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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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 ...
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Update win 7 MBR with 2nd disk win 10

On the same box I have a hdd with win 7 & a hdd with win 10. Can I get the win 7 to detect that I've added a win 10 disk. I installed the win 10 while using that box, but the 1st disk wasn't ...
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Windows 10 Tech Preview error: “Windows cannot be installed on MBR disks”. My hard drive is GPT. Why am I getting this error?

I'm trying to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview from a USB drive. The hard drive I'm trying to install on has multiple partitions and is formatted with a GPT partition table. When I start up ...
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Freeware MBR to GPT conversion in Windows without data loss [duplicate]

I recently had to rehouse an 8 TB drive due to damage to the micro B socket. It has only ever been one partition. Windows 8 and Windows 10 incorrectly identify it as being split into 3 partitions. One ...
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Install Windows after Linux [duplicate]

At first i installed Linux mint on my hard drive. This disk is splitted up into two partitions. After i installed linux i formatted the 2nd partition and deleted and created it new. It's the /dev/sda3....
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How to reformat a hard disk that was previously in a RAID configuration?

I have 2 internal Seagate SATA hard disks that were, at evidence as far as I can judge, mounted in a RAID configuration. These disk have been given to me and were used on another computer. The 2 disks ...
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How to get MBR Wizard 3.0 to work?

I've downloaded the program files. Am trying to get MBR Wizard's 3.0 CLI version to run from the command line and attempt fixing my corrupt MBR issue. I'm running Windows 7 as admin, keep typing the ...
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What is the use of the [BOOT]/Bootable_NoEmulation.img file on several boot images?

I've seen a file called [BOOT]/Bootable_NoEmulation.img on several boot images, and always wondered what it's use is. Neither found a suitable magic number nor could Google help me so I ask here. It'...
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How to restore a copy of an MBR back to the original HDD with Windows 7?

This topic is related to my questions 1 and 2, however as I've entered yet another phase of this complex issue, I must ask another standalone question: How can we copy back an MBR to an HDD with ...
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Is there a copy of the main MBR and MFT on a drive?

I'm talking about something like a backup copy located on a drive, in addition to the main. If there is, how would I be able to retrieve it and write the backup back to the main partition?
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Windows 8.1 in legacy mode(MBR partitions) how to install windows 10 in UEFI mode(gpt partitions)?

I have a laptop with windows 8.1 installed. My laptop supports UEFI but when i installed win 8.1 i converted GPT partitions to MBR and then installed win 8.1 as legacy(my bad, a long story). But now ...
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Software RAID setup on an MBR drive

In Mike Meyers' CompTIA A+ book when talking about different partitioning schemes, he says "A dynamic disk volume is still technically technically a partition, but it can do things a regular ...
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Recovering files when Windows 7 MBR has been corrupted

System Stats: Type: 64-Bit Desktop; OS: Windows 7 Premium; HD: Seagate Barracuda 750GB, S.M.A.R.T. Enabled. History: There is the complex situation I'm dealing with, I'll do my best to break it ...
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Hibernating made my computer unbootable

For some reason hibernation was not enabled on my Windows 7 install. So I enabled it, and then put the machine into hibernation. I use McAfee Safeboot on the machine (for data encryption). Upon ...
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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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MBR vs GPT (Logical Block Addressing)

Going through MBR/GPT I'm a bit confused on the transition from MBR (2^32) to GPT (2^64). If you breakdown the history from CHS-to-LBA addressing: CHS (24Bits) - 8GB Limit (1979 - Introduced with "...
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How to Convert MBR HDD to GPT without data loss?

I tried to install a windows 10 DVD on my laptop with windows OS, after formatting the OS drive, I got the "MBR drive" error, so I should convert it to GPT, but I have no OS on laptop, and there is ...
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Master Boot Record (Sector Size)

I understand the typical MBR is 512B and the addressable space is 2TB (2^32 x 512B), this was related to the physical sector size of the storage device (HD) which made perfect sense, but what about ...
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USB hard drive moved to internal, now shows GPT Protective Partition

I'm using Windows 8.1. Using a brand new 1TB hard drive, I attached it to a SATA to USB connector, formatted it and transferred about 500GB of data to it. I don't remember if I formatted it as GPT, I ...
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will Kali linux GRUB make changes to MBR on windows OS

I am new to Kali Linux and am trying to install it in a Virtual Box on my windows 7 system. My question is will Kali linux GRUB make changes to the 'Actual' MBR on Windows OS when I am installing ...
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Can I use ubuntu's Boot-Repair to fix windows MBR after CentOS wiped It?

