Master Boot Record (MBR) is a type of boot sector popularized by the IBM Personal Computer. It consists of a sequence of 512 bytes located at the first sector of a data storage device such as a hard disk.

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What's wrong with this GRUB setup?

I have two hard disks. The first one contains both Windows and Ubuntu installations, but the first MBR boots to Windows and the second MBR boots, in theory, to Ubuntu. This worked fine until recently. ...
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Unable to automatically select USB stick in BIOS for boot

This is a weird one: I would like to automatically boot my home server from USB (having recently installed ESXi on a USB drive), but the USB drive does not show up in the boot priority section of my ...
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Is it possible to restore a wiped MBR partition table on a machine that has not been rebooted?

While experimenting with how to fix this, I came across a suggestion to wipe the MBR, so I did. dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bsize=512 count=1 Whoops. No partition table. Yes, I have backups, but ...
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Why does UEFI BIOS only identify a 2TB drive on a 25TB virtual drive?

I configure a RAID6 using 16 2TB disks, and finally get a 25TB virtual drive as shown in LSI MegaRAID BIOS. And then I boot via a USB stick and try to install 64bit Ubuntu 14.04 on it. At the ...
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Windows ignores GPT disk and converts to MBR during installation

I have followed these steps to install windows 7 home premium x64 on a 3tb drive (asus z87-z motherboard): Windows Setup: Installing using the MBR (Master boot record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table) ...
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How to restore the Windows MBR

I have a Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965 with Windows 8.1 Pro and Ubuntu dual-boot, and I can't restore the Windows 8.1 bootloader with EasyBCD. When I use EasyBCD it always says "Missing Operating ...
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Can external HDD be larger than 2TB with MBR?

I want to expand my media player’s storage with a 4 TB external HDD. The media player does not support GPT, however, just MBR. I read that MBR only allows a maximum partition size of 2 TB. Are ...
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difference between installing grub in MBR and partition

The two command descriptions below are copied from a chroot description. I must say that I am confused by the distinction; it leads to several questions: What is the effective difference between the ...
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“Operating System Not Found”

I did a bad format of my pc, I think I erased the mbr too. Everytime I turn on pc it shows me the message "No Operative System Found" . I accessed to BIOS and changed booting option to read CD : If ...
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BIOS can't find hard drive - accidentally changed partition table

My hard drive recently crashed after I had to do hard reboot when my computer froze up. I think there was some I/O happening at the time so there are a couple of bad sectors and stuff. After ...
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Is it possible to have one MBR partition and one GPT partition on the same drive?

I would like to use one hard drive on an older computer that doesn't support UEFI, and have it boot from an MBR partition, while having another GPT partition which would be used to boot another ...
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Computer won't boot after uninstalling Ubuntu and reinstalling windows

Hello fellow Internet users, So I decided to install Ubuntu, formatting my hard drive to do so, after a few months I decided to go back to Windows, so I formatted my hard drive and reinstalled ...
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Windows installation disk MBR error

I need to install windows on a laptop which has no OS. When selecting the partition of Hard disk to install... Gives me such an error:"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has ...
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Safe to blank MBR of a disk after adding it to an RAID1 array with mdadm?

I created a RAID1 array of two disks, /dev/sda and /dev/sdb, using mdadm. After several booting problems related to the BIOS and SATA/RAID controller of the board, I accidently created some new ...
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Eset antivirus cannot clean the MBR infected virus W32.Sality

I'm using Eset Nod 32 antivirus, Windows 8.1 64 bit, today I meet w32.Sality virus from an USB drive, it look like the virus affected the MBR (Master boot record), all the antivirus I have detected ...
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First 0x7E00 bytes on USB flash drive have become invisible

I have somehow managed to make the first 0x7E00 bytes (63 sectors) of my USB flash drive invisible to every program in Windows XP. I have tried about 15 different disk editors and tried a lot of MBR ...
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Windows System partition in a HD different from where BIOS boots

This is a problem I solved some time ago with the bootmgr command without pain and without losing my BCDs, but the way it was working before intrigues me. I have a SSD disk and a normal SATA disk. I ...
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How do I boot into UEFI without going through Windows on my laptop?

