Can't boot Laptop from USB stick

    I recently acquired a new laptop, an ASUS X551CA. It came with Win8, which I upgraded to Win8.1, and then added some software, inc Office.
    I then wanted to backup to an Acronis image, as I do for my other PC's, by restarting using a USB stick and creating an image file.

    I've tried using shift + restart, selecting the start with other device option, and specifying the flash drive, which appears as an option. Nothing happens, I just get the usual restart of win8.1.

    I then accessed the BIOS, using F2 as in the manual, and altered the boot order to put the flash drive as option 1. Again Win 8.1 started instead.

    I am at a loss to know how to proceed, I suspect the BIOS type is set up in some way to force use of the windows boot manager, but I cannot see how to overcome this so as to boot from the flash drive.

    Can anyone help please?

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    See if there is a BIOS option to disable Secure Boot.

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    See if this works prior to disabling secure boot;
    Windows 8 start-up speed forces USB boot workaround
    The simplest way of accessing Windows 8's boot options menu is to hold down the shift key while clicking 'Restart'.
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    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

    Windows 8.1, 64 bit
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    Thanks Clint, but I already said I did that in my post.
    I did find a Secure Boot entry in the BIOS, which I disabled. No success, still booted straight into op system.

    I looked at the partition arrangement on the single hard drive present and I am amazed at the array of options available.

    Drive Partitions.png


    I can't imagine why there should be 3 recovery partitions, and what's an EFI System Partition?

    Any advice would be welcome.

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    The partitions displayed are normal, one recovery partition I suspect is for your laptop, the manufacturer created that to restore factory.
    The others are for the Windows 8 recovery and EFI BIOS.

    How to Turn "Fast Startup" On or Off for a Hybrid Boot in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Try the above link to get your boot options back.
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2014-03-24 at 00:02.
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

    Windows 8.1, 64 bit
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    GPU: Nvidia GTX 580*Memory: Corsair 12 GB, 4x3@1600*PSU: Corsair HX1000*Hard drives: REVO X2 160GB*OCZ VERT X3 120GB*5 mechanical storage drives (12 TB) total.

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    [correction]

    All those recovery partitions appear to be empty [??], you should try to confirm it by checking the properties.
    The 900 and 450 MB partitions I don't understand why they are there.

    Was this laptop acquired directly from a manufacturer, or through a personal/private 2nd party sale?
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

    Windows 8.1, 64 bit
    Motherboard: DX58SO2*Chipset: X58 Express/Intel ICH10*BIOS: SOX5820J.86A.0888.2012.0129.2203*Processor: Intel Core i7 CPU X 990
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 580*Memory: Corsair 12 GB, 4x3@1600*PSU: Corsair HX1000*Hard drives: REVO X2 160GB*OCZ VERT X3 120GB*5 mechanical storage drives (12 TB) total.

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    The laptop is brand new, a present for my daughter.
    I just applied all updates and upgraded to 8.1. Then I added MS Office and a couple of minor apps, and my intention was to make this the 'base' setup by using my Acronis USB stick to make an image. That's when my problems started.
    I also tried a bootable CD with Acronis on it, same problem.

    I don't think settings within windows, such as fast start have any influence on this, since even at BIOS level I'm having no joy.
    I'm tempted to change the HDD and try a fresh install, but I don't want to have to mess with it more than necessary.

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    Sounds maddeningly (VERY) familiar and pertinent to a Win 8 system I set up. For now (until/unless something major goes awry) I've altered the strategy for that system; complete system image from within Windows; then if needed, restore to a separate hard drive with another system and swap the drives.

    If I ever need to work further on the system I'm probably going to have to get into it enough to jump the CMOS, reset the motherboard and see if something straightens out and starts responding to the inputs without hosing the installation function as is.

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    As it's brand new, then why not take it back and ask for an explanation as to why there are so many partitions, or contact the computer vendor ?

    Changing anything out will void the warranty.

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    Alex,

    Why not try Macrium Reflect Free. You can see if it will generate a bootable USB key and if it doesn't no worries as it only cost you a little time. I have had no problem at all getting Macrium Reflect (pro version) to generate bootable USB keys and/or USB HDD for my Win 8.1 Pro Dell XPS 8700 w/secure boot! YMMV.
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    Cracked it. had to switch from ahci to ide in the bios and enable csm (whatever that is).

    I'll take Sudo15's advice and try and find out why I've got so many recovery partitions. First stop ASUS.

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