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Two Linux, One /boot

Back in the day I used to tinker with the kernel a bit, so I got into the groove of creating a separate /boot partition to make it easy to fix when I invariably broke something. Right now, I'm in the ...
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Recycling the CD boot image for an USB drive

Is it possible to use a CD boot image (the bin file) as a bootsector for a partition of an UFD drive? Can I use dd for this task?
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Do I have to format a partition before deleting it?

I originally installed Windows 7 on my computer. I am planning to replace it with Fedora. Later, how would I uninstall Windows 7? I read many threads, and am actually still confused as to what's the ...
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Repartitioning Lenovo laptop HDD

I've recently purchased a Lenovo B570 laptop and decided that I'd like to repartition it. So I created a Windows disk image using the built in feature and booted the device using an Ubuntu live USB ...
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Ubuntu boot from HDD after USB installation

I have installed Ubuntu 12 from a USB drive and after the installation my laptop did not boot from the HDD anymore. Before the Ubuntu installation Win7 was installed. During the installation I choose ...
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Laptop won't boot; says “BOOTMGR is missing” after active partition was changed

I have a "Recovery" partition which I mistakenly thought was redundant after reinstalling everything to C:. "Recovery" was previously the "Active" partition. I set C: as the "Active" directory in disk ...
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Reading the 2nd partition of CHDK-enabled SD card in Windows

I have a canon camera from before 2011. I've made my 8GB card bootable in the camera by creating 2 partitions, boot partition of 2GB FAT16 and a FAT32 one with all the rest: photos, alternate firmware ...
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Did I kill windows boot manager? I can't boot after installing FreeBSD

I installed freebsd with dual-booting. I specified an empty partition for freebsd auto-configuring. After it was installed, windows boot manager disappeared. What's going on? Should I recover it, or ...
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Clone Linux installations between partitons, like managing VirtualBox images

I currently manage my development environment by having a virtual machine image in VirtualBox configured with all the basics configured ( PyCharm, build-essential, keyboard, etc... ) and then making a ...
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Dual boot modular partitioning

I want to install linux mint 14 alongside my already installed windows 7; there is an install alongside windows 7 option but I don't know how that will partition my drive and I don't think it will ...
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Best Live OS for Copying Entire Hard Drive [closed]

I was wondering what's the best live OS for copying a entire hard drive to another one, as in a bootable backup, I'm about to use gparted to copy partitions over bit by bit but I was wondering if ...
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Need to rebuild Boot sector and Partition table of a once Multiboot Disk manually converted to VMDK

I had a problem with an HD that was not in a Healthy State I was able to make a backup in time with Acronis Image Home. The backup was partial, the original Disk had 4 partition (3 primary, bootable ...
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Copy C Drive, will it start up? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Clone a Hard Disk Content to Another Hard Disk Bit-for-bit copy of hard drive in Windows? I was just wondering, if you simply using something like gparted to completely ...
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Stubborn system file will not budge from the end of drive, cannot shrink partition

I'm trying to shrink my Windows 7 partition on my 400GB HDD down to about 200GB to dual boot Ubuntu, and I have consolidated all my data and defragged a number of times with different programs (PD12, ...
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How do I create a Dell Utility Partition on new hard drive?

Installed new HD on Dell Vista PC with Raid 0 configuration. Cannot boot from Dell Reinstallation Windows VISTA DVD. Getting message that there's no Dell Utility partition, which was wiped with the ...
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Is a /boot partition always necessary?

Should I create a /boot partition every time I install a Linux distro? Is there a difference between having a /boot partition and making the / partition bootable?
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Windows 7 swaps boot partition and recovery partitions

My Windows 7 computer (Dell Inspiron) suddenly doesn't wanna boot anymore. After some investigation it looks like the boot partition (C:) and the recovery one (D:) have been swapped. Does someone ...
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EFI Partition vs /boot partition

I have just sat down to install debian 7, which contains something called 'EFI' which is entirely new to me. I went through the install as I usually do; 256MB /boot partition, bootable, unencrypted ...
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Can't boot after deleted System Reserved Partition

I only have Windows 7 installed. I accidentally deleted the System Reserved Partition and now I can no longer boot into Windows 7. The installation of Windows and all my files still exist in the ...
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Is there a way to read the contents of the master boot record?

Reading another question on here it made me curious if it's possible to actually read the contents of the mbr. As I understand it, there's a certain area at the very front of the partition that lists ...
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Is it a good practice to create a separated partition for a grub2 loader?

I want install Debian 6. I want have a grub2 as a boot loader. I read, that creating a separated primary /boot partition for the kernel (with read-only access) is a good practice. Is it also a good ...
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Computer not booting, black screen, no beeps

I bought a pre-owned computer on Ebay. It booted fine, had to reset due to it not detecting USB mouse, but it detected the USB keyboard. Booted fine again, then I tried to install Ubuntu Desktop, when ...
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Is it possible to install Windows 8 in only one partition?

