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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PC can't boot even from a live USB - probably corrupted bootloader or MBR

While getting rid of dual-booted Linux I tried recovering Windows 7's bootloader with EasyBCD. (one-click process described in this video) However, something went wrong and now GRUB is gone as it ...
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How can I convert a MBR partition to GPT without loss of data?

I partitioned my volume as MBR and was able to install Windows 7 + Mac OS X. Unfortunately, Disk Utility in Mac OS X cannot resize the Mac partition now because it's not a GPT volume. I also cannot ...
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How to switch to current OS's GRUB bootloader in multi-OS system?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 along with a bunch of kernels in /dev/sda1. Later I installed Debian 6 to /dev/sda5 along with some other kernels. Recently, I installed another Ubuntu 12.04 in /dev/sda8. ...
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Backup a hard disk's MBR and first (shrinked) partition to a single image file

Despite a lot of Googling I couldn't find an answer to my problem. I'm a Linux sysadmin and I want to backup a Windows XP installation (but it could be any other OS) located on the first partition of ...
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How to reinstall Windows MBR with no Windows listed?

There is nice article how to reinstall windows MBR: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392 however there is a catch. I have Windows system, but when I go with repair mode it is not shown and as the ...
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Restore MBR Windows 8 after Grub

I recently bought a Lenovo laptop with Windows 8, and would like to use an old SSD in it for the boot drive. The SSD previously dual booted Linux and Windows 7. I cloned the Windows 8 drive using ...
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Windows (using UEFI boot on GPT disk) will no longer boot after adding an MBR hard disk

I have recently installed Windows 7 64 bit on a new SSD using UEFI boot and GPT. The system worked fine. After adding my old system HD to the system (that uses MBR), Windows will no longer boot ...
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Backing up MBR - why not restoring the boot code?

I've seen two pages explaining how to backup & restore the MBR: Linux: How to backup hard disk partition table (MBR) UNIX / Linux: Copy Master Boot Record (MBR) They've shown an example with ...
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Converting windows (bootloader) from mbr to gpt/uefi

I have windows 7 installed on a laptop on a small 160 Gb hard drive that has the MBR partition table. Now I would like to move it to a bigger disk, format it with GPT and multi-boot linux (Fedora). ...
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Fix MBR and partition table of windows 7 hdd/installation

Apparently the partition table still seems to be somewhere in tact, as well as all the files. Debian is able to mount the ntfs partitions, I can read/write and I am using dd to image the data onto an ...
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Read MBR from Hard disk image file (.img)

I have created two image files (.img) of my two Hard disks which were RAID0. Now I need to copy MBR bytes from my image files in order copy them to mentioned hard disks, because I have re-created the ...
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Change Windows from booting with BIOS to EFI from other OS

So I have just used gdisk to remove the MBR on my Mac's drive because I got annoyed that I couldn't access my fifth partition - but then learned I could with GPT. Now that I did the "conversion" (its ...
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How to backup the boot information of a PC's Hard Disk?

I just installed Windows 7 on a partition of my hard disk and I'm planning to install Vista and Windows 8 on other partitions on the same disk, and maybe a few Linux distributions too. Before I ...
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I (stupidly) converted a TrueCrypt encrypted disk to GPT in Disk Management: now TrueCrypt won't mount it

Backstory: After moving a Macrium Reflect disk image from my TrueCrypt external drive (with whole disk encryption) onto a unencrypted drive and using Windows PE with Macrium Reflect to restore my ...
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Need a place to store a few bytes of meta information on storage media

I'm working on an embedded project. I need a place to store some filesystem-independent meta information on a storage device. The device has an MSDOS partition table. The device also may have ...
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Chainload EFI Bootloader from grub2 installed on MBR

When trying to chainload a EFI-bootloader from my grub2 I always get an Invalid signature error. According to this question, it happens because my grub2 is installed on an MBR-harddrive. The author of ...
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Restoring MBR, partition table, and boot sector of memory card without data loss (“USBC”)

Abstract I have a FAT32 memory card that when inserted into a computer causes Windows to prompt to format it. The card is definitely not supposed to be blank and has a bunch of files on it. Symptoms ...
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Small unallocated space left, when partitioning harddrive. What is is meant for and why can't I use it?

