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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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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Tools to convert GPT to MBR without access to an OS

I wiped my Windows 8 thinking I could install Win7 x86 but I can't because the disk is GPT. I need to convert to MBR. Is there a tool to do that? Maybe I wrong: but it seems like GParted can only do ...
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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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Kali Linux & Windows 7 : Switching Grub to MBR

I'm trying to install Kali Linux (i386) alongside Windows 7 (x64). I have prepared suitable free disk space and placed Kali there. The last thing done by installation was to prepare GRUB. whole kali ...
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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 create hybrid MBR/GPT partition on USB drive?

Can you please tell me how to create a hybrid MBR/GPT partition on the USB drive? I need the MBR for the boot as my BIOS doesn't boot GPT partitions.
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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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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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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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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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Windows 7 GPT to MBR? EFI to BIOS

I want to convert my existing GPT partition table to a MBR one. UEFI is giving me too many headaches with Linux. Actually, I'm just interested in my Windows partition. All the articles on the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...