I am trying to install Windows 8 on a blank drive. It asks for and creates a small partition of about 350 MiB named System Reserved instead of installing only in the partition I would like it to be. ...
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Create a Read-Only Partition on Flash Drive

I am currently trying to partition my flash drive so that it has three separate partitions: one is bootable, the other is a read-only partition containing a decryption software, and the third is an ...
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Extending the boot partition in Windows XP

How do I extend the boot partition in Windows XP? diskpart does not supporting extending boot partitions.
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Clonning boot partition to a separate drive with Clonezilla

I am having this problem i cannot solve and I hope ill find someone willing to aid me here- I have 2 hard drives. The 1st one (Source) has 2 partitions. !st partition has German windows xp installed ...
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Formatted “boot” partition by accident

I have Arch Linux and Windows 7 on the same HDD (actually, it's SSD). During re installation of Windows 7 I have, by accident, formatted my /boot partition for Arch Linux. It's only 200 MBs, but as ...
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how to partition a harddrive for optimal performance? [closed]

I have a 2TB hard drive and I have 4 partitions: 3 partitions of ~600GB each one (D,E,F) and 1 partition of ~200GB (C) The problem is that my Windows partition (on C drive) is located between my ...
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Macbook pro hard drive not recognized by any means after using chkdsk /r on bootcamp

Good afternoon everyone, Here is my headache: I have (had?) a macbook pro late 2011 wtih bootcamp running in Win 7, the bootcamp partition started to give problems (corrupted data I recon) so I ...
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Moving a bootable partition

I would like to extend a secondary bootable partition leftward (not possible). To do so, I'm considering taking the following steps: Booting from the primary partition Backing up the files from ...
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How to delete Lion's 200mb partition?

After I installed mac lion I have a 200mb partition in front of my main install. It's says it's a GPT (Protective Partition). I would really like to get rid of this. I hate having my disk ...
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OSX, Bootcamp, rEFIt, Win7, Win8 and MBRs, oh my

So, in my infinite wisdom, I decided to repartition one of the drives in my late-2011 15" Macbook Pro to install Windows 8. I have: 240GB SSD - Win7 and OSX boot/OS partitions, plus new FAT ...
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My computer can not boot after the partition

when i try to partition the C drive on my laptop using an application, and I managed to partition, then I restarted again, and this is where the problem arises, my laptop can not boot to get into ...
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Photoshop with Bitlocker

I found this entry (Photoshop's activation software overwrites fixed drive adresses) in the TrueCrypt documentation that scares me quite a bit. How does Bitlocker handle this issue? Similarly, how ...
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How do you masquerade a hard drive partition as a removable disk?

I am trying to install Chromium OS on my Windows computer as a secondary OS. I have already used Chrome OS on a live USB before by using Win32DiskImager which writes an image to a removable device. ...
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Who added a drive to my pc?

One day I noticed a new K drive in my computer (Windows7). if I try to delete the files in that drive it says that the file is in use. I scanned it with a few antivirus programs, it came back ok. I'...
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MBR: How does BIOS decide if a drive is bootable or not?

While trying to answer this question on askubuntu: How do I Uninstall GRUB I read the Wikipedia article on MBR and also the perfect answer on a somewhat related question here on Superuser, however, ...
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How to install linux to a disk partition and not affect windows boot and run Linux in VirtualBox

I've set up virtual box for being able to boot use the a partition I created on the hard drive. This isn't a virtual drive. Now before I install Linux Mint into this partition I want to configure it ...
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How to fix the boot sequence and/or restore a deleted partiotion

I have a computer with a 250GB HD on which there were installed a few operating systems. When the computer boots, I got the GRUB menu with all these Ubuntu installations (about 10 versions - I don't ...
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NTFS partition alteration or removal

My PC has one disk divided into 2 partitions. The second (which in Disk Management is referred to as 'Boot'and 'Logical') appears to contain the OS although there is a WINDOWS folder on the larger ...
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Will deleting partitions affect my hard drive in any way?

I installed a Suse partition of around 200 Gigabytes on my hard drive, primarily running Windows 7. I am sick of Suse's crap, and just want to get rid of the OS and get that partition back for Windows'...
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VirtualBox to HDD Partition

I have created a virtual machine in Virtual Box which boots up Windows XP. Is there any way to transfer this system to a HDD partition (NTFS)?
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the partition contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for installation ( Error while installing windows server 2008 R2)

I have installed Win 7 on C Drive of my computer . I formatted Drive D in Windows ( Right Click and Format ... ) and now when i try to install Win 2008 R2 on D Drive from Boot i get this error : ...
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How can I recover my accidentally-deleted Windows 7 boot partition?

I had Ubuntu and Windows 7 installed, but since I never used Ubuntu and it used 130GB of space I decided to delete it. I deleted two partitions and completely wiped the one with the data. The other ...
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Copy just the 64 byte partition table using dd

Given: ===MBR INFO=== MBR SECTOR NAME BYTES code area 440(max. 446) disk signature (optional) 4 Usually nulls; 0x0000 2 Table of primary partitions 64(Four 16-...
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Best way to create a system image restore partition? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Want to create a system image Best way to create and restore a Drive Image with Windows 7? What are some options for creating a partition containing a cloned copy of the ...
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No Access to C drive on Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

I'm on a computer whose user (Administrator account) says he changed network sharing settings for C:\ but made a mistake and after that, C: was no longer accessible. Windows generally starts, some ...
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Cloning C drive(windows 7) to another drive and boot from both?

I am trying to figure out a feasible way to clone my entire C drive to another drive and make both bootable. I have a 160GB HDD, on which I have created a 20GB primary partition and have installed ...
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Booting from a different partition.

I have a question. I run Windows7 on C:\ drive and it is the only operating system. I want to install Windows8 developer installation (iso image), and I have it saved in a new partition I created, ...
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ASUS UL30VT - starting recovery partition through console/command

Is there a chance to use or start the recovery setup through the cmd.exe? I booted with a windows 7 pro usb stick and entered the cmd. I can switch into c:\, which is the recovery partition. The ...