Every so often I encounter a small unallocated space in the partitioning scheme of a hard drive, when I want to create a maximal sized partition, even though I have set the "Free space following" to ...
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Corrupted Windows 8 MBR, recovery disk's repair tools fail

I'm using Windows 8 64 bit on an ASUS N56 Laptop. I was attempting to upgrade to Windows 8.1 and the installation was interrupted. Attempted System Restore, which didn't work. Long story short, I ...
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Win 8: Adding a boot volume to an MBR dynamic disk [NOT about changing to basic disks]

(This is NOT aiming to convert to basic disk. In this question, the disk stays dynamic but becomes bootable) There doesn't seem to be a clear, well stated answer I can find, for the question "What ...
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Is it possible to have Grub2's boot.img in the MBR and have it load core.img from a separate boot partition?

I have a multiboot system that I would like to use Grub to manage. The version of Grub shipping with my Linux distro is Grub2, and it installs its equivalent of stage 1.5-2, core.img, into the ...
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Why does an MBR partition table entry have its starting sector as both CHS and LBA?

In an MBR's partition table section, every partition has the first absolute sector available in both the CHS and LBA formats. It's relatively straightforward to convert between the two. When the ...
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SDD with OS doesnt work because HDD with Bootloader is dead

This kind of problem is very common as I see, but I can't find anything helpful anywhere. There was a common hdd with an old Win7 installation. A new SDD was bought, a new fresh Win7 was installed on ...
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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 ...
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Can I recover my 4TB SATA HDD accidentally re-initialized with MBR?

I changed my 4TB SATA HDD to a different 3.5 inch USB enclosure. When plugging the new enclosure's USB cable into my Windows 7 x64 PC, in the Disk Management MMC, it asked to be initialized with MBR, ...
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Error loading operating system WinXP Pro

So im getting the error "Error loading operating system" when the computer tries to boot to a fresh install of WinXP Pro. To get to this point, I: Shrunk the only partition with Gparted to 33GB ...
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MBRs, VBRs, and partitioning of storage devices: how and why they vary across device-types?

The wikipedia entry for Boot Sector says this, CD- ROMs usually have their own structure of boot sectors, for IBM PC compatible systems this is subject to El Torito specifications. ...
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Convert GPT disk to MBR disk in-place?

Is there any tool that can reliably convert a disk from GPT to MBR in-place? (i.e. without having to backup/restore any partitions.)
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Boot entries removed through easybcd. How do I restore Windows 8 MBR?

Somebody deleted my easybcd boot entries when I wasn't looking! I had a dual boot with ubuntu. I used my live usb and installed boot repair on the demo. After I used it, my ubuntu install was working, ...
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Win8x64, after format/upgrade from Win7x86, “GPT Protective Partition” on secondary drive

I backed up all important data prior to formatting the C: drive, but I cannot read the backup drive after reinstalling Windows. More details provided after the screenshots. Additionally As you ...
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How to find out if my MBR is infected?

I imagine that bootkits and other malware can install themselves in the MBR and be invisible to antivirus software running after the MBR was executed. Is there any way to execute an antivirus scan on ...
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Linux Live USB Drive Created with dd Corrupt Partition Table and Reliability Issues

I am trying to create a Linux Live USB drive from an isohybrid (.iso) image. To accomplish this task, I have taken these steps in the past: Securely wipe the flash drive using the command: sudo ...
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Converted my HDD on Mac to GPT

I converted MBR to GPT and I lost everything on both of the partitions, though I just converted one partition (Bootcamp's) but it still converted them both. Any ideas how to get my HDD MBR again and ...
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How to Install Windows XP to wiped out HDD without MBR?

