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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MBR to GPT migration on Windows 7 x64 — what is the path forward

I use Backup Exec System Recovery to migrate to larger hard drives, to new PCs, etc. I have painted myself into a new corner, and am looking for the way out. Situation: I migrated to a new hard ...
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Set up dual boot Debian (Mint LMDE) Linux + Windows 8.1 **without** efi

The specifics is that in my case Windows 8.1 is installed not in EFI mode: so the partition table is in msdos/fat format and there is no efi partition. Unfortunately: All how-tos and manuals I've ...
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diskpart.exe on Windows 7 with GPT disk — unable to set partition active?

On windows 7. I cannot figure out how to set a volume active or boot on a GPT disk with diskpart. Is that the wrong tool? I am having to go back to MBR, because I just can't figure out how to ...
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Get Windows 7 to boot again

History Originally only Windows 7 was installed on a partition. The first partition was a 100MB recovery partition while the Windows OS and data files was on the second partition. Then I installed ...
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BIOS with 'no issue UEFICompliant' support for GPT partition tables

I would like to change my hard drive partition table from MBR to GPT, (since MBR supports 4 primary partitions). After some searching, I discovered C:\Windows\Panther\setupacl.log, and found a few ...
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Way to get back formatted Windows MBR partition in dual boot system

I have a Dual boot system and accidentally formatted Windows MBR partition while trying to format a USB (via disks utility). Now I am not able to boot into Windows. My grub doesn't show Windows ...
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How to fix mbr if I can't get to the cmd or terminal, and I deleted grub?

Problem I removed the GRUB, BUT in Windows disk management, I started to delete the first (of four) Linux partitions and after I got tired of waiting, I restarted the PC during the deletion ...
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Bootloop on Dell Latitude E7440 Win7 Pro x64 after FUD

I had my SSD set up with full disk encryption using diskcryptor, worked fine for a good while. Then it got stuck in a Startup Repair bootloop. Nothing I can think of that caused it. I removed the ...
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Install Windows 10 on an EFI / hybrid MBR Macbook?

I have an 2011 macbook which has been updated to EFI 1.7. Bootcamp sets up a hybrid MBR to support Windows 7. I need to install Windows 10 on this hybrid MBR setup instead of an EFI/GPT setup ...
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Does the 2 terabyte limit for MBR apply to a partition or the entire disk?

This is really unclear from what I read. I have a 3TB secondary hard drive, but I want to install Windows 7 on that (for dual boot). I have an old BIOS so UEFI is not an option. I understand MBR only ...
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Booting with MBR in UEFI (No CSM mode at all)?

I'm asking here since I can't find a clear and definite answer to if it is possible to boot with an MBR partitioned hard drive in an UEFI-only environment. I've read this question but it is still ...
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Did I lose my data by converting HDD from GPT to MBR? [duplicate]

I tried to install Windows, which required an MBR disk instead of a GPT. I converted GPT to MBR using diskpart utility. After that all my logical disks disappeared and only one (with total amount of ...
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UEFI boot and data disk

I'm on Windows 10 and I'm ready to convert to UEFI boot, but I want to know, if I need to have all my disks with GPT or only disk from which I will boot. Because my data disk is really full and ...
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Do I have to have my OS installed with UEFI to convert my system HDD from MBR to GPT without data loss?

So as of right now I have a PC with a BIOS-only mainboard (Gigabyte 775 - GA-P35-DS3) with which I installed Windows 10 64bit on my 4TB hard drive with MBR. Now I'd like to buy a new mainboard with ...
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Getting error: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style

I am trying to reinstall Windows 10 on my friends machine from bootable USB. Following is what I have done till now: I created bootable USB using Windows 10 ISO and Rufus with GPT Partition scheme ...
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Windows 8 install on MBR

I have a Notebook that dual-boots Arch Linux and Windows 8 via GRUB. After swapping hard drives, Windows couldn't boot anymore, and I've spent hours on fixing this to no avail. (I've cloned everything ...
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How would I know if a hard drive was jeopardized by a power surge?

