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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Why can't I install Windows 8 on an UEFI machine from an MBR based USB disk?

Just tried to install Windows 8.1 on an UEFI machine/GPT disk. I used a 2 TB MBR-based USB drive to contain the installer (FAT32 partition with Windows 8.1 install files). I got as far as selecting a ...
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MBR error at boot Windows 7

I tried to fix it with the DVD but without a result. If the boot order is 1 DVD, 2 HDD it asks to boot from Dvd.
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Recover Windows 8.1 MBR without a working Windows system available

I just screwed over my MBR and Windows won't boot. I don't have a working Windows system available to create a recovery USB disk. My laptop doesn't have a CDROM drive. How do I create a recovery disk ...
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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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Booting a BIOS bootloader from UEFI mode

I have a Linux setup that I boot in UEFI mode with GRUB. I want to try out OpenBSD, which unfortunately doesn't support GPT or UEFI yet, so I partitioned a drive with a traditional MBR table and ...
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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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Bios doesn't see MBR Hard Disk

I was trying to install steamos as a dual boot but it used to fail because it didn't see windows' free spaces. Someone said convert HDD from GPT to MBR. I did it with gdisk and now my Windows doesn't ...
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How to resize system reserved partition? Win 7 fails to boot afterward.

Firstly, quick background. I have Win7 x64 Pro. The reason I wanted to resize my system reserved partition is this: http://www.pagestart.com/win7br0x8100003301.html The Backup & Restore stopped ...
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Cannot boot to Windows after installing Elementary OS

Last week, I installed Elementary OS on one of my 3 partition so that I can dual boot it with Windows 8. After a couple days playing with eOS, I went back to Windows 8. The problem is that Windows 8 ...
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How to manually edit the MBR to recover lost partition?

I have accidentally deleted two HFS+ partitions. I know the start and end sectors of both of them. These partitions are 100% healthy. I can see them in Raise Data Recovery, but testdisk does not see ...
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Windows 7 not booting. grub bash shell appears

My Windows 7 x64 desktop PC stopped booting after I restarted it. This message appears: drive 0x80(LBA): C/H/S=1023/255/63, Sector Count/Size=16434495/512 Partition num: 0, active, Filesystem ...
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Can't fix MBR after trying everything

OS: windows 8.1, Kali Linux CPU : AMD A4 quad core Brand/mode: Toshiba satellite 4 GB of ram UEFI is disabled What happened: So here is how it started. I installed Kali Linux on my computer but I ...
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Upgrading internal hard drive to 2 terabyte on Windows 7, do I need GPT/UEFI?

I'm currently trying to upgrade my PC from a 1 TB hard drive to a 2 TB one. I've been through a lot of pain so far, but I hope I'm near the end of it. What I want: All of my data on my 1 TB moved to ...
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Why does UEFI BIOS only identify a 2TB drive on a 25TB virtual drive?

I configure a RAID6 using 16 2TB disks, and finally get a 25TB virtual drive as shown in LSI MegaRAID BIOS. And then I boot via a USB stick and try to install 64bit Ubuntu 14.04 on it. At the ...
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Is it safe to convert this partition table from GPT to MBR? [duplicate]

I think I need to convert my partition table from GPT to MBR in order to fix a problem with the bootloader. Here is the output of gdisk -l /dev/sdb GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 0.8.8 Partition table ...
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Windows 7,8 dual boot- winload.exe error: “could not verify digital signature error”

I've a Asus G73Sw that has Windows7 Home pre-installed. I recently added a new 120GB SSD and installed windows 8.1 on it. Everything was fine till recently when the original Win7 on my other HDD, got ...
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Evga X58 SLI - deleted mbr now can't boot

Somehow, and I did not know this until reboot, my windows 7 pro system files were not on the same disk as the mbr disk the bios was booting from. I ignorantly cleared off this "spare" drive and ...
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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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Moving disk with 4kB sectors from enclosure to internal SATA controller makes MBR invalid

I recently bought a 750GB WD disk for a netbook and formatted it while connected via a USB adapter. Because the adapter would disconnect when it was trying to access the ext4 journal, I connected it ...
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Unallocated space split

Can someone explain this one. Forgive my amateur knowledge... I am using a 500GB MBR disk for my OS drive. Before this, I had a total of 5 partitions with 2 linked together as "extended ...
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Can't install grub on MBR, encountered an error “Unable to install GRUB in /dev/sda”

I want to install a linux distribution on my computer. I have a SSD and an HDD. The SSD has Windows 8.1 and I partitioned 200 gigs from my 1 TB HDD to install linux. The linux installation was going ...
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What are the differences between MBR vs GPT vs any other partition scheme?

Can anyone tell me what the main differences between i.e. MBR vs GPT or any other partition scheme are? Why would one choose one over the other? I am not an expert but from new release of Mac OS X ...
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installing 32-bit windows: diskpart convert mbr error

I have an efi-based 64 bit system with win 8 pre-installed. I want to downgrade to 32-bit win 7 and so I booted up a bootable win 7 usb and opened command-prompt with shift+f10. I used convert mbr ...
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Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible

tl;dr: skip to Question section Background I have a drive on which Windows 7 was installed. It had a 100MB Windows 7 boot-partition, followed by a partition that took up the rest of the drive. A ...
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Migrating Windows 7 to new hard drive/partition

So, I'be managed to migrate my Windows 7 data over from /dev/sdb3 to a new partition on /dev/sdc1 using ntfsclone. I managed to resize the volume size to match the new partition size. I also used ...
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How to change the partition scheme

I want to change the partition scheme in my 500 GB HDD from MBR to GPT scheme without losing DATA on it. What are the traditional tools to do this on both windows 7 and Linux(ubuntu)? And what are the ...
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Windows 8.1 cannot be started from grub2

today I decided to use linux again after installing Windows 8.1... I've tried to boot one of the already existing Linux partitions on my computer but I wasn't successful. So I installed PinguyOS (A ...
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Grub2: “Invalid partition table!”

