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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Get Windows 7 to boot again

History Originally only Windows 7 was installed on a partition. The first partition was a 100MB recovery partition while the Windows OS and data files was on the second partition. Then I installed ...
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BIOS with 'no issue UEFICompliant' support for GPT partition tables

I would like to change my hard drive partition table from MBR to GPT, (since MBR supports 4 primary partitions). After some searching, I discovered C:\Windows\Panther\setupacl.log, and found a few ...
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How to fix mbr if I can't get to the cmd or terminal, and I deleted grub?

Problem I removed the GRUB, BUT in Windows disk management, I started to delete the first (of four) Linux partitions and after I got tired of waiting, I restarted the PC during the deletion ...
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Cannot Install Bootcamp on Mac Fusion Drive

I have two drive installed in my mid-2013 Macbook pro. It is running osx maverick. I set the two drives (an ssd and a regular HD) up using the fusion drive (following the diy fusion drive guides out ...
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How to fix Truecrypt MBR using Command Prompt or Linux live USB?

I was playing with TrueCrypt and decided to make a fresh installation of Windows 7 from USB stick. Unfortunately Windows 7 installer: "setup was unable to create a new system partition" My entire ...
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Why does GParted make my flash disk bootable? If not malware then what?

I did sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda where /dev/sda is my flash disk. /dev/sda was all zeros after this. Then I created a partition table with GParted on the flash disk. I made no other changes. Now ...
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Way to get back formatted Windows MBR partition in dual boot system

I have a Dual boot system and accidentally formatted Windows MBR partition while trying to format a USB (via disks utility). Now I am not able to boot into Windows. My grub doesn't show Windows ...
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Bootloop on Dell Latitude E7440 Win7 Pro x64 after FUD

I had my SSD set up with full disk encryption using diskcryptor, worked fine for a good while. Then it got stuck in a Startup Repair bootloop. Nothing I can think of that caused it. I removed the ...
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Install Windows 10 on an EFI / hybrid MBR Macbook?

I have an 2011 macbook which has been updated to EFI 1.7. Bootcamp sets up a hybrid MBR to support Windows 7. I need to install Windows 10 on this hybrid MBR setup instead of an EFI/GPT setup ...
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Fix MS-DOS MBR Without DOS Boot Disk

How can I restore the MBR for MS-DOS without having an MS-DOS boot disk or floppy drive. Ideally, I would like to be able to do this from a Windows 7 Win PE disk. The only solutions I've found online ...
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Clonezilla fails at cloning with mismatched GPT and MBR partition

I got this message: This disk contains mismatched GPT and MBR partition: /dev/sda Clonezilla's FAQ says: You might have installed an OS with GPT partition table, and later overwrite the ...
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Does the 2 terabyte limit for MBR apply to a partition or the entire disk?

This is really unclear from what I read. I have a 3TB secondary hard drive, but I want to install Windows 7 on that (for dual boot). I have an old BIOS so UEFI is not an option. I understand MBR only ...
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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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How to correct 512-byte sector MBR on a 4096-byte sector disk?

Final update: I already knew what I needed to do to fix this problem; I just didn't know how to do it. I was hoping there would be some ready-made tool to do that automatically - but couldn't find ...
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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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How can a MBR formatted hard drive exceed 1.81 TiB capacity?

I recently purchased an external disk drive with 3 terabytes (2.72 TiB) of storage capacity. Now according to Wikipedia's article on MBR, the maximum addressable storage space on a disk formatted ...
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Booting with MBR in UEFI (No CSM mode at all)?

I'm asking here since I can't find a clear and definite answer to if it is possible to boot with an MBR partitioned hard drive in an UEFI-only environment. I've read this question but it is still ...
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Did I lose my data by converting HDD from GPT to MBR? [duplicate]

I tried to install Windows, which required an MBR disk instead of a GPT. I converted GPT to MBR using diskpart utility. After that all my logical disks disappeared and only one (with total amount of ...
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UEFI boot and data disk

I'm on Windows 10 and I'm ready to convert to UEFI boot, but I want to know, if I need to have all my disks with GPT or only disk from which I will boot. Because my data disk is really full and ...
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Getting error: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style

I am trying to reinstall Windows 10 on my friends machine from bootable USB. Following is what I have done till now: I created bootable USB using Windows 10 ISO and Rufus with GPT Partition scheme ...
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Do I have to have my OS installed with UEFI to convert my system HDD from MBR to GPT without data loss?

So as of right now I have a PC with a BIOS-only mainboard (Gigabyte 775 - GA-P35-DS3) with which I installed Windows 10 64bit on my 4TB hard drive with MBR. Now I'd like to buy a new mainboard with ...
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First 32KB of logical partitions. What is there? Consequences of allowing/limiting access to it

This is a very low level disk question, and I have only been working with this stuff for a short time, and it is quite a different learning experience, so pardon any carelessness with terms, ...
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Windows 8 install on MBR

I have a Notebook that dual-boots Arch Linux and Windows 8 via GRUB. After swapping hard drives, Windows couldn't boot anymore, and I've spent hours on fixing this to no avail. (I've cloned everything ...
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Windows 8 won't boot, BCD error

My Windows 8 laptop has a boot problem. When Windows tries to boot, I get this error message: Boot configuration data is missing File: \BCD Error code: 0xc0000034 So as suggested I booted to ...
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Disk boot failure in Windows 7 64-bit after installing the latest NVIDIA drivers

I successfully installed the newest NVIDIA drivers (275.33) in Windows 7 64-bit and rebooted afterwards just in case. After the reboot, I got an error about missing MBR. I disconnected the slave disk ...
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How to repair a Windows7 boot sector on a secondary hard disk?

