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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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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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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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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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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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Change RAW partition to NTFS or recover files from RAW

I've resized my C:\ partition and now I can't boot. I tried to use CHKDSK but I get the error: CHKDSK does not support RAW disk. How can I restore it to NTFS or at least recover my files? Thanks for ...
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Why does Diskpart tell lies in WinPE?

I'm working on producing a scalable imaging process with Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry pro. The hardware is a small form-factor Jetway PC motherboard with a UEFI compatible BIOS. I boot the box using ...
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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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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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How do I create a Dell Utility Partition on new hard drive?

Installed new HD on Dell Vista PC with RAIDd 0 configuration. I cannot boot from the Dell Reinstallation Windows VISTA DVD. Getting message that there's no Dell Utility partition, which was wiped with ...
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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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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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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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Set bootable flag on USB from Windows

I wanted to install windows 7 on my laptop, so I used Microsoft 's tool to burn the iso but it seems it couldnt set the bootable flag for some reason. I can't retry the process atm, but I have the usb ...
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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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If I install Windows 7 in one partition, will it erase other data partition I have?

I have my OS on one partition and my data on another, on the same drive. If I install Windows 7 on the OS partition, will it erase the data partition? I'm guessing not, but this isn't something I ...
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Windows 7 fresh install won't boot without 2nd harddrive, missing boot partition?

I just tried to upgrade my wife's computer to an SSD for silence and speed. To do the install I physically added the new SSD to an empty SATA port and then used the Windows 7 install disk to put a ...
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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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Remove Grub from its own partition

Some time ago I installed Ubuntu alongside Win8.1 and didn't like it quite much but decided to leave it installed. Now I wanted to delete it and as I've already had problems before uninstalling ...
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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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Moving system partition and booting from it

I'm running a Linux Mint system on a former windows (Vista) hard drive. After a year or so of never booting the Windows, and getting space issues on the linux system partition, I decide to wipe the ...
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Removing Junk Software/Partition That Comes On USB Stick

Okay so I bought a EMTEC 8GB thumb drive today to load a LIVE bodhi(ubuntu) on in order to repair my system. Right now, I am currently booted on a debian live CD (Elive) I'm trying to install Bodhi ...
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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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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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Recovering/repairing partition map following Linux installation/removal

Through a variety of Linux installations (and reinstallations) this evening, I seem to have borked the drive in my MacBook Pro. Gparted at some stage reported drive errors and tried to "fix" them, ...
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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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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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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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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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Dual boot Windows 10 and Kali-Linux?

I have an ASUS K501L laptop, very decent rig with 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD. I want to install Kali Linux as a second OS to boot to WITHOUT deleting my Windows 10 OS that already comes installed with ...
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How can I start Windows on a different physical drive that has a copied partition?

I recently installed Windows 10, and I wanted to compare the time it takes to boot on an SSD and an HDD. For inexplicable reasons, I figured that if I copy my :C partition on my SSD and create a ...
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Dual booting AND data drive splitting

I think we all understand how to dual boot, splitting your SSD into 2 partitions, installing the OS's and etc,etc,etc but something not so clear is the data drive. In my situation I have a 500gb SSD,...
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Vista drive letters

'I have a 750gb hdd, split in 3 partitions, c (windows xp onboard), k, and m. I installed vista in m, and when in vista, the windows file (vista's) is called c, the xp's d, and the other one was e (...
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Does the fixmbr command repair the Master Boot Code only or it repairs the Master Partition Table, too?

I know there all kinds of programs out there that advertise fixing the MBR, especially Windows. The Master Boot Record consists of the Master Boot Code and the Master Partition Table, correct? But I ...
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Debian: how to setup (bootable) HDD & clone OS to this drive

I got a Debian machine with 2 HDD (20GB each) computer only has one HDD slot. The second drive I want to make a clone of the first one so I can use the drive in case the main one fails. How do I set ...
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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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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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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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Can't boot into windows 10

I can't boot into windows 10. The partitions on my ssd are: ESP Reserved Partition (I assume for windows 10) Windows 10 Windows 10 Recovery I can't select which Windows 10 OS to boot into. I ...
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Uninstalled Linux, still getting stuck on “grub” boot menu?

I installed then uninstalled Linux on a Windows 10 machine according to instructions at (http://www.howtogeek.com/141818/how-to-uninstall-a-linux-dual-boot-system-from-your-computer/). I removed the ...
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Dual Boot and Booting Issue

I NEED help desperately. Some time ago I dual booted my Satellite c55t-b5230 (windows 8.1 & Ubuntu 14.10). Everything worked awesome Grub menu was present for months until it disappeared. Due ...
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GRUB2 multi-boot with one boot partition

i'm trying to make a multi-boot disk (5 linux distros) with only one /boot partition. Problem is that the guy before me that made this disk didn't bother to create that separate boot partition, so i ...
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Gparted reduce C drive from unused space only

I have two questions (1). The C drive has 130 GB space, 64 GB used and 66 unused. So if I resize C drive to 100 GB, the 30 GB will be removed from 66 GB only right and not from 64 GB? (2). There are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...