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Jul 23, 2013

In Advanced Startup there is the option to boot from a removable device.

It has an icon for a usb drive & a disk, which I assume means CD or DVD.

The question is, is this option the same as setting the boot order in the BIOS ?

I tried it just to test it & when restarting, the process hesitated like it was looking for a removable device. I had no device inserted.

Then my computer continued to boot like always. I was wondering if choosing this option would be a one time event or if it would change the boot order permanently ?

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