I am trying to rescue a damaged Windows7 here. Unfortunately, its boot record is corrupt (but its partition table is okay, only its boot code is bad). I've put its hard disk into a working Windows ...
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How would I know if a hard drive was jeopardized by a power surge?

I have a hard drive, from which I have rebuilt the MBR and Boot Sector. I was able to recover the data. My client's computer and data were easily visible prior to a power surge in the home. She would ...
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replace efi firmware with old legacy bios?

So I bought a new laptop with 64-bit windows 8 pre-installed, and in preparation for downgrading to win7 32-bit, i've been reading about EFI and MBR etc.. It seems like the firmware which boots disks ...
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HDD Stopped Responding

I have an external 500GB hard drive containing a WD Scorpio Black, used all as one partition, encrypted with BitLocker and runs very well. This morning I connected it to my PC, it asked for BitLocker ...
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Potential problems with Seagate DiskWizard when extending beyond 2TB with MBR

A bit of an oldy, but couldn't find an answer to my exact question. My motherboard doesn't support UEFI but I want to boot from my 4TB Hard Drive and use it all. I heard Seagate DiskWizard allows ...
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Messed up my MBR, can't boot from hard drive

can you help me please? I messed up my boot partition and I don't really know how. I tried to install grub wherever I could and accidentally formatted MBR. Bootrec.exe /FixBoot doesn't work Ubuntu ...
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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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Can external HDD be larger than 2TB with MBR?

I want to expand my media player’s storage with a 4 TB external HDD. The media player does not support GPT, however, just MBR. I read that MBR only allows a maximum partition size of 2 TB. Are ...
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I created a Windows To Go hard drive and it requires legacy boot

I used AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 6.0 to create a Windows To Go hard drive (MBR, 4 partitions, Toshiba USB 3.0 v73600-H 2TB) Click for screenshot. I am able to boot to my hard ...
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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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How to fix Windows 10 boot loader from Windows

I installed Ubuntu on system that has Windows 10 installed. I can boot to Windows or Ubuntu normally using GRUB. I want to delete Ubuntu partition but first I must restore Windows 10 MBR. Here ...
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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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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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How do I recover the MBR on a Thinkpad t420?

After a messy Linux upgrade of my dual boot Lenovo T420 I ended up with GRUB replacing my MBR. Everything works fine: I can boot both Linux and Windows; the only thing different from before is that ...
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Windows 10 vs Windows 7 GPT filesystem incompatibility?

Good evening, I've got a dual boot system with Windows 10 and Windows 7 installed on one HD, and my second HD is an empty one for storing multimedia and games. Both disks are formatted as GPT. I've ...
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convert logical to primary getting “the operation could not be completed there is no empty slot in mbr”

I have Sony VAIO with Windows7 premium 64-bit and I'm trying to get more free space for drive C -which has only around 8 Gigs free, while I had 48 Gigs free on drive D- so I was thinking of merging ...
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Can rEFInd be forced to replace boot code in a MBR?

Is there a way to force rEFInd to replace the boot code in the MBR before preforming a BIOS boot of the Windows operating system on a Mac computer? I understand that if the first 440 bytes in the MBR ...
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Get correct Windows partition back in Grub

Model: HP Compaq Mini 32 bit. Device: Samsung Evo SSD 120 GB. OS: Dual boot --> Linux Mint 17.1 Xfce & Windows 7 Starter. TLDR: Fixed Grub + got Mint back using parted rescue; win7 reboots or ...
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Windows 8.1 freeze on startup - Dell Inspiron 15 (7537)

I have a huge problem. (Sorry for my english) The day befoe yesterday I had a Dell Update shown up on my taskbar, I approved it, it ran, and after that I could not turn my laptop on. When I try to ...
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How do I deploy Windows 7 to UEFI or really boot in legacy mode?

I used to deploy a windows 7 image to computers using clonezilla, after creating two partitions and setting the bootable flag on the system partition. Now however, I've got some computers with an ...
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Bootloaders - Booting an MBR only OS using a UEFI only BIOS

A long time ago, in a computer lab far far away, I stumbled upon a bootloader which dared to cross the boundaries between MBR and EFI. It's name was Clover. Using clover, you could boot any number ...
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MBR max of 2TiB on each partition or on disk?

A quick point of clarification needed. With the MBR Maketecheasier.com says each partition can only go up to a maximum of 2TB in size The Differences Between MBR and GPT But IBM's ...
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Broke MBR & Grub2 on Multi-Boot System

For all those out there looking for a challenge, this is the most messed up hard-drive I will probably ever have to deal with. So to make solving this massive problem as easy as possible, I am going ...
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Computer boots up into 'startup repair' after running disk cleanup

I ran the 'disk cleanup' utility in Windows, and it found 80GB of temp files. This was fishy, since my disk is only 128GB and definitely did not have 80GB worth of temp files, but I let it run ...
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How to repair boot in a dual boot setup with two Windows 7?

I installed a second Windows 7 installation on a separate hard drive on a computer that already had a Windows 7 installation. Initially all worked great - each time I restarted I received a boot menu ...