Has your MSI (Micro-Star International) laptop crashed and won’t turn on? You can try an MSI boot from a USB. Fortunately, we’ve prepared a thorough guide to running a bootable MSI USB drive.

With our guide, you’ll learn how to prepare an MSI USB boot from scratch. Moreover, we’ll cover the steps for booting from a USB drive. However, if your MSI device still doesn’t boot, we’ve prepared a few tips to help you. Our guide is your go-to source to perform an MSI laptop boot from a USB drive.

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Note: We recommend you to try MSI Burnrecovery when you face other frustrating PC scenarios, like system issues and malfunctions in your MSI computer.
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    1. Get a USB Flash Drive
    2. Create a Bootable Drive
    3. Insert the Drive Into Your Device
    1. Access the Boot Menu
    2. Select USB Booting
    3. Set Up the MSI for Booting From a USB
    4. MSI Laptop Boot From a USB
    5. Adjust Boot Priority in MSI BIOS

Preparing for an MSI USB Boot

If your MSI laptop crashes, you can try booting it from a USB drive. However, you must create a bootable USB flash drive to boot your MSI computer. Preparing for a USB boot is an easy and necessary process. To complete all the MSI USB boot preparations, follow the steps below.

Get a USB Flash Drive

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First things first, you’ll need a USB flash drive. Ensure your USB flash drive is empty and back up any data from it, as you’ll erase everything while creating a bootable USB.

Most importantly, find a USB flash drive with a minimum of 4–8 GB of space. Depending on your operating system, you might need more. So, ensure your USB drive has 4–8 GB or more to prepare it for booting successfully.

Create a Bootable Drive

The best tool to create a bootable USB drive is Command Prompt. It works perfectly on all Windows versions and is relatively easy. This command-line utility will help you make your USB bootable, but it can take some time. Therefore, be patient and follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start menu and search for cmd.
  2. Click Run as administrator.
    create a bootable msi usb drive in command prompt
  3. Connect the USB flash drive you want to make bootable to your computer.
  4. Type the diskpart command in Command Prompt and press Enter.
    run the diskpart command to create a bootable msi usb drive
  5. Type the list disk command and press Enter. This command will show you the list of all the storage devices connected to your computer.
    the list disk command to create a bootable msi usb drive
  6. You’ll see the available disks as Disk 0, Disk 1, etc. Find the USB drive you want to make bootable, enter the select disk X command (replace X with the number next to your USB flash drive from the list), and press Enter.
    the select disk x command to create a bootable msi usb drive
  7. Format the flash drive to make it bootable. Use the clean command and press Enter.
    the clean command to create a bootable msi usb drive
  8. To make your USB drive bootable, type the create partition primary command and press Enter.
    the create partition primary command to create a bootable msi usb drive
  9. Select your primary volume by entering the select partition 1 command and pressing Enter.
    the select partition 1 command to create a bootable msi usb drive
  10. If your computer uses Legacy BIOS, enter the format=fs ntfs quick command and press Enter. If it uses UEFI BIOS, enter the format=fs fat32 quick command and press Enter. That will format your USB flash drive.
    the format command to create a bootable msi usb drive
  11. Once you format the volume, enter the active command and press Enter to activate the bootable partition. You can close the Command Prompt now.
    the active command to create a bootable msi usb drive
  12. Copy the data from the Windows OS installation disk to your bootable USB drive, and you’re done.

Insert the Drive Into Your Device

Now that you’ve made your USB flash drive bootable, it’s time to use it to boot your MSI laptop. Thus, get your crashed MSI device and insert your bootable USB drive into it. To start booting your MSI from a USB drive, follow the steps from the following section.

How to Boot From a USB in MSI

Once you insert your bootable USB drive into your MSI laptop, you need to boot it. Booting your MSI laptop from a USB drive has five stages. We’ve prepared detailed step-by-step guides for each. Once you complete the steps, you’ll have successfully booted your MSI.

Access the Boot Menu

To access the boot menu, follow these steps:

  1. Turn your laptop on and wait for the MSI logo to appear.
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  2. Once you see the logo, repeatedly press the F11 key to open the Boot menu.
  3. Once the Boot menu opens, find your bootable USB flash drive.

Select USB Booting

Follow these steps to choose the USB booting mode:

  1. Once you find your bootable USB drive in the Boot menu, highlight it.
    select the bootable msi usb drive in the boot menu
  2. Press Enter to start the booting process.

Set Up the MSI for Booting From a USB

Follow these steps to configure the MSI for USB booting:

  1. Restart your MSI laptop.
  2. Once the MSI logo appears, press the F11 key repeatedly to open the Boot menu.
  3. When you enter the Boot menu, select the USB boot mode option.
    setting the msi boot from a usb
  4. Press Enter to start booting from the USB drive.

