EFI stands for Extensible Firmware Interface, and is an updated version of BIOS. It sits between firmware and the operating system in the software stack.

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Tools to modify UEFI Variables in Windows/Linux?

I have a DELL machine that use Phoenix SecureCore Tiano as its UEFI/BIOS However, it is totally not configurable as its UEFI shell & menus are hidden in BIOS Setup. I'm wondering if there were ...
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Removing the EFI partition from external HDD on OS X

After formatting an external hard drive with OS X's diskutil, the disk is automatically split into 2 partitions like so: Finished partitioning on disk1 /dev/disk1 #: TYPE ...
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Problems with Windows 7 + Windows Server 2008 R2 multibbot on EFI computer

We have a new computer, and I am a bit confused from its new features I don't know from older hardware. It is a high end PC based on socket 2011. I want to use an SSD disk for operating system, and I ...
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How do the 'EFI system partition' and UEFI *.efi files relate?

I read that there needs to be an EFI system partition. The EFI System partition is a partition on a data storage device that is used by machines that adhere to the Extensible Firmware ...
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How to know if the BIOS in my Macbook Pro is running in EFI mode or BIOS emulation mode when in Linux

I totally replaced OSX with Linux. In Ubuntu 10.10, how can I tell which mode the BIOS is running in? Is it better to have it running in EFI mode?
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2.1TB limit on BIOS?

While checking out this 3TB 7200RPM drive as a candidate for my hardware RAID array, I saw the product video and at about 1:40 into the video, the guy says that BIOS can't handle more than 2.1TB of ...
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What are the .efires files on OS X Lion's Recovery HD?

If you mount the Recovery HD that enables OS X Lion File Vault 2, Safari mode, and certain recovery options, you see several .efires files. What format are those and what do they contain?
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Are 2011 Apple Macs EFI-ready for Boot Camp?

I would like to know if the most recent Apple Macs have the EFI firmware up to date to boot Windows through Boot Camp.
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USB mouse/keyboard not working in Windows 7 Setup DVD?

I've just updated my ASUS Sabertooth P67 BIOS from version 1305 to 1850 and I'm trying to reinstall Windows 7 (x64) but when I boot to the DVD, my USB keyboard and mouse don't work. They work fine in ...
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How to fix EFI-boot on my Macbook Pro after Ubuntu install?

The MacBook does not boot. The screen stays blank (black) – not the grey, active screen like normal. To power off, I hold the power button down. After 5 boot attempts the MacBook finally shows the ...
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What can an end user do with efi or uefi?

Other than greater support for hardware, what advantage or use could an end user (read: NOT an expert) do with an EFI shell or EFI BIOS? I've seen the shell once on my MacBook Pro, but it seemed ...
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Windows 7 + Ubuntu dual boot + UEFI BIOS

I received a new Lenovo T420 laptop with Windows 7. The disk now contains: a hidden SYSTEM_DRV boot partition (1.17GB, 400MB used). I'm guessing this is the UEFI partition; the laptop comes with ...
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Windows 7 + Ubuntu dual boot + conversion to GPT

I have received a new Lenovo T420 laptop with Windows 7. The disk now contains: a hidden SYSTEM_DRV boot partition (1.17 gb, 400mb used). I'm guessing this is the EFI partition, the laptop comes ...
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Does Mac OS X Lion / 10.7 support UEFI 2.0?

I've been hoping for a while that Mac would move to UEFI 2.0 from the older EFI 1.x spec (for many reasons, such as an ability to boot Windows natively on UEFI without running it under bios emulation, ...
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What is the maximum number of partitions with EFI?

I was wondering what is the maximum number of partition on an GPT-partitionned drive under Linux. The GPT partition table can contain up to 128 partitions, but the device nodes for /dev/sda? (as ...
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How to know if my BIOS supports UEFI?

I recently bought a new Dell notebook for my girlfriend and I want to know if the computer comes with a UEFI BIOS, unfortunately I didnt find any information in the manual or on Windows, is there some ...
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Update MAC EFI to EFI 2.x

I've been doing a lot of research about installing Windows on Mac - without having a MBR and such. I'm trying to create a pure GPT/EFI system without MBR. Currently, Mac Bootcamp creates a hybrid ...
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efi and linux - bootloaders, and any performance advantage?