CentOS's still cannot recognize the newer Windows 8.1/10 partitions and I have to look for a tool to repair MBR after install CentOS as my desktop OS. Could you point me in the right direction?
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Troubleshooting error 0xc000000e on Windows boot with Bitlocker full drive encryption

Note: I had originally thought that the BCD was the problem, which turned out to be wrong. I originally had my laptop set up as follows: A 300 GB partition with OS X 10.10 and native full-drive ...
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Ubuntu, unable to boot from CD, option missing in BIOS and grub

some time ago I switch from windows to ubuntu and at that time, I formated my hdd and created new partitions. NAME FSTYPE SIZE MOUNTPOINT LABEL sda 698,7G ...
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How exactly does TrueCrypt work

I have some questions about how TrueCrypt and other Encryption Software work. TrueCrypt overrides the Bootcode in the MBR. Is there any other TrueCrypt Code on the disk which is not encrypted (Chain ...
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Booting Windows and Linux across two physical drives

I'm trying to get Windows 7 and Kali Linux bootable on an old laptop, but there are a few considerations that are making it difficult: 1) Windows 7 is on an SSD, while I installed Kali on the ...
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Grub Rescue upon attempting to reinstall WIn8.1 on Msata

New device and not dual boot as far as I am aware. New clean install of win 8.1 was compromised. Intel provided a new device. Upon attempting to reinstall 8.1, it would not allow installation onto ...
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How to overwrite 0 sector under Windows XP?

Is there any built in Windows XP command or other utility which will let me overwrite sector 0, so the OS will be non-bootable?
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do fixmbr and fixboot change the list of oper. systems on start?

I have added new components in my computer and now I cannot start window 7, but I can Ubuntu, system repair cannot fix the problem. Then I read this I want to try these commands: bootrec /fixmbr ...
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Windows 10 Not Booting due to Boot Device not found

I just upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 successfully. I think I made a mistake of formatting the old Window 8.1 recovery partition (which was not needed anymore). This was done via the Disk ...
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Changing System Drive from GPT to MBR

I currently have an Acer Laptop running Windows 10. My system drive currently has a GUID Partition Table (GPT) but I want to convert it to MBR Partition Table. Doing this wont be a problem as I found ...
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No free mbr slots while there should be

I have three partitions on my hard drive. including the system reserved partition, there are 4 Primary partitions and I cant have any more. But I want to have one 110GB Primary partition.(I want to ...
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Windows 7 installation - setup was unable to create a system partition or locate an existing partition

I am trying to install Windows 7 from a bootable USB drive. I encountered the following error after selecting the partition to install Windows on: Setup was unable to create a system partition or ...
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Accidentally deleted Windows 7 Boot sector / MBR

Accidentally run the following on system drive instead of USB. OS: Windows 7. 1 system partition and 1 unformatted partition. Now still haven't rebooted while writing this. On C disk root can see ...
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Using GParted to convert GPT to MBR without access to an OS

I wiped my Windows 8 thinking I could install Windows 7 x86 but I can't because the disk is GPT. I need to convert to MBR. I'm trying to use GParted to convert to MBR but it seems GParted can only ...
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My harddrive partitions are lost during attempting to install centOS 6.6. How to get back?

I had a windows 7 installation. I wanted to dual boot with centOS. So I separated a space for centOS and created root and swap areas. Then I installed centOS 6.6 normally. But it was not dual ...
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Convert disk with OS from GPT to MBR

I'd like to know if it's possible to change disk partitioning standard from MBR to GPT for a disk with OS on which I do that, without loosing the OS. I have windows 7 and want to install side by side ...
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How do I identify & fix a defunct MBR entry on a remotely-admin'd Win2008 Server?

My 1&1 Winserver had a disk replaced, and I managed to rebuild the RAID so I have once again two synched disks. The trouble is whenever the server is rebooted it seems to be still trying to boot ...
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Can a >2TB hard (GPT) drive be used as non-booting data drive on a non-UEFI board?

Our workstation can only boot from MBR max. 2TB hard drive. The BIOS cannot be changed to UEFI mode by firmware update or similar. We are running Win Server 2012 R2. Can we use a 2TB hard drive ...
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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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3TB drive on BIOS system

I have a HP Proliant microserver gen 8 on which I am planning on installing Debian. I was thinking of setting up a raid-1 configuration through the built in raid controller using two Western Digital ...
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Repair Windows 7 MBR with Hiren's Boot CD

I would like to repair my Windows 7 MBR using Hiren's Boot CD 15.1. I want to know the generic method, using this CD, to fix an MBR that is hypothetically "toast". This hypothetical HD is as follows:...
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Copy the contents of one partition to another partition hardrive

if i write this command in linux "dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/dev/sda2" it will copy the whole /dev/sda1 partition bit by bit to /dev/sda2 ......is there any way in WINDOWS not in linux that i can just only ...
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Use 4TB partition with old NTFS-3G which doesn't support GPT and RAID

I've a D-Link Router (2750U) which has a USB port and FTP Server. I've also a 4TB External H.D.D which I want to use as one partition with this Router as my home cloud. I don't want to split this H.D....
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How can I create a partition in a the GPT formated drive on OS X, which then results as a GPT partition and not MBR partition?

Looking around on how to install windows 8 or 10 on bootcamp I got the famous error from windows installer telling me I need a drive formatted as GPT an not as MBR. Actually I can't understand why ...
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Operating system not found. MBR possibly damanged

I get a can't find operating system message when starting my laptop. I was able to boot into the Windows 7 recovery tools loaded onto a USB. Using diskpart, I noticed my partitions show RAW as the ...
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Can Linux OS Boot off MBR in Native UEFI?

While UEFI & GPT go together, I was wondering if Linux can be instilled and boot off MBR Partition type while in Native UEFI Mode?