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Well I've read the manual for my motherboard and it had a lot to say about installing hardware, and just a bit at the end about BIOS and RAID. It did say that when it talks about BIOS it's referring to UEFI BIOS (is that the same as regular UEFI or is it a combination of the two?). Anyway, it mentioned the keys to press to get into the UEFI/BIOS, but nothing about a boot menu. It did mention a boot menu once, but it was referring to the one inside the UEFI settings, so it's really just talking about configuring which device to boot first (and it never gave me any options for external devices at all). Also, the manual makes no mention at all about either MBR or GPT, as far as I can tell.
HeresMyAccount: dtgreene, then it could be written with all 1 instead of 0, but either way, if it's quicker than erasing then it should just do it that way. I still don't see why it's quicker though. As for changing 1 to 0 but not being able to do the reverse... that's weird. I guess it explains why 1 is considered the erased state, but still, they have these things set up oddly.
What I'm saying is that you literally *can't* just write all 1's without erasing it, as you can only write 0's, not 1's.

If you want to write even *one* 1 into that area of memory, you need to do something like the folowing:
* Copy eve entire erase block somewhere (like in a RAM cache)
* Erase the entire erase block (hope there's no power outage right after this step)
* Restore from the copy, except don't put a 0 into that particular spot
Oh, you mean the only way to write a 1 anywhere is to erase? That's really weird!

Well, I got a late start today because I couldn't get the drives as early as I'd have liked, and then I still had to research a bunch of stuff, so I didn't want to get into installing really late in the day if I couldn't finish and had to leave stuff half-done, so I'll do it early tomorrow.
Post edited 5 hours ago by HeresMyAccount
Actually, I've been thinking about it, and I have two questions which might really clear up some stuff:

- How is grub configured when an installer ISO is burned onto a USB stick? I can always run the installer without any difficulty, so if I configure my installed OS to be exactly the same in that way, then theoretically it should run just fine, right?

- Is it or is it not possible to boot from a USB drive that does not have any kind of boot loader installed, or anything on it other than an OS?