Modern systems seem to be EFI based, and while there's a specific version of lilo that works with it, i can't seem to find any mention of a efi varient of grub (edit - on modern debian derivative ...
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iMac boot from linux partition on external drive

I have the following "setup:" iMac (no internal drive/dead) --------- (Firewire) ------- [[MAC OS X]] | | | | (USB) | | | | [[MISC STORAGE PARTITION] [MISC STORAGE PARTITION] [EXT2 UBUNTU PARTITION]] ...
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Is there a list of available boot-args for darwin / OS X

In OS X you can set boot parameters with nvram boot-args=[options] Where the options I know about -v (verbose) -x (safe mode) and arch=x86_64 (boot into 64 bit kernel on 64 bit capable machines). ...
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HP ProBook custom boot logo

my HP ProBook 5420s supports custom boot logo but I can't get it working. It has UEFI (not BIOS), custom boot logo option is on and I have placed a 1366x768 (native.. also tried 1024x768 as guide ...
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How do you boot into EFI settings on an x86-64 MacBook Pro from 2010?

I'd like to get to the EFI settings page on my MacBook Pro. I haven't been able to find the keyboard sequence required to boot into this mode...is this still an option on recent MacBook Pro's or do I ...
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How to use ATA security on a hard disk in practice?

My SSD HD supports ATA Security. Does Macbook EFI and linux support it? I know hdparm does. Who will do the unlock at each bootup? Can I still set a password without erasing the disk? Update: removed ...
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Can BIOS be eventually upgraded to EFI?

I have an Intel PM55 chipset in my notebook. Reportedly Windows 8 (aka Windows Next) will not support BIOS-based systems. Is my motherboard forward-compatible to house an EFI firmware?
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What should I look for in a Windows Home Server v2 (Vail) motherboard? [closed]

Suppose I plan to build a new WHS machine today, with the plan to install Vail on it whenever it releases. What should I look for? x64 CPU since Vail is 64-bit only UEFI for 3TB hard drives What ...
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How to force Mac to into dirty shutdown state on every power off?

As Far as I can tell no one has actually solved this debacle. How do you get a mac mini to power on every time the UPS it is connected to restores power? It is easy enough to have the UPS communicate ...
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On dual-boot iMac, after fixing “EFI Boot” issue, will booting Windows cause the same issue again?

On my dual-boot iMac, after fixing the well-known "EFI Boot" issue, will booting Windows cause the same issue again? I'm hesitant to try booting Windows until I hear from others. Details: It all ...
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EFI pxe network boot error [closed]

Asking this on both serverfault and superuser. When attempting to network boot RHEL 5.4 on an old ia64 machine I get the following error : So I've basically followed the tutorial here : ...
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Bootcamp doesn't boot after resize

I just resized my Windows 7 NTFS partition on my macbook using GParted. Now, when I hold down the option key at startup, this partition doesn't show up. My OS X partition shows up normally. So I can't ...
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Free, scriptable, partition manager for Windows

Are there any free scriptable partition managers for windows that can create an EFI partition? (Identifier 0xEF) EDIT: It needs to run on Windows XP (BartPE) EDIT 2: So it seems Intel has a 32-bit ...
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Unable to boot into Windows partitions on early-2008 MacBook Pro using Crucial M225 128gb SSD

I purchased a Crucial CT128M225 SSD on October 19th for my early-2008 17" MacBook Pro this week (Boot ROM: MBP41.00C1.B03). I'm currently running OSX 10.6.1. The Apple EFI 1.7 Firmware Updater says ...
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Can I delete the 'EFI System Partition' without harming other data on the drive?

I have three external HDDs in a USB enclosure. After a recent upgrade to Windows 7, during which these three drives were actually installed inside the PC tower, two of the three drives now have a ...
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How do I remove an EFI System partition from a drive in Windows 7?

I have an external HD which used to be my TimeMachine drive. I got a different drive for that, so I want the original drive back as an external on my Windows box, but it has this random 200 MB ...
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Snow Leopard 64 bits mode (EFI64 Firmware)

How do I get the EFI64 firmware on my iMac 20" (late 2006) with Intel Core 2 Duo?
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Convert a GPT disk to MBR from XP

So I took some files with me on my external HDD while going on vacation. Through a series of events, I ended up storing the data in a NTFS formatted partition defined in a GUID Partition Table. The ...