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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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. ...
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Recover truecrypt partition without MBR + recovery disk?

I destroyed my mbr and have no truecrypt rescue disk. However, I do know my password and my encryption setup (e.g. hashing functions and ciphers used). This happened after an upgrade to version 7.0a ...
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Restore MBR on a Toshiba Satellite Click Mini laptop with Windows 8 after uninstalling Debian 8 using EasyBCD

The Toshiba Satellite Click Mini is a special computer, it doesn't have any CD/DVD drive and the BIOS is special and very limited, it looks like this: When I select "Enter Setup" I have a menu like ...
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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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Moving MBR on old HDD to new SSD

After running into some problems tonight (that I was able to fix), I discovered that during the Windows 8 installation, the MBR was placed on my HDD (running Windows 7) that was in the system at the ...
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Corrupted Windows 8 MBR, recovery disk's repair tools fail

I'm using Windows 8 64 bit on an ASUS N56 Laptop. I was attempting to upgrade to Windows 8.1 and the installation was interrupted. Attempted System Restore, which didn't work. Long story short, I ...
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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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Recover data from Dynamic Disk (MBR) bigger than 2TB

Here is the situation: Promise Array FastTrak TX4310 with 3 disks (750 GB each) in RAID5. This comes to around 1500 GB of data. Last week I had the idea of expanding the RAID with an additional 750 ...
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After a hard restart, I am unable to repair the MBR of my BitLocked drive and don't have the key

Why would Microsoft not build in a password entry widget into the repair process? How can I save my data? I've tried everything I can think of. Windows 8.1 Pro (not sure if version N or not, not ...
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How to restore a copy of an MBR back to the original HDD with Windows 7?

This topic is related to my questions 1 and 2, however as I've entered yet another phase of this complex issue, I must ask another standalone question: How can we copy back an MBR to an HDD with ...
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Booting Windows and Linux across two physical drives

I'm trying to get Windows 7 and Kali Linux bootable on an old laptop, but there are a few considerations that are making it difficult: 1) Windows 7 is on an SSD, while I installed Kali on the ...
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Windows 7 installation - setup was unable to create a system partition or locate an existing partition

I am trying to install Windows 7 from a bootable USB drive. I encountered the following error after selecting the partition to install Windows on: Setup was unable to create a system partition or ...
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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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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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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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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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Trying windows 7 dual boot on a windows 8 machine

I have a ThinkPad (T530) with Windows 8.1 with one HDD and this is what I have done to achieve dual boot with Windows 7 on this machine - On my main and only hard disk I created a new volume ...
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3TB Hard drive stops reading/locks up after a few minutes of use

This has been driving me a little batty lately as i dont understand enough to fix the problem. My HTPC (Windows 7Pro 32bit) currently has two USB HDD plugged in under separate ports. The 2TB is a ...
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Backing up MBR - why not restoring the boot code?

I've seen two pages explaining how to backup & restore the MBR: Linux: How to backup hard disk partition table (MBR) UNIX / Linux: Copy Master Boot Record (MBR) They've shown an example with ...
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MBRs, VBRs, and partitioning of storage devices: how and why they vary across device-types?

The wikipedia entry for Boot Sector says this, CD- ROMs usually have their own structure of boot sectors, for IBM PC compatible systems this is subject to El Torito specifications. ...
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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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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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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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GRUB2 rescue boot into windows

I had got 2 partitions on my harddrive: 1. win7; 2. Ubuntu 11.10; As it can be predicted the GRUB loader was in the second partition and this partition was formated from ext4 to ntfs. Now I get this ...
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Windows 7 not booting, could not restore boot record

After not using Windows 7 for a month (and a few Ubuntu 11.10 updates being applied), I found I'm no longer able to boot from GRUB2 to Windows. I've tried to reinstall GRUB2, and have done some other ...
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macbook rEFIt dual boot mbr issue

I have ubuntu and osx installed on my macbook. It was working fine up until recently. Now, when I boot I have a 20 second period where it makes the mac boot noise and then proceeds to show a grey ...
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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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Booting Win7, GPT and MBR disks setup

I've got the following setup in the PC: Old disk: formatted with MBR, New disk: formatted with GPT Both have Win 7 installed are are booting fine on their own (in legacy or EFI mode, respectively). ...
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HDD - MBR or LBA corrupted, can it be recreated?

I have to recover an IDE Hard drive with some logical damage. After connecting it as external drive using an IDE-USB interface, I encountered the following: - Number of sectors seems to be zero - In ...
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How to install Windows XP x64 manually?