I was using my old laptop with SSD as a primary drive. After buying the SSD I formatted the HDD for storing just personal data, so I wiped it out (OS, MBR etc. - everything). Now I moved the SSD to ...
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How do I boot a MBR [FAT(32)/NTFS] USB HDD from EFI without legacy bios?

I am using my external HDD for backups, but for restore you need to boot into the specific software's "restore mode/utility" which is often an CD image, but I preffer to not use CD's and just use USB ...
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boot Windows from GRUB rescue

This is my situation: installed Ubuntu without a CD (using unetbootin) dual boot installation (Windows XP+Ubuntu) didn't like the installation and decided to boot into Windows and delete the Linux ...
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1TB ext4 Harddrive with 400GB NTFS MBR written by mistake

I was imaging my ext4 1tb storage disk that I had accidentally formatted to NTFS with testdisk and an external usb dock when I had to back out. Testdisk asked about writing the MBR and I clicked yes. ...
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Accidentally Deleted MBR; Don't Know Filesystem Type

I have a Linux derivative OS on a non-bootable hard drive. I'm currently using a LiveCD to help diagnose the issue; however, I mistakingly deleted the MBR in the process via testdisk. Is there any ...
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Laptop not booting to Windows 7

I installed a fresh Windows 7 overwriting Fedora 17. The installation was successful, but the laptop is not now booting. It's showing a black screen with a blinking cursor.
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Does rebuilding the BCD affect the MBR?

I'm dual booting Linux Mint and Windows 7, and windows 7 is having a "device inaccessible" error preventing it from booting. I'm using grub for my MBR. From what I understand, the BCD is what ...
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Ubuntu 12.04/xp dual boot testdisk wrote the wrong mbr to my storage disk

Using disk Utility in Ubuntu 12.04, I inadvertently formatted my 1TB ext4 storage disk to NTFS. I was in the process of doing clean installs so I just pulled the drive and set up a usb hdd dock to ...
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Partition suddenly became empty, any way to restore it?

I shutted down my o.s. and while it was shutting down I pressed "Cancel" the exact moment it shutted down, so it kept shutting down and I think this corrupted in some way the partition table. The O.S. ...
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How do I fix my MBR?

I have a Windows 7 dvd but when I try all the methods of repair none of them work. My main OS that is currently 'missing' is Windows 8 with Ubuntu dual boot.
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Still Booting to Windows after Debian Install

I recently installed Debian Linux to one of of my storage drives alongside Windows 7 (on a different drive) and for some reason when I start up my computer I still boot right into Windows instead of ...
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Need copyied hard drive to be bootable [duplicate]

I copied all the contents of a hard drive to another. It wont boot of it though. I need it to. I deleted a partition and used a data recovery, The files i copied were the recovered ones. It recovered ...
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Mounting Drive to DosBox and using Debug.exe

I am trying to track down the MBR on a scavenged Hard Drive. The hard drive won't boot so I've been trying to change the MBR through DEBUG.exe. The problem starts with my 64 bit machine because ...
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Linux set bootflag?

Ok, so I messed up my MBR and I need to set the boot flag, (not the active partition!). I have searched for similar questions but all the answers I see is "how to set a partition to active", and that ...
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How to extract .raw backup of Windows to a partition?

I have a backup of a Windows 7 drive (virtualbox install) made in .raw format and I want to extract it to my empty partition ready for Windows. Im using OSX. Any ideas? I have tried this: sudo dd ...
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Convert MBR to GPT - Without any OS

I just got a new laptop without any OS (it had FreeDOS, but not anymore). When I go to Windows Installer and try to create a new partition from un-allocated space, I don't get any Error message but ...
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Erase MBR from a Mac

So I found a way to EFI install my Windows 8 to my MacBook Air - and now my partition table looks kinda ugly: /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER ...