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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Formatted C: from Windows 7 setup, now it won't even install

Help, I'm so confused. I did more or less what's been described here: I formatted Vista and installed Windows 7 over it. Problem is that I'm now unable to boot I'm installing Windows 7 on ...
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Why is Windows 7 not listed in “Start-up and Recovery” Options

Today when I went into Control Panel -> System and Security -> System -> Advanced System Settings -> Start-up & Recovery Settings I saw that under "Default Operating System" there is nothing ...
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How do I make a boot loader load the existing boot loader from the first partition

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Windows 7 Keeps Changing the MBR on boot (grub2)

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Multiple OS on a single machine

I have a new harddrive. I want to install XP, Vista and Windows 7 on it Is it possible and what should be the order. I have heard there is some MBR rewriting issue? Any 'simple' article/tutorials ...
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Disk Error on Boot (Possible boot sector issue)

I own a 4-5 year old Dell Dimension E510 with Windows XP: Media Center Edition. I have 2 drives installed: C Drive: Windows XP: Media Center Edition G Drive: 2 partitions: Windows 7 (beta) Windows ...
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Does EASEUS Partition Master copy the MBR when it copies partitions?

When I copy the partition to another partition using EASEUS Partition Master, does the Master Boot Record (MBR) get copied too? I need to boot from that copied partition so need to know if the MBR ...
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New SSD, is the MBR broken? DISK BOOT FAILURE

I've been running Windows 7 on a WD 500gb SATA single drive, single partition setup for some time with no issues. I've just installed a new Kingston V Series 64gb SSD and performed a clean install ...
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“Reboot and select proper boot device”?

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How do boot sectors and multiple drives works?

I don't fully understand the concept of a boot sector, I was hoping someone could clear this up for me. If you have two hard drives, with an OS installed on each, does each drive have its own boot ...
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sfdisk restore partition table if two hardisk have different sizes

What will happen if i try to restore the partition table of a larger hard disk to smaller hard disk, for example: partition table of 250GB hard disk to a 80GB hard disk using sfdisk like this. ...
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Windows 7 Keeps Changing the MBR on boot

I am having an issue with Windows 7 changing the boot order everytime I start up. I have 4 partitions: boot linux windows. Grub is installed on the boot, and boots up both operating systems fine, ...
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Match Hard Disk Partition Table?

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Upgrading Win 7 beta to final - will old MBR survive?

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Can I use any Windows installer for restoring MBR?

Can I use Windows 7 boot DVD or Windows XP CD to restore bootmgr under Vista? I don't have any DVD for Vista and it cannot be started. Or is there other way to fix it? Also would it matter if it's Win ...
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Repair windows bootmanager from within windows

How would I repair the mbr from within windows? I installed Ubuntu onto a second partition. I want to delete said partition as my need for a linux distro has now passed. Once I delete that partition ...
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How can I reorganize a partition table without deleting the partitions?

I have a partition layout like this: ext: linux root linux swap pri: windows pri: storage pri: storage I'd like to change this layout to: pri: linux root pri: linux swap pri: ...
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Remove Master Boot Code but leave Partition Table?

For testing purposes, I need to fidget with the MBR on a Windows7 test host: I'd like to remove the Master Boot Code but leave the Partition Table within. Does the following Linux command do this, or ...
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Will installing Windows on a separate disk mess up my existing MBR?

I have a spare HDD sitting around I'd like to put Win XP on; it's currently formatted/mounted as an extra NTFS volume on my Ubuntu 9.10 install. If I install XP on the drive, will it wipe-out/modify ...
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Repairing the Windows XP MBR

I had only one OS on my PC, the windowsXP. Now I tried to install fedora linux and due to some problems in between the installation could not be completed. But till that time the MBR was already been ...
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Vista - wiped MBR and HEAD of disk - how to recover?

I did something incredibly stupid. I was trying to fix some booting issues with Vista and XP (this was a dual boot system with both OSes installed), and followed some advice online rather blindly and ...
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Vista startup repair renders HD un-bootable

I'm in a bit of a trouble after trying to apply Vista SP2 on a dual-boot (GRUB, Windows Vista 32 bits and Linux OpenSUSE 11.1 x64). Here is the history: SP2 would fail to install at the last stage ...
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If I delete Vista partition, will that break the bootloader for XP?

I've got both Windows XP, Windows Vista and Ubuntu installed (on that order) on my machine, each on it's own partition. I want to recover the wasted space I've got on Vista, as I don't use it nearly ...