So I installed Ubuntu on my Windows 8 laptop in a dual-boot configuration for some time, and tonight, I decided I would uninstall Ubuntu. Well, I've managed to lock myself out of Windows and I'm stuck ...
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Need help upgrading OSX to Mavericks: Fix GPT and MBR after installing rEFIt

A while ago I installed Ubuntu using rEFIt on a MacBook, 2.4GHz C2D, 4GB DDR3. Sorry, I don't know the exact model. Anyway, I continued to get errors when trying to upgrade to Mavericks. Eventually, ...
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Initializing external 1TB hard disk with MBR option

I have an 1TB WD my passport hard disk(HD). I connected that HD to my laptop this morning and it didn't show in My Computer. After trying for several times, I went to disk management, and as soon as ...
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Moving disk with 4kB sectors from enclosure to internal SATA controller makes MBR invalid

I recently bought a 750GB WD disk for a netbook and formatted it while connected via a USB adapter. Because the adapter would disconnect when it was trying to access the ext4 journal, I connected it ...
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Moving MBR on old HDD to new SSD

After running into some problems tonight (that I was able to fix), I discovered that during the Windows 8 installation, the MBR was placed on my HDD (running Windows 7) that was in the system at the ...
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Can I still use a GPT secondary hard drive if I converted it to MBR

I'm owner of an MSI GT60 laptop with preinstalled Windows 8. The W8 OS is installed on an 128GB SSD (C:) GPT format. There is a secondary 600GB DATA hard drive (D:) GPT format. My goal is to install ...
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I Initialized my HDD to MBR? Can I recover the data ? (Note.. I just intialized, nothing else.)

I had an HDD in my Laptop. I connected that HDD to some other laptop via USBtoSATA bridge and it dint show in My Computer. After trying for several times, I went to disk management, and as soon as it ...
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can't erase MBR of microsd card

I have a microsd that has been used in a windows phone 8.1 phone, I read here and there that I have to erase the MBR of the sd to use it with the pc and other devices. the card seems to work well in ...
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Why can't I install Windows 8 on an UEFI machine from an MBR based USB disk?

Just tried to install Windows 8.1 on an UEFI machine/GPT disk. I used a 2 TB MBR-based USB drive to contain the installer (FAT32 partition with Windows 8.1 install files). I got as far as selecting a ...
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Windows 7 not booting. grub bash shell appears

My Windows 7 x64 desktop PC stopped booting after I restarted it. This message appears: drive 0x80(LBA): C/H/S=1023/255/63, Sector Count/Size=16434495/512 Partition num: 0, active, Filesystem ...
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Uninstalling dual-boot Ubuntu with MBR on separate partition

I have both Win7 x64 Ultimate and Ubuntu installed in dual-boot on a single disk and now I want to uninstall Ubuntu and keep working with windows. Windows was the first OS that got installed and it ...
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Debian grub bootloader can't find windows 7

I have been using Windows 7 for quite a while on my machine in the following configuration. I have three hard drives, all different sizes, with Windows being installed on the largest. This is also the ...
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Recover 2.7TB partition converted from GPT to MBR

I have a 3TB disk which had a 128MB Microsoft basic data partition at the beginning, and the rest was a large ~2.7TB ntfs partition. I recently converted this disk from GPT to MBR, and the second ...
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How to partition hard drive from MBR to GPT for Windows 8.1 UEFI install

I just bought a new HP notebook (ProBook 450 G0) and it came preinstalled with Suse 11 Enterprise. Now this is the first time I've owned a system with an (U)EFI and I don't know how things work on ...
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Recovery: what to do when MBR is deleted (Mac)

A bit of background I have an old Macbook (early 2006, Core Duo) that was is in a pretty severe condition, since one of the two memory slots behaves abnormally when I lift the laptop just slightly ...
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How to boot into a Linux, non-primary partition if Windows bootloader is on the MBR

I have Windows 8.1 installed in legacy mode/BIOS mode (ie: Not UEFI at all). Windows 8.1 is installed in the primary partition (ie: first). I (intend to) have linux installed in a second partition on ...
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How do I get my system to find a “buried” MBR?

