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How to Upgrade BIOS Using USB Flash Drive?

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Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: USB Recovery • Proven solutions

Every PC user must be aware of the motherboard's main function i.e. basic input and output function known as BIOS. To keep a better performance of your PC system, BIOS may need to be up-to-date. When the manufacturer of your computer system releases a new update, you will have to update your system's BIOS manually.

When you upgrade your PC's BIOS, it will be able to recognize the new hardware components that you use on your system. If you update the processor, then you need to update the BIOS also to run the system. Without updating BIOS, you won't be able to run the PC system with an updated processor.

But is it good to update BIOS? And how do I update my BIOS?

In this article, you will learn the basic information of BIOS, and 3 effective steps to help you update your BIOS using USB. Let's get started.

Basic Knowledge of BIOS

What Is BIOS?

As is known, the heart of the Computer System is Motherboard, and BIOS is a small chip in the motherboard that helps you set up your computer system easily. BIOS is short for Basic Input/ Output System. This small-sized chip is responsible to handle the core functions of your computer system.

BIOS is also responsible for data flow between external devices and your computer system. Once you turn on the PC, BIOS will start its process to determine whether the connected devices are operating or not. This makes sure that the connected external devices function properly on your computer system. You can learn how to enter BIOS here.

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Why Do I Need to Upgrade It?

There are several reasons to keep the BIOS of your computer system up-to-date. Many PC users are not aware of the importance of keeping their system's BIOS up-to-date. To help you understand the importance of an upgraded BIOS, the list of its benefits is given below:

1. Latest Security Updates

Just like mobile devices, computer manufacturers also release new security updates that remove all types of bugs and errors from your computer system. To keep your PC up to date with new security updates, you need to update your BIOS.

2. Better Compatibility

To make the hardware component compatible with your system, a BIOS update is needed. When you update your PC's BIOS, it will be able to recognize the new hardware components that you use on your system.

If you update the processor, then you need to update the BIOS also to run the system. Without updating BIOS, you won't be able to run the PC system with an updated processor.

3. Increased Performance

Since all the bugs and potential errors from the motherboard removed with a new BIOS update, your system starts running smoothly. You will notice faster data transferring with smooth performance.If you use an older PC system, then visit the official website of the manufacturer to know more about the latest BIOS update. The same page will help you determine whether you need to upgrade BIOS or not.

If you are not aware of BIOS Upgrade, then the easiest way to upgrade your system's BIOS is using the USB Flash Drive. You can also use the built-in function to update your system's BIOS. Since you are not aware of the BIOS update and its procedure, we would recommend you to go with the USB Flash Drive method.

How to Upgrade BIOS Using USB Flash Drive?

As noted above, the BIOS updates are unique for each PC system. You can download the latest BIOS update of your computer system from their official website. This is the simplest method to get the latest update version of your PC's BIOS. You can get it for your Desktop, Laptop, and other hardware if you use it.

Before you start the BIOS update process, a few things are required to be done to complete the process smoothly.


  • A USB Flash Drive formatted with FAT32 File System
  • Internet Connection
  • PC System with Charger

Section 1: Format the USB Flash Drive to FAT32 File System

If your USB Flash Drive is not formatted with the FAT32 file system option, then you won't be able to update your BIOS using this method. To do so, the first thing you need to do is insert a USB drive into your PC system

  • Go to My Computer and locate the drive that you want to use for updating the BIOS. Right-click on the Disk and select the Properties option.
  • From this Window, locate the File System option and select the FAT32 option.
  • Click the Start button to start the formatting process. It will take a few seconds to complete.
  • Now, the next thing you need to do is create a BIOS Booting USB Flash Drive for your computer system. The following steps demonstrate how you can create a BIOS Booting Flash Drive.

Section 2: Create a BIOS Booting USB Flash Drive

Step 1: Go to the official website of your PC's manufacturer. Explore their website well (here take hp as an example) and locate the software and drivers option, click it out.

Step 2: The next page will ask you to select your Computer System. You can select the Desktop, Laptop, or any other device you are using from here. You need to identify your Computer system. Or you can quickly search for the suitable BIOS by entering the Serial number of your computer.

search for the suitable bios

Step 3: After that, you will be presented with a list of updates that are available for your laptop. Select the BIOS option, and click the Download button.

 select bios and download

Step 4: The downloading process of the new BIOS will begin itself. The setup file of the BIOS will be downloaded right on your computer's desktop.

Step 5: Double click on the downloaded Setup file. Follow the on-screen instructions. Select the folder to save the files of the new BIOS update.

install bios setup

Step 6: The useful files will be extracted to the selected folder.

Step 7: Go to folder HpFirmwareUpdRec64, and locate the main Application file. You need to find it by selecting the type of file.

Step 8: The next screen will show you two options from which you need to select the "Create Recovery USB Flash Drive"

create recovery usb flash drive

Step 9: Select the "Next" button to finish the process. The USB Flash Drive is now ready to update your system's BIOS.

Section 3: Update BIOS Using USB Flash Drive

Step 1: Turn off your Laptop.

Step 2: Press the Power button, while your PC is starting, press the Esc button to open the Boot Window.

Step 3: Press F10 or select Startup Menu from here. You can use the navigation keys and enter keys to navigate through the options.

navigate startup menu options for updating bios

Step 4: Select the Update System BIOS option from here and then select the update from the supported devices option.

update bios version

Step 5: The BIOS update process will begin itself. Soon, the BIOS of your system will be updated.

start bios update

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How to Recover Lost Data in Case the Upgrading Failed?

Some users complain about the data loss issue while upgrading their computer's BIOS using this method. In that case, you need to go for a professional recovery specialist who can help you recover your system's data. Wondershare Recoverit is the popular data recovery software that can help you recover your system's data faster. Let's see how this software works.

Download and Install the Wondershare Recoverit software on your computer. Wondershare Recoverit Software is available for both Windows and macOS.

Step 1 – Select the location

Select the drive that you want to recover from the Homepage. If you want to recover data from the USB drive, then select the External Devices option. And then select the Start button.

select the location on your windows

Step 2: Scan your system

The software will begin searching for the lost files. You can see the deleted files on the main screen. Select the files you want to recover from this drive and then click the Recover button.

scan your system on windows

Step 3: Preview and recover deleted data

The recovery process of the selected files will begin itself. Soon, the files will be recovered in the selected folder of your computer system.

scan the usb location

After the deep scan, you can check all recoverable screenshots. You can preview the specific recoverable files, select your data, and click the "Recover" button to get them back.

Note: You can select the output folder to store the recovered file as per your choice. Always take a backup of your important data and files. This is how you can get all of the lost files recovered from your computer system if the BIOS update process failed and you lost important files and documents from your system.

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This is how you can upgrade BIOS using USB Flash Drive. Everything you need to know about the BIOS in your system and its up-gradation process is given in this article. Follow each of the given steps to upgrade BIOS on your computer system.

If you found any issues during the up-gradation of the BIOS, then go for the solution provided above. If you accidentally deleted files during the upgrading process, Wondershare Recoverit is the best recovery software for you to recover them.

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