OK so my question is simple I've a nice build of Windows 10 and OpenSuse and all my partitions are put in order which I don't want to risk loosing, letting about 10 years old OS managing those stuff. ...
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Re-installing MBR (Master Boot Record) on Windows 7

I have GRUB installed on MBR for dual booting with GNU/Linux. However, now I want to delete my linux partition, and go back to using Windows 7 MBR. How do I re-install MBR while logged on Windows 7, ...
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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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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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Does formatting the disk rewrite MBR (master boot record)?

The title says it all. I want to know whether MBR is overwritten after a Windows clean installation.
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how can i install windows 7 parallel to 10?

so i wanted to upgrade my laptop windows from 7 (which it came with) to 8.1, i couldn't do that because the HDD was in MBR format so i had to change it to GPT and so i did, now i'm on windows 10 i ...
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Add boot entry to MBR for USB — Non Specific to OS - Use EasyBcd Ireboot to reboot to USB

So I am toying with installing Grub and editing Grub configs from Windows to get the same end goal, but it would be easier/better to use Microsoft products since I am not dual booting Linux. The end ...
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How to reformat a hard disk that was previously in a RAID configuration?

I have 2 internal Seagate SATA hard disks that were, at evidence as far as I can judge, mounted in a RAID configuration. These disk have been given to me and were used on another computer. The 2 disks ...
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Software RAID setup on an MBR drive

In Mike Meyers' CompTIA A+ book when talking about different partitioning schemes, he says "A dynamic disk volume is still technically technically a partition, but it can do things a regular ...
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Can I use ubuntu's Boot-Repair to fix windows MBR after CentOS wiped It?

CentOS's still cannot recognize the newer Windows 8.1/10 partitions and I have to look for a tool to repair MBR after install CentOS as my desktop OS. Could you point me in the right direction?
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Ubuntu, unable to boot from CD, option missing in BIOS and grub

some time ago I switch from windows to ubuntu and at that time, I formated my hdd and created new partitions. NAME FSTYPE SIZE MOUNTPOINT LABEL sda 698,7G ...
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My harddrive partitions are lost during attempting to install centOS 6.6. How to get back?

I had a windows 7 installation. I wanted to dual boot with centOS. So I separated a space for centOS and created root and swap areas. Then I installed centOS 6.6 normally. But it was not dual ...
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Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 GUID MBR

I have a Windows 7 Ultimate x64 machine with a UEFI/SecureBoot capable BIOS. How can I upgrade to Windows 10 and also utilize the UEFI/SecureBoot capability since my current Windows 7 installation ...
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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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Use 4TB partition with old NTFS-3G which doesn't support GPT and RAID

I've a D-Link Router (2750U) which has a USB port and FTP Server. I've also a 4TB External H.D.D which I want to use as one partition with this Router as my home cloud. I don't want to split this ...
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How can I create a partition in a the GPT formated drive on OS X, which then results as a GPT partition and not MBR partition?

Looking around on how to install windows 8 or 10 on bootcamp I got the famous error from windows installer telling me I need a drive formatted as GPT an not as MBR. Actually I can't understand why ...
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Operating system not found. MBR possibly damanged

I get a can't find operating system message when starting my laptop. I was able to boot into the Windows 7 recovery tools loaded onto a USB. Using diskpart, I noticed my partitions show RAW as the ...
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How to boot Win 7 after uninstall partition MBR or GPT of Win 8 PC

i have a ASUS Laptop (windows 8.1). Now i already deleted windows 8 Operating System. now can't Install windows 7 Operating System. after selested partition disk have message "can't install".. So can ...
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Debian 8 Installer (partman) doesn't detect Hard Disk Drives on Ultrabook, but all other linux commands (fdisk -l, lsblk…) does detect

I'm installing Debian 8.0.0 and 8.1.0 (both amd64) on a Ultrabook (Dell Inspiron 14z 5423) which has both a SSD and a SATA HDD. During the install, when it asks for partitioning, I choose "manual" ...
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Why does Windows keep resetting BCDEdits

I have this Windows 7 machine. System Reserve is C: and main partition with OS files is D:. I used BCDEdit to set {default} from the C: to the D: rebooted 3 times and no issues. A day latter it got ...
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External USB disks and logical sector size

I have a WD Green 3.0TB in an external USB enclosure. I wanted to replace the disk with a Green 6.0TB. The USB enclosure is usually connected to a device that only understands FAT32 and MBR, so ...