I have recently had to change bootloaded from my old syslinux to GRUB2. Since I have installed GRUB2 bootloader I am getting the following message on every boot: Invalid partition table! The ...
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Add partition to dynamic disk with 4 partitions already?

I'm thinking about dual-booting Win 8.1 and Xubuntu, but I have encountered a problem. I have 4 partitions already on my HP Laptop, laid out like so: ...
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How to parse MBR data in file into human form? File command does not work

I have MBR data in file and I would like to inspect it. Which Linux command can do this? WHen I ran file mbr.file the output was only mbr: DOS/MBR boot sector
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First 0x7E00 bytes on USB flash drive have become invisible

I have somehow managed to make the first 0x7E00 bytes (63 sectors) of my USB flash drive invisible to every program in Windows XP. I have tried about 15 different disk editors and tried a lot of MBR ...
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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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Using Clonezilla (or alternate) to make a *partial* full disk image of a multi-partition, multi-boot hdd

So I have a windows multi-boot system with XP installed first, then windows 7. I also have further partitions for user data, etc. I do not fully understand where (and what) data is stored on a pc ...
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Use `dd` linux program to save / recover a disk's MBR

I have an Ubuntu OS installed on my laptop. I want to install Windows 7 as well to another disk partition (I will do it by recovering it from a special partition on my laptop). After installing ...
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What's wrong with this GRUB setup?

I have two hard disks. The first one contains both Windows and Ubuntu installations, but the first MBR boots to Windows and the second MBR boots, in theory, to Ubuntu. This worked fine until recently. ...
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Is it possible to restore a wiped MBR partition table on a machine that has not been rebooted?

While experimenting with how to fix this, I came across a suggestion to wipe the MBR, so I did. dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bsize=512 count=1 Whoops. No partition table. Yes, I have backups, but ...
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Windows ignores GPT disk and converts to MBR during installation

I have followed these steps to install windows 7 home premium x64 on a 3tb drive (asus z87-z motherboard): Windows Setup: Installing using the MBR (Master boot record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table) ...
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How to restore the Windows MBR

I have a Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965 with Windows 8.1 Pro and Ubuntu dual-boot, and I can't restore the Windows 8.1 bootloader with EasyBCD. When I use EasyBCD it always says "Missing Operating ...
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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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“Operating System Not Found”

I did a bad format of my pc, I think I erased the mbr too. Everytime I turn on pc it shows me the message "No Operative System Found" . I accessed to BIOS and changed booting option to read CD : If ...
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MBR equals msdos for gparted?

I want to create a MBR partition table with GParted. In the confirmation window I can choose between various types of partition table. Default is msdos. Is it the same as MBR partition table? I'm ...
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Eset antivirus cannot clean the MBR infected virus W32.Sality

I'm using Eset Nod 32 antivirus, Windows 8.1 64 bit, today I meet w32.Sality virus from an USB drive, it look like the virus affected the MBR (Master boot record), all the antivirus I have detected ...
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Computer won't boot after uninstalling Ubuntu and reinstalling windows

Hello fellow Internet users, So I decided to install Ubuntu, formatting my hard drive to do so, after a few months I decided to go back to Windows, so I formatted my hard drive and reinstalled ...
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Windows installation disk MBR error

I need to install windows on a laptop which has no OS. When selecting the partition of Hard disk to install... Gives me such an error:"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has ...
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Safe to blank MBR of a disk after adding it to an RAID1 array with mdadm?

I created a RAID1 array of two disks, /dev/sda and /dev/sdb, using mdadm. After several booting problems related to the BIOS and SATA/RAID controller of the board, I accidently created some new ...
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Windows System partition in a HD different from where BIOS boots

This is a problem I solved some time ago with the bootmgr command without pain and without losing my BCDs, but the way it was working before intrigues me. I have a SSD disk and a normal SATA disk. I ...
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How do I boot into UEFI without going through Windows on my laptop?

So I installed Ubuntu on my Windows 8 laptop in a dual-boot configuration for some time, and tonight, I decided I would uninstall Ubuntu. Well, I've managed to lock myself out of Windows and I'm stuck ...
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OS Missing? Messed up the MBR on Win7 64-bit

I have a Windows 7 machine with two hard drives: a 1TB C: drive and 500GB J:. I had Windows XP installed on C: and Windows 7 installed on J:. I installed Windows 7 after Windows XP from an installer ...
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Need help upgrading OSX to Mavericks: Fix GPT and MBR after installing rEFIt

A while ago I installed Ubuntu using rEFIt on a MacBook, 2.4GHz C2D, 4GB DDR3. Sorry, I don't know the exact model. Anyway, I continued to get errors when trying to upgrade to Mavericks. Eventually, ...
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Initializing external 1TB hard disk with MBR option

I have an 1TB WD my passport hard disk(HD). I connected that HD to my laptop this morning and it didn't show in My Computer. After trying for several times, I went to disk management, and as soon as ...