I have a hard drive, from which I have rebuilt the MBR and Boot Sector. I was able to recover the data. My client's computer and data were easily visible prior to a power surge in the home. She would ...
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HDD Stopped Responding

I have an external 500GB hard drive containing a WD Scorpio Black, used all as one partition, encrypted with BitLocker and runs very well. This morning I connected it to my PC, it asked for BitLocker ...
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Messed up my MBR, can't boot from hard drive

can you help me please? I messed up my boot partition and I don't really know how. I tried to install grub wherever I could and accidentally formatted MBR. Bootrec.exe /FixBoot doesn't work Ubuntu ...
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I created a Windows To Go hard drive and it requires legacy boot

I used AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 6.0 to create a Windows To Go hard drive (MBR, 4 partitions, Toshiba USB 3.0 v73600-H 2TB) Click for screenshot. I am able to boot to my hard ...
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Windows 10 vs Windows 7 GPT filesystem incompatibility?

Good evening, I've got a dual boot system with Windows 10 and Windows 7 installed on one HD, and my second HD is an empty one for storing multimedia and games. Both disks are formatted as GPT. I've ...
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Can rEFInd be forced to replace boot code in a MBR?

Is there a way to force rEFInd to replace the boot code in the MBR before preforming a BIOS boot of the Windows operating system on a Mac computer? I understand that if the first 440 bytes in the MBR ...
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Get correct Windows partition back in Grub

Model: HP Compaq Mini 32 bit. Device: Samsung Evo SSD 120 GB. OS: Dual boot --> Linux Mint 17.1 Xfce & Windows 7 Starter. TLDR: Fixed Grub + got Mint back using parted rescue; win7 reboots or ...
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Bootloaders - Booting an MBR only OS using a UEFI only BIOS

A long time ago, in a computer lab far far away, I stumbled upon a bootloader which dared to cross the boundaries between MBR and EFI. It's name was Clover. Using clover, you could boot any number ...
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How do I deploy Windows 7 to UEFI or really boot in legacy mode?

I used to deploy a windows 7 image to computers using clonezilla, after creating two partitions and setting the bootable flag on the system partition. Now however, I've got some computers with an ...
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MBR max of 2TiB on each partition or on disk?

A quick point of clarification needed. With the MBR Maketecheasier.com says each partition can only go up to a maximum of 2TB in size The Differences Between MBR and GPT But IBM's ...
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convert logical to primary getting “the operation could not be completed there is no empty slot in mbr”

I have Sony VAIO with Windows7 premium 64-bit and I'm trying to get more free space for drive C -which has only around 8 Gigs free, while I had 48 Gigs free on drive D- so I was thinking of merging ...
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Booting Win7, GPT and MBR disks setup

I've got the following setup in the PC: Old disk: formatted with MBR, New disk: formatted with GPT Both have Win 7 installed are are booting fine on their own (in legacy or EFI mode, respectively). ...
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How to install Windows XP MBR from FreeDOS

I accidentally corrupted my Windows XP installation (i use it for programm testing). Luckily, i had copied the installation files before. Now i made a partition via FreeDOS, and i copied Windows XP ...
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After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, system thinks GPT partition is MBR

I have a Windows 7 system with 3 hard drives - Disc 0 is the boot disc formatted with MBR, Disc 1 is a 4 TB disc formatted with GPT, and Disc 2 is a 2 TB disc also formatted with GPT. Disc 1 has one ...
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Is there a difference between the first 446 bytes of different windows MBRs?

After reading a lot about install algorithms for installing windows from linux, for installing linux in addition to windows, .... I'm wondering a bit. From what I read for example for installing ...
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HDD - MBR or LBA corrupted, can it be recreated?

I have to recover an IDE Hard drive with some logical damage. After connecting it as external drive using an IDE-USB interface, I encountered the following: - Number of sectors seems to be zero - In ...
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Why is there not some simple way of booting ISO formatted USB? [duplicate]

From what I understand the only difference between booting from an HDD/USB and CD/DVD is the way they are formatted (the first 2 have the MBR and the second 2 the ISO layout). I mean it's not some ...
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How to install Windows XP x64 manually?

