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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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? ...
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windows can't startup error 0x490

My workstation has run into a windows startup problem and I would really appreciate any sort of help. 1.When i start windows it goes till the splash screen and then I see the blue screen for a ...
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MacBook Pro 8,1 triple boot, rEFIt not showing, Mac only boots on windows

I'm new to Mac multi booting. I've just installed a triple boot (OS X Mountain Lion + Ubuntu 12.04 + Windows 7 Ultimate) on my MacBook Pro 8,1. Everything went more or less right. I had the rEFIt ...
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Can the Lenovo Thinkvantage button be disabled to avoid the need for a custom Thinkpad MBR?

I've migrated to an SSD, but no MBR magic I try works to bootup WinXP from my Lenovo T500. The problem seems to be that a Lenovo laptop requires a custom MBR to provide functionality from the ...
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Suspected Corrupted Windows 7 MBR?

So, this may not be the correct place to put up my question, but i'll give it a shot. I'm having an issue repairing this computer. It was brought to me with the described issue of 'Not turning on' ...
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How can I duplicate HBCD's XP boot loader with my MBR?

I'm stumped. I'm migrating a Win XP Lenovo T500 to an SSD: I copied the XP partition using EaseUS to the SSD. Aligned the boot sector using Gparted The MBR needs to be rebuilt (fair enough) ...
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How to install Windows 8 boot manager in a different partition?

The last time I installed Windows 7, the boot manager automatically got installed in a small hidden partition, and the main os into another partition. So, formatting the C: won't affect the boot ...
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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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Upgrading to UEFI / GPT / Windows 8

I've recently upgraded from Windows 7 / VMware to Windows8 / Hyper-V with my Dell M6600 and I'm really please with the result. I admit though I like to run the latest stuff so I was wondering is ...
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Remove or Disable MBR from old C:\ Drive

Using a USB to Sata connection from an old XP box, is it possible to remove/disable the MBR\boot sector on a drive pulled from a Win7 box? C: - I can see the drive and folders and such on my XP box, ...
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How do I edit the partition boot record?

I have a computer with 2 partitions, and I wanted to have Ubuntu on one partition (of 200GB) and Windows on the other(of 800GB), so I began installing windows on the 200GB one (by accident) I then ...
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Will Win7 ImageCreate overwrite the MBR?

Using Win7 64bit. If i use the Win7 Image Create in the backup/restore app, when i go to re-install the image will it competely overwrite everything, including the MBR??? I want to be able to do ...
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Linux: install GRUB on an external drive destined for another machine

I have a hard disk that's failing, so before it dies completely and I have to resort to backups I want to copy everything (OS and all) onto a new disk, and put that back in the machine the failing ...
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Error loading operating system WinXP Pro

So im getting the error "Error loading operating system" when the computer tries to boot to a fresh install of WinXP Pro. To get to this point, I: Shrunk the only partition with Gparted to 33GB ...
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Possible HDD malfunction. Need help in diagnosing

Today when using my PC as I did for almost 4 years I experienced the following: during opening new tab in Opera browser screen froze. Music (AIMP 3) continued to play for about 5 minutes and then ...
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How to easily remove Win7 MBR? (I always boot TrueCrypt loader from a CD-R)

To mitigate damage from a virus infecting a Windows 7 MBR I boot into TrueCrypt encrypted windows from a CD (changed BIOS to boot CD first). I plan to boot other Operating Systems from external hard ...
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How can I fix the MBR after cloning a Windows XP installation?

I have a dual boot system on a 320GB HDD that contains 3 partitions. The first partition contains a Windows XP installation for tests, the second partition holds another XP install for daily use. The ...
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Installing Windows 8 from a Hard Drive forces it to be a dependend drive to load Windows

I wanted to do a clean install of Windows 8 using a hard drive as an installation medium to a clean separate hard drive. Here is an initial hard drive config: A Windows 7 (I boot from it by default) ...
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Windows (using UEFI boot on GPT disk) will no longer boot after adding an MBR hard disk

I have recently installed Windows 7 64 bit on a new SSD using UEFI boot and GPT. The system worked fine. After adding my old system HD to the system (that uses MBR), Windows will no longer boot ...
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windows 8 release preview and GRUB

On my pc I have Windows 7 on the primary partition, Linux Mint 12 on a logic partition and windows 8 release preview in an extended partition. When I installed w8 it has overwritten GRUB and ...
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Why is my Windows 7 installation failing when a new bootable Linux drive is inserted?

Ok so I just got a new SSD for my laptop. I have installed Windows 7 on the SSD and can successfully boot into Windows 7. I took the SSD out and put in the normal hard drive and installed Ubuntu onto ...
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Can't boot from HDD on HP NC8000, but booting from HDD via HirensBootCD works ok

I've moved my old 160 GB Samsung harddrive from my old notebook Compaq EVO N1020V to HP NC8000. Now it do not boots. It's mounted in internal bay and BIOS is set to boot from hardrive first. I've got ...
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SSD missing boot record

I just bought an OCZ 120gb Agility 3 SSD for my Dell XPS 15 (L501X). I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Professional and had no issues for about a day or two. After doing some Windows updates, ...
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BSODs while unattended and MBR issues

This is a slightly long preface: I just bought an OCZ 120gb Agility 3 SSD for my Dell XPS 15 (L501X). Installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Professional, had no issues for about a day or 2. After ...
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Would a 7z archive and a copy of the MBR be a complete disk backup?

Consider a disk with a single NTFS C: partition and Windows installed on it. If I were to make a 7z archive of the partition, and grab the MBR via some tool (then store it in a file), would this be a ...
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How do I fix my MBR?

I have a Windows 7 dvd but when I try all the methods of repair none of them work. My main OS that is currently 'missing' is Windows 8 with Ubuntu dual boot.
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Recovering damaged external hard disk by installing internally

I had a 1TB Western Digital (My book series) 3.5" USB3. One day, the SATA to USB3 converter board was damaged and has not worked since. I decided to open the cover and use the HDD as an internal ...
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Will Windows 8 install on MBR?

So will Windows 8 install on a disk which is of partition scheme MBR? Also, can there be anything like MBR and UEFI? (Isn't it GPT + UEFI?) Do the First Generation of Intel Core (i3,i5,i7) support ...
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Clone a Windows Installation to a 3TB Hard Drive; MBR to GPT

I have Windows 7 Professional 64-bit installed on my desktop. Unfortunately for me and my wallet my hard drive is failing. I have purchased a 3TB hard drive as a replacement for my current 2TB ...
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Accidentally mounted a ReiserFS drive as MBR on my windows box - how do I recover?

I had a WD Netcenter with a 160GB drive that kept dropping off the network. I opened up the enclosure and removed the hard drive, connected to a Windows box without knowing the drive used ReiserFS.... ...
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How to control the PXE boot behaviour from a Windows Deployment Server?

I have recently seen an IT setup where the Windows Clients start in PXE mode, get an IP via DHCP and then boot from the first HDD. Now the admins have the possibility to say remotely next time the ...
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Restoring MBR, partition table, and boot sector of memory card without data loss (“USBC”)

Abstract I have a FAT32 memory card that when inserted into a computer causes Windows to prompt to format it. The card is definitely not supposed to be blank and has a bunch of files on it. Symptoms ...
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MBR status confusion

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