MSI Laptop Boot From a USB

Now you can start your MSI laptop boot from the USB by following these steps:

  1. Turn off your MSI laptop.
  2. Press and hold the Esc key.
  3. While holding the Esc key, press the Power button to start your MSI laptop.
  4. Don’t release the Esc key until the BIOS setup utility appears.
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  5. Select your bootable USB drive in the Boot tab.
  6. Press Enter to start booting the MSI system from the USB drive.

Adjust Boot Priority in MSI BIOS

Now that you’ve booted your MSI laptop from the USB drive, it’s time to select the boot device and adjust boot priority in MSI BIOS. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Turn on your MSI laptop.
  2. Press the Delete key repeatedly to open the BIOS settings menu.
  3. Select Settings from the menu.
  4. Choose the Boot option.
    set boot priority for an msi boot from a usb
  5. That will open the list of available options for boot priority. Set your desired boot priority for your MSI laptop.

What You Can Do if Your Device Doesn’t Boot

Have you tried booting your MSI device using a bootable USB drive, and it still won’t boot? Maybe there’s another underlying problem. First and foremost, check the cables. Test the wall outlet, power strip, and power supply switch, and ensure you’ve correctly plugged in all the other cables.

If the cables are fine and working, the next step is to check the POST and Beep codes. Even though you’ve ensured your computer is getting power, it may not be doing it correctly. POST codes are visual, and Beep codes are auditory signals that display the code or indicators of an error. To learn how to check and understand them, consult your motherboard documentation or search the manufacturer’s website.

Another thing you can try if your MSI computer won’t boot is to reset the CMOS battery. By resetting the battery, you’ll clear any BIOS settings that weren’t default and possibly allow your MSI to boot.

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Note: CMOS, which stands for complementary metal-oxide semiconductor, stores information such as the time, date, and hardware configuration of the system. The CMOS battery is responsible for keeping the CMOS and BIOS powered on even when the computer is unplugged.

Follow these steps to reset the CMOS battery:

  1. Locate the small coin-sized disk on your MSI motherboard. That’s the CMOS battery.
    check the cmos battery if the msi boot from a usb doesn’t work
  2. Unplug your MSI laptop’s power supply cord and remove the motherboard’s battery.
  3. Use a small screwdriver to take the CMOS battery out of its socket.
  4. Leave it out for about 30 seconds, then put it back into the socket and plug it back into your MSI laptop.
  5. Turn on the laptop again.

Lastly, if your MSI laptop still doesn’t boot, you can at least try to save the lost data. You can use data recovery software like Wondershare Recoverit to restore lost data from your crashed MSI laptop.

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Follow these steps to recover lost data using Wondershare Recoverit:

  1. Install and open Wondershare Recoverit on a working computer.
  2. Go to the System Crashed Computer section and click Start.
    crashed computer data recovery after a failed msi boot from a usb
  3. You’ll need a bootable USB drive. You can make a bootable USB in Wondershare Recoverit in just a few steps. Connect a blank USB drive to the computer with Wondershare Recoverit and click Create to start.
    selecting an msi usb drive to make it bootable
  4. That will initiate the process of creating a bootable drive, so wait for it to finish.
    creating a bootable msi usb drive
  5. Once it completes, you’ve made your USB drive bootable. Connect your bootable USB flash drive to your crashed computer.
    connect the bootable msi usb drive to a crashed msi
  6. Set the BIOS to boot from the USB drive.
  7. Your crashed computer will become bootable again. Select one of the two options: Hard Disk Copy or Data Recovery. Pick whichever option you want and follow the on-screen prompts to finish.

Conclusion

If your MSI laptop won’t start, you can try booting it from a USB flash drive. Fortunately, you can boot your MSI laptop from a USB flash drive by following our detailed guide.

If your laptop won’t boot, test its cables, check POST and Beep codes, or reset the CMOS battery. If it still doesn’t work, you can recover lost data from your crashed MSI laptop using Wondershare Recoverit.

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FAQ

  • How do I enter the Boot mode?
    Entering the Boot mode isn’t intuitive, and you might need some guidance. When the MSI logo appears upon turning your computer on, press F11 repeatedly to enter the Boot mode.
  • Can I use a bootable USB drive that contains data?
    You can use a USB with data to boot your MSI. However, you’ll need to format the flash drive, meaning you might lose all your data. Therefore, always back up your USB drive before using it as a bootable USB.
  • How can I restart the MSI laptop using the Power button?
    You can’t automatically restart your MSI laptop using the Power button. However, you can shut it down manually using the Power button and turn it back on by pressing it again.
Selena Lee
Selena Lee May 14, 24
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