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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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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MBR: Restore Windows 7 bootloader on a Thinkpad

I previously uninstalled Fedora dual boot and now have the GNU Grub bootloader still hanging around. I have found instructions online on how to remove this but they all require the Windows 7 CD. I do ...
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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 ...
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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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Put linux on the fifth partition

So I have this quite "insane" partition scheme on my MacBook: Kevins-MacBook-Air:~ Ingwie$ diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: ...
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Unable to access UEFI BIOS setup or boot into Windows after setting MBR with EasyBCD then resetting it

I can't exactly remember what the menu items were called (because I can't boot into my computer), but I'll try my best. Earlier I tried using EasyBCD with Windows 8 on a UEFI Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 ...
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Restore MBR on bad HHD after MBR erase

So here is my (kind of) bad situation. I have this ~640GB Seagate 2.5' HDD. It's and old HDD I was using and it has a lot of important personal data. It used to have a MBR and some Linux partitions, ...
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Arch Linux MBR installation

Pardon me for my ignorance, but as a new Linux user, I honestly know little to nothing about these things. I'm trying to set up an MBR install for Arch alongside Windows 8, though it doesn't make much ...
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Solaris Automated install Hard-Drive Windows 7

I got two hard disks, one of 40 GB and another one with 1 TB. The 40 GB has windows 7 installed on it, taking all the space of this hdd. The 1 TB disk I got few logical and extended partitions; in ...
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Linux AutoNeoGrub0.mbr is corrupt of missing? [duplicate]

I've been trying to get my windows boot manager working so I can boot both Windows 7 and Linux. Currently, I can boot both, but only run when I click on "Windows 7" in the boot manager (Linux will run ...
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MBR viruses: Is that really possible? What do I have to do to prevent?

I'm going through a real mystery right now. My friend has a Sony Vaio VPCEG notebook and recently it keeps showing the following message: S.M.A.R.T Hard Drive detects Error. Please consider ...
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Windows 8 boots very slowly and can't navigate to second SATA HDD, no problems without drive connected

I have Windows 8 installed on a GTP formatted 120 GB SSD, and it runs the OS fine with just that. Connecting my old MBR formatted 320 GB HDD as well shows in the BIOS, but Windows 8 will not load its ...
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Migrating Windows 7 from MBR to EFI without formatting

Based on the experience documented in Migrate from MBR to UEFI with an encrypted system partition I'm considering the opportunity to migrate Windows 7 from the plain ol' MBR to the new GPT/UEFI boot ...
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Restore MBR when installation disk is missing

One of our computers had a dual boot with Windows Vista and Ubuntu. I have removed the Linux partitions and Vista was running until I rebooted. Now it cannot boot anymore. Not a big issue as (I ...
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Recovery of zeroed first 27MB of disk

I have laptop with SSD inside. Externally I have 750GB disk connected via USB 2.0. I was trying to zero pendrive using Cygwin - pv /dev/zero > ... but zeroed about 27MB of 750GB disk, not ...
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Can an SSD have a MBR and a bootloader?

I installed both Linux and Windows on my newly bought SSD (sda). When I installed Linux, I chose to install the bootloader on the SSD (sda). After I finished, I got only a black screen when I chose ...
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Can I repair Win XP MBR using WIn 7 CD?

I have a dual boot machine (ubuntu 12.04 and xp sp3) and now I want to get rid of ubuntu. After searching over the internet I found that I should first remove the grub (by fixing the MBR) so that the ...
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MBR Partition Table not found

Well... I was trying to activate my windows 7, the first program that I used was "MBR Regenerator" that would turn windows back to the trial mode. Ok. The program asked to a restart, and I did it. ...
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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 ...