OK so my question is simple I've a nice build of Windows 10 and OpenSuse and all my partitions are put in order which I don't want to risk loosing, letting about 10 years old OS managing those stuff. ...
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Re-installing MBR (Master Boot Record) on Windows 7

I have GRUB installed on MBR for dual booting with GNU/Linux. However, now I want to delete my linux partition, and go back to using Windows 7 MBR. How do I re-install MBR while logged on Windows 7, ...
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Potential problems with Seagate DiskWizard when extending beyond 2TB with MBR

A bit of an oldy, but couldn't find an answer to my exact question. My motherboard doesn't support UEFI but I want to boot from my 4TB Hard Drive and use it all. I heard Seagate DiskWizard allows ...
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Mint Linux GPT to MBR

I am currently running Mint Linux on a PC with an old Intel Motherboard. It works just fine but I have have to select the HDD as the boot device manually upon start-up every time because the BIOS ...
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After a hard restart, I am unable to repair the MBR of my BitLocked drive and don't have the key

Why would Microsoft not build in a password entry widget into the repair process? How can I save my data? I've tried everything I can think of. Windows 8.1 Pro (not sure if version N or not, not ...
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MBR protective to MBR hybrid OSX

Right to the point I wanted to install W10, but it said that it doesn't like my gpt partition. So, with the help of gdisk, I followed this tutorial MBR hybrid to MBR protective Buuuuut it turns out ...
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What should the MBR look like?

I was reading about a computer's booting process and found out that the computer loads the bootloader's code from the MBR. So I wanted to take a look at my MBR like this: sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=mbr ...
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Can't extend volume

Found unused 90GB on array on Windows 2003 Server SP2 and extended array into it. In Disk Manager it is now shown as unallocated of MBR type and no option to extend existing volumes into it. Diskpart ...
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Broke MBR & Grub2 on Multi-Boot System

For all those out there looking for a challenge, this is the most messed up hard-drive I will probably ever have to deal with. So to make solving this massive problem as easy as possible, I am going ...
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Does formatting the disk rewrite MBR (master boot record)?

The title says it all. I want to know whether MBR is overwritten after a Windows clean installation.
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how can i install windows 7 parallel to 10?

so i wanted to upgrade my laptop windows from 7 (which it came with) to 8.1, i couldn't do that because the HDD was in MBR format so i had to change it to GPT and so i did, now i'm on windows 10 i ...
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Installing Windows 10 “Windows can't be installed on MBR. Convert to GPT”

Alright, it's a long story. I was on Windows 7, with 4 partitions. I decided to do a complete clean up and upgrade to Windows 10. So, while doing that, I selected the option, (I don't remember it ...
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Add boot entry to MBR for USB — Non Specific to OS - Use EasyBcd Ireboot to reboot to USB

So I am toying with installing Grub and editing Grub configs from Windows to get the same end goal, but it would be easier/better to use Microsoft products since I am not dual booting Linux. The end ...
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external hard drive rescue mbr to gpt to mbr

good day all I am a slightly losing my mind at the moment. I recently bought a flashdrive for backup livecd/rescue purposes,but I am a day to late. I have an external hard drive, 2TB Seagate - file ...
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How to make recovered windows partitions bootable?

I have the following situation: I have a "backup" of a failed/non more existend disk which has an exact copy of all its partitions but the difference that it has no bootloader or what so ever and it ...
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How to remove 'ubuntu' option from os selection menu?

I recently installed Ubuntu 15.04 on my Dell Vostro 15 3546. Its has Windows 8.1 installed. I divided the 500 GB HDD in to 2 and installed Ubuntu in one partition. Due to some error in installation I ...
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Windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems , Windows can only be installed to GPT disks [duplicate]

I want to format c drive and reinstall windows 8. previously I've installed windows 8 and ubuntu together in same C drive in separate partitions.previously I've configured ubuntu grub to select which ...