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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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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Just installed Fedora 18 and computer is not booting

After some initial trouble, I was able to install Fedora 18, but Had to Disable Secure Boot, disable Fast Boot, and Enable CSM. Side Note: I was reading that by Enableing CSM I was not going to be ...
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SSD, MBR, GPT and Linux (choices)

I'm getting a new computer with a 120GB SSD and a 500GB HDD @ 5400rpm, I will install Arch Linux on it and maybe Windows at some point. My indecision starts with the following issues: I though about ...
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Should I configure my New RAID5 Drives as MBR or GPT?

I have a new RAID-5 Setup on a Server here at work. I have just created the RAID-5, and its size is a little over 2.7 TB. Now, Iknow that MBR does not support anything over 2.2 TB, however, I have ...
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extending a triple boot system: quad boot and beyond?

I have a working triple boot system using Refit, that is modeled closely after the steps detailed in https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MactelSupportTeam/AppleIntelInstallation, except that I'm using ...
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Repair bad sectors and mbr in hdd

I launched chkdsk, suddenly my PC goes off, and my HDD was damaged ! I have 3 partitions (including the system-reserved one ) I can't access the root one (where win8 was installed and where I have my ...
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on a server does master boot record formating of the disk support the dynamic disk type?

If I convert a disk from basic to dynamic is it possible to format it to master boot record (MBR) or is it just possible to format with GPT?
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How do I choose which GRUB the MBR looks at with multiple linux distributions?

I have two instances of Ubuntu running on my computer (The second one is for an operating systems class). The problem is that when I installed the second Ubuntu, the MBR now looks at the second GRUB, ...
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What is keeping me on 'Preparing your desktop…' after my Windows 7 parition migration?

Here's the situation: I had Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10 dual booting on one 120gb ssd. I recently purchased a 240gb ssd and wanted to migrate both of those partitions to this new one. I used Gparted ...
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FreeBSD Install DVD changed pmbr to mbr leaving Mac OS X unbootable

Recently I was experimenting with FreeBSD 7.4 i386 Install DVD on a Mac mini Intel 2006 on whose harddisk Mac OS X 10.5.8 was installed. My aim was to just see contents of the harddisk from 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. ...
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Installing Windows 7 on GPT

I have an HP 566 with Windows 8 installed. I removed it, and I wanted to install Windows 7. I have problems installing Windows 7. In BIOS I can choose two boot modes: Legacy boot mode UEFI boot ...
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Factory 2TB GPT disk with 16GB in unused partitions. Is this right?

I just received 4 SATA II Seagate Barracuda 2TB drives that I intend to use for various purposes. Looking at Vista's Disk Management utility I find that all 4 drives come from the factory as GPT disks ...
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How do I fix a Windows XP bootloader error when BOOTCFG, FIXBOOT, and FIXMBR do nothing?

I recently replaced a faulty hard drive with two hard drives that I then raided (1) together and installed Windows XP on about a week ago. Since then, I have always received this error: Windows ...
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MBR partition with more than 2 TB

Various sources (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4) claim that hard drives using the MBR partitioning scheme are limited to a maximum partition size of approximately 2 TB, and that you need GPT to support larger ...
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CloneZilla errors when attempting to clone and create partition table proportionally

Carrying on from a question regarding hard drive space on a cloned hard drive, i'm attempting to recover the space using CloneZilla and using the setting -k1, create partition table proportionally. ...
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Does the 'mount' command rely on MBR to detect partitions, or can it use the GPT partition table?

TL:DR I have Mac, which means I have EFI and a GPT formatted disk with a hybrid MBR. I am considering adding a fifth partition; to do this, I will mask my first three GPT partitions with one ...
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How to check if a drive has an MBR?

I cloned my drive. Then I wanted to select that as boot device, but it didn't show up in BIOS. This forum post says it's because the MBR was not copied. So how do I verify that the MBR was copied? ...
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How can I directly edit the filesystem of a flash drive / flash card?

I have an inaccessible SD card, and I need to manually rewrite the tables for the filesystem. Is there a method I can use to directly edit these file system tables in Windows 8? It should preferably ...
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Does master boot code change when installing new OS

MBR include 3 parts: Master boot code, Partition table and disk signature. For example, I install Windows first and after linux. I don't know master boot code depend on boot loader? (NTLDR or Grub2). ...
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Intel BOXDH77KC won't boot Linux GPT disk

To be complete, it won't get to grub without going through the boot menu - even if the disk is the only option in the boot menu. (It's annoying enough that I have to hit F10 every time I boot that I ...
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How to fix MBR of external hard disk?

I have a 320 GB WD hard disk and recently some folders got corrupted. I tried to use HDD Regenerator to fix the hard disk. While it was repairing, it was interrupted. Now the hard disk won't mount ...
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How to fix MBR of external hard disk? [duplicate]

I have 320Gb WD hard disk and recently I got some folders corrupted and I tried to use tool called HDD re generator to fix the hard disk and while it repairing it was interrupted now hard disk won't ...
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How to increase the time the operating system choice screen flashes up, to choose the OS

So I installed Windows Mint along side Windows Home XP. The system boots onto the hard drive but the OSvchoice screen flashes up for about 400ms and I hardly have the time to make a choice. Is there a ...
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How to remove linux mint? [duplicate]

I've windows 8 and Linux mint both installed on my system , Now I want to remove both Linux mint and windows 8 and install windows 7 from a USB flash drive . I don't know where the Linux mint files ...
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GRUB not loading

I just installed Fedora 18 alongside a pre-existing windows 7 from a live-usb to a single 1TB hard disk with multiple partitions. created all necessary partitions as recommended: / :40GB /boot ...
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How can I move the boot sector to another drive?

