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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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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How do I mount the EFI partition on Windows 8.1 so that it is readable and writeable?

Here is what I do: restart machine with Windows 8.1 determine "EFI System" partition with the Disk Management utility run command prompt as administrator type diskpart type select disk 0 then select ...
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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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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 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 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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How to add Windows to grub?

The following is the list that I got when I executed the command sudo fdisk -l: Disk /dev/sdc: 120.0 Gb, 120034123776 bytes Id disk: 0x975e4baf /dev/sdc1 * 2048 206847 102400 17 ...
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What hardware device used to eat up 1.4GB of my 4GB RAM, and now suddenly after no hardware changes eats up 2.2GB?

This is more or less a continuation of What hardware device eats up 1.4GB of my 4GB RAM? While I have more or less accepted the solution there that for some mysterious reason, after a BIOS upgrade ...
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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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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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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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Do I need to re-install windows 8 to enable UEFI?

I know that UEFI provides for much faster boot up speeds, but as of right now it is disabled in my BIOS. Should I enable it and it'll switch over auto-magically?
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Windows 8 EFI boot issue

I've got a simular problem as described in How can I repair the Windows 8 EFI Bootloader?, but with some different details. When I tried to change the bootsequence of my harddisks (of which 1 SSD) in ...
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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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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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Lost Windows 7 boot after EasyBCD with EFI

I've got a Lenovo Y580 with a 64GB SSD and a 1TB HDD setup using GPT and setup to boot from (U?)EFI. I was trying to get my Linux Mint installation on the Windows boot manager using EasyBCD (I ...
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EFI Boot: Two independently bootable physical hard drives?

My computer has two physical hard drives. sdd internal hdd0 hdd internal hdd1 The BIOS (EFI) allows the boot either one. Since I never know when one hdd, especially the ssd, stops working, I ...
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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 8.1 upgrade blew out other OSes on GPT disks?

I was multibooting an EFI laptop. The laptop was using GPTs, was using SecureBoot, and it had Windows 8.0, Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian on it. I updated the laptop to Windows 8.1 through the free App ...
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Should I create an EFI Partition In The Debian Installer?

In the Debian Installer after you are done partitioning I was asked if I wanted to create an EFI partition. I do have Windows 7 already installed in EFI mode apparently (that was a mess up on my part) ...
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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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installing 32-bit windows: diskpart convert mbr error

I have an efi-based 64 bit system with win 8 pre-installed. I want to downgrade to 32-bit win 7 and so I booted up a bootable win 7 usb and opened command-prompt with shift+f10. I used convert mbr ...
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Use shim with UEFI Fedora 20

How do I use shim with Fedora 20? I have the KDE version, if you need to know that. Running kernel 3.11, with secure boot enabled. At boot, this message is shown: EFI: Problem loading in-kernel ...
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Boot of Windows 7 from GPT disk on non EFI motherboard [duplicate]

Looks like the answer is no but just to double check... Can I boot Windows 7 SP1 x64 from GPT disk (converted with Windows DISKPART) if my system built on BIOS (non EFI motherboard, ASUS P5WDH ...
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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 ...