Following a botched Linux install, my Windows 7 install can't find my MBR normally. It's in there -- somewhere -- and I CAN access it if I use F12 during boot to access the mobo boot options: Note ...
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Installing Ubuntu 12.04 x64 in MBR

I wanted to install Ubuntu 12.04 side by side with Windows 8.1 in my SSD. Windows is already installed in MBR, even though I have a UEFI machine. And so I used the legacy Bios. I have confirmed that ...
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My disk at half size after formatting

I'm a long time linux user, I'm also a Windows user, after formatting my brand new USB dongle I get ~30Gb from the partition table available to create a new partition where the nominal capacity of the ...
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Is it possible to recover data after disk' gpt to mbr conversion?

I tried to install windows that requires mbr system to a gpt system. I converted gpt to mbr using diskpart utility. After it all my logical disks disappeared and only one (with total amount of space) ...
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How can one Windows 7 corrupt second one on different SSD?

Words of true desperation: Several days ago, my system SSD broke, so I send it for RMA. I was in last step of making my bachelor thesis, so I had to be up and running. I used my second, older 60GB ...
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Need help fixing MBR on 2K3/Vista multiboot Dell 620

Such a long story and pain in the butt... My customer has asked me to load 7 windows vista clients and 4 windows server 2K3 machines bare metal(because apparently VM's aren't good enough) on a Dell ...
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Creating an additional partition on MBR partitioned drive with data on it

I have an external 500GB HDD which already has data on it, there is currently one partition on the drive but I need to create a new one on this drive with at least 10GB of space. I've already used ...
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Move partitions on disk

In order to install btrfs on my computer, I need a 1mb+ space before the first partition. The First Partition is the boot partition which starts at sector 63, the second partition is the dell recovery ...
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System Repair unavailable after moving Windows partition

After discovering that my System Reserved partition was much smaller than Microsoft recommends, I decided to use GParted to extend it with some of the unallocated space. Unfortunately, there was no ...
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Windows XP bootloader issues

How to repair bootloader I was looking through this post and feel like this is the process I need to be following. I'm working with Windows XP and need to rebuild the "BOOT.INI" after deleting it. ...
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Changing MBR code

I have read that during the booting process in linux, BIOS loads MBR from the first sector of the bootable device. Now, if I change the code of size 446 Bytes in the first sector of the bootable ...
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Cloning Windows 7 installation from MBR to GPT drive and make it bootable

I've seen threads on similar topics - such as this one - but the answers never seem to solve how to make it bootable. I have Win 7 64-bit on a PC installed on a 2tb MBR volume. The motherboard is ...
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How to change address of Master Boot Record

Can we change the location ( Starting and Ending address ) of Master Boot Record of a bootable device ? Doing so is operating system dependent or not ? If we can change the location of Master Boot ...
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Make 3TB hard drive appear as two (2TiB+750GiB) with MBR

Some manufacturers of external hard drives with capacity exceeding MBR partition capacity seem to sell them pre-partitioned to a 2TiB partition and one with the remaining capacity. Tools are ...
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How to make grub2 boot another drive MBR?

My laptop (DELL Vostro 3350) have two hard drives: 1- /dev/sda , ssd with Ubuntu14.04 , grub2 installed to this MBR. Installed on normaly hd bay 2- /dev/sdb , stock hd (with recovery partition etc ...
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Why does 32 bit reference sectors and not bytes for MBR hard disks?

Trying to educate myself on hard disk architecture and I am trying to wrap my head around the concept of the 2TB limitation for MBR. The question that arose is why 2^32 related to sectors and not ...
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How does Diskpart Clean All affect MBR and implications?

I want to overhaul my entire internal hard drive, re-partition it, and re-install Windows Vista. After booting on the Vista Installation Disk and opening Command Prompt, I'm not sure whether to use ...