When I installed Windows 7 on my new SSD it seems I messed some parts up during the partition selection, and now I have my system partition with the boot sector on another harddrive, and the boot ...
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Windows flags secondary SATA drive bootable - can only boot once with the drive in place

On my GPT/EFI-based new Windows 7 PC, I was trying to install my old PC's MBR-based drive as a secondary SATA1 disk. I've got Windows 7 and Linux Mint dual-booting on the new SATA0, but I still want ...
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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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How to generate an MBR binary?

I am using the Bochs Emulator running on an Android host system. My Android filesystem is mounted as a Bochs "vvfat" partition. Now, the way in which Bochs generates the CHS values for this partition ...
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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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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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Where to find MBR in windows 8 and how to proceed from there to change its record? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to speed up a PC with two OS on two hard drives My PC takes a considerably long time to boot, sometimes almost 2 to 3 minutes. Do see my earlier question here. ...
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Restore access to Linux partition after wiping Windows partition through Windows installer

I have a dual boot Windows 7/Linux Mint 14 system (installed Windows first) with a single hard disk and four partitions (in order: System Reserved, Windows 7, Linux, swap). I wanted to reinstall ...
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Can random data from a wipe or encryption of a full drive result in fake partitions appearing in the MBR? [closed]

QUESTION : Can the apparently "random"-ish data written to a full drive (not just a partition) during a random "wipe" or encryption be somehow interpreted by the computer as having a "valid" MBR ...
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Can xcopy make a bootable copy (clone) of Windows?

Following on from my discussion with @JustinD in the comments here, is it technically possible to simply xcopy the contents of a Windows partition to a partition freshly created and formatted on a new ...
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BSOD, MBR corrupt, tried to fix using Testdisk on Linux dual boot, now nothing works

The short story is I received a BSOD from a Windows program. I then couldn't boot Windows. My system is set up with GRUB to dual boot into CentOS, so I booted into CentOS and attempted to fix the MBR ...
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Is there a way to read the contents of the master boot record?

Reading another question on here it made me curious if it's possible to actually read the contents of the mbr. As I understand it, there's a certain area at the very front of the partition that lists ...
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How to tell which physical disks have bootable MBR?

The computer I am using right now has 6 physical disks attached. Using the BIOS's "select boot device" functionality I have discovered that I can boot off 3 of these disks into the exact same ...
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Fix single entry from mbr [closed]

I use EasyBCD to manage my tripleboot of (1) Windows Server 2008 R2, (2) Windows 7 Professional and (3) Ubuntu Linux. While trying to change the order of my boot menu I ended up losing the Windows ...
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Multiple Bootable Images on Flash Drive UEFI mode

I am aware that there exists tools that can change the mbr of the drive so that it can boot up multiple operating systems such as the Windows XP installer, Windows 7 installer, Windows PE-based live ...
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Deleted the GPT partition/ record

A friend of mine had GPT partition n his Lenovo laptop. While formatting the computer and reinstalling the OS, I wiped of all the partitions, and created 4 new partitions. Now after installing ...
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Fixing damaged partition table

This is continuation of Recover Extended Partition , but this time I have different problem related partition table it self. I managed to restore partition that I needed and backed up files that were ...
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Recover Extended Partition

I have a serious problem. I lost my MBR. But that is first of the problems. My disk layout was something like this (more less); sda1 truecrypt-os 80GB sda2 ext4 8GB sda3 swap 4GB (sda4) extended ...
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Can not boot windows XP from cloned hard disk - what can I do?

My configuration: a PC (some years old) with MSI K8N-Neo-4F Motherboard, 1 GB RAM. Disk 1 (Maxtor, SATA II, 250 GB): 2 Partitions, on Partition 1 (48 GB): Windows XP Professional (NTFS) on ...
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Cloned Windows 7 to new HDD and want to change the drive letter to C

I used Clonezilla to clone my existing hard drive to a new one I bought. I then changed the BIOS to set the new drive as the first in the boot sequence. I'm pretty sure that I'm still running Windows ...
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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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Can I make my drives visible and change their partition type without losing my data?

I have made a lot of mistakes and now I cannot see my hard disk nor I can start my operating system on my laptop. All my passwords and important files on my hdd without any backup. I followed this ...
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3 TB HDD won't reactivate

After doing a clean install of Windows 8 my Seagate 3 TB HDD won't reactivate in Disk Management. The two volumes are there but I can't use them for some reason. The drive was previously used with a ...
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Make GRUB2 work installing Linux over OEM Win7

I bought an Acer laptop with Win7, and installed Linux Xubuntu as second OS. It says the GRUB was installed as well, but at the boot it keeps loading only windows. No grub screen at all. What to do? ...