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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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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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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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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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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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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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 do I create an MBR on a USB stick using DD command line tool

Okay I'm trying to create a BOOTABLE Windows7 image on a USB key from a Mac running Lion. My image is .iso format. I tried: sudo dd if=/Users/myusername/Win7.iso of=/dev/disk1 bs=1m And this ...
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How to see if USB stick has MBR?

I have a USB stick supposed to be bootable, but the computer does not boot it. I suspect that there is no MBR (Master Boot Record). How do I test if this is so, preferably from command line in ...
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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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How do I restore my Master Boot Record?

I have installed Autocad 2011 trial on my system and then I found out that Autocad Changes the MBR. (see here) Now I want to restore my MBR to before last time of installing autocad 2011 trial (in ...
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What is hd0 and sda/sdb in Linux?

I'm completely new to Linux, and am using Ubuntu 10.04. I'm confused when to use what (hdx,y) to represent which hard drive. I have 2 hard drives, the first one is identified as /dev/sda (in Disk ...
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GRUB in MBR or Partition?

where should i install GRUB? MBR or Partition Boot Sector? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each approach? Also, if we install the GRUB in the Partition Boot Sector then how the boot ...
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Using GParted to convert GPT to MBR without access to an OS

I wiped my Windows 8 thinking I could install Windows 7 x86 but I can't because the disk is GPT. I need to convert to MBR. I'm trying to use GParted to convert to MBR but it seems GParted can only ...
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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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How to chain GRUB2 for Ubuntu 10.04 from Truecrypt & its bootloader (multi boot alongside Windows XP partition)?

I want Truecrypt to ask for password for Windows XP as usual but with the standard [ESC] option, on selecting that, i.e via Escape key, I want it to find the grub for the (unencrypted) Ubuntu install. ...
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What needs updating when moving a bootable Windows 7 (or Vista) partition?

When I move a bootable NTFS partition with Windows on it to a different block offset, what needs updating to make it bootable again? Background: I plan to write a program that performs the necessary ...
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MBR: How does BIOS decide if a drive is bootable or not?

While trying to answer this question on askubuntu: How do I Uninstall GRUB I read the Wikipedia article on MBR and also the perfect answer on a somewhat related question here on Superuser, however, ...
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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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How to uninstall GRUB and get windows 7 bootloader back?

I have windows 7 home premium currently installed and I have just recently installed Linux Mint and it has replaced my MBR with GRUB. Is there any way I can restore the normal Windows 7 Boot Loader ...
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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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GParted errors on MBR Disk, Claims it's GPT. (It's mistaken, but why?)

It's very tempting for me to go on a rant here about GParted and Linux, but I'll do my best to avoid it. :) Question: Why does GParted claim that my disk is corrupted and GPT, whereas the Disk ...
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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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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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Can only see 1.6 tb with an 4 x 4tb raid 0

Im trying to have window see my raid 0 array. Please also note that I did research on google before coming on here. Ok so i just bought a z87-deluxe Dual and trying to set 4 x 4tb drive in a raid 0 ...
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Win8x64, after format/upgrade from Win7x86, “GPT Protective Partition” on secondary drive

I backed up all important data prior to formatting the C: drive, but I cannot read the backup drive after reinstalling Windows. More details provided after the screenshots. Additionally As you ...
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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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Fixing windows MBR without Vista Recovery CD

I had Windows Vista + Ubuntu running on my system. I deleted the ubuntu partitions from Windows. However, when I start the system, GRUB throws up an Error 22 (missing partition) and does not let me ...
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How do I get my system to find a “buried” MBR?

Following a botched Linux install, my Windows 7 install can't find my MBR normally. It's in there -- somewhere -- and I CAN access it if I use F12 during boot to access the mobo boot options: Note ...
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Is it possible to have more than one MBR in a system?

To my understanding, an MBR on a single device (i.e. hard drive) outlines the primary partitions on that device as well as provides code that can be injected into it that points to the boot loader for ...
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How to scan and remove MBR viruses?

Once I read that the Windows 7 installation disc could clean an infected MBR. I also found an article that suggested one tool to scan the MBR for viruses. And I also read that one MBR virus could ...
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Convert a GPT disk to MBR from XP

So I took some files with me on my external HDD while going on vacation. Through a series of events, I ended up storing the data in a NTFS formatted partition defined in a GUID Partition Table. The ...
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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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Dual booting Windows 2k3 Server and Linux MBR

I have Windows Server 2003 and Linux installed on one hard drive [on separate partitions]. My first partition is the linux boot partition, and maintains Grub. When I boot the Windows partition and ...
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Restore Win 7 MBR without Recovery/Install Disc

Here is what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to switch my Primary OS drive from a larger hard drive (1TB) to a smaller hard drive (64GB SSD). All my data only totals up to +/- 35GB, which should fit on ...
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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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what is difference between gpt partition and mbr partition and where structure differs?

Where GPT table using and MBR partition table using. Windows 8 installing and booting in UEFI mode so it is supporting GPT partition style so we can create 128 primary partitions using windows8? can ...
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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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MBR vs GPT (Logical Block Addressing)

Going through MBR/GPT I'm a bit confused on the transition from MBR (2^32) to GPT (2^64). If you breakdown the history from CHS-to-LBA addressing: CHS (24Bits) - 8GB Limit (1979 - Introduced with ...
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Repair Windows 7 MBR with Hiren's Boot CD

I would like to repair my Windows 7 MBR using Hiren's Boot CD 15.1. I want to know the generic method, using this CD, to fix an MBR that is hypothetically "toast". This hypothetical HD is as ...
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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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Overwrote Bitlocker MBR

I'm not sure exactly how I overwrote it, but I was writing a floppy image to a floppy disk (using a USB floppy drive), and somehow I inadvertently wrote the floppy disk to my primary hard disk which I ...
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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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windows 7 not booting after ubuntu partition deletion

I had on my laptop windows 7 and ubuntu server 9.10 (the partition with windows 7 was automatically selected at boot time). Today I wanted to install ubuntu 10.4, and for that I deleted the 9.10 ...
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How do I install GRUB to a USB drive using Windows Vista?

I'm trying to build my recovery usb key drive. I'd like to use GRUB as my bootloader. How do I install GRUB to my usb's MBR? Lots of examples out there seem to expect I'm running Linux.
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Half-installed Windows 7, how to restore Windows XP bootloader

I was going to install Windows 7 on my old pc, however I decided against it half way through the installation (just after first reboot) and I cancelled it. Then I worked out that I can press F8 then ...
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Grub2 MBR vs. Windows MBR

I have an HP system that came with Vista installed and also a hidden restore partition. I subsequently upgraded to Win7(32 bit) Ultimate, and from there to Win7 Pro. Now the hard drive is failing. ...
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Recovering files when Windows 7 MBR has been corrupted

System Stats: Type: 64-Bit Desktop; OS: Windows 7 Premium; HD: Seagate Barracuda 750GB, S.M.A.R.T. Enabled. History: There is the complex situation I'm dealing with, I'll do my best to break it ...
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How to import existing Linux partition into VirtualBox as guest?

I recently upgraded to Windows 7 (from Windows Vista). I assumed, unwisely, that because it was an upgrade it wouldn't need to screw around with the MBR. However, it apparently did, with the result ...
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How do I fix my MBR when windows 7 system recovery shows no drive

I accidentally pulled the power plug when my system was starting up, and I started to get a boot error after POST. Something like "something not found, insert a bootable disk and press enter" So I ...
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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 ...