master boot record (MBR)

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How to install grub on the PBR instead of MBR?

I own a Mac and I want to install a triple boot. The problem is that I need to keep my windows bootloader to make sure that it works well with Mac OS. But I want Ubuntu too and if I install ubuntu, it ...
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mbr seems to be unfixable

My system (1 hdd, 2 partitions - 1=Windows, 2=Ubuntu) is not booting any longer, but when I shut it down from Ubuntu yesterday, there was no problem at all. My last try was boot-repair (with ...
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How to make UEFI Ubuntu bootable from MBR drive?

I have Ubuntu installed on an external HDD (MBR Partition Table). The USB Live Disk was UEFI and although I instructed Ubuntu installer to install Grub in external HDD it managed to install Grub in ...
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2 linux partitions, how to force one's grub menu to win?

I have 2 Ubuntu partitions Ubuntu 14.04 that is my desktop system Kubuntu 14.04 that is my development enviroment Each time Ubuntu 14.04 updates the kernel, writes his own grub menu, and each time ...
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recover lost partiton table

Wanted to add 100 mb music file to my external drive which i am using as a backup drive for important data. When the transfer was over i hit the safe remove option. Then new dialog appears saying the ...
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Would like to have Windows back

So i tried to install Ubuntu, it wasnt going wery well, so I decided to stop it. I manually stopped my computer, booted it up and I get "MBR Error 1" Insert floppy. I launched my BIOS panel, and i do ...
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Need to repair MBR without using CD

I just reinstalled Windows 7 on my PC which erased my Master Boot Record and I can't boot into my Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin partition. The computer in question is an ultrabook, so I don't have a ...
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Install Windows7 on drive with Ubuntu 12.04 already on. Is my plan good?

I have Ubuntu 12.04 working fine, but need Windows occasionally. I just wanted to check that my plan for installing would work? Any help appreciated. Current partitions are: Partition....@ File ...
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Desktop doesn't load after install/restart (dual boot)

I've just finished installing Ubuntu and Windows for dual boot on separate partitions. I installed Windows first because it's pickier about partition style (MBR) and that went fine. I shrank the disk ...
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Corrupted MBR, MBR repair does not recognise

Alright here's how I got to this point. I tried to partition my external drive so that I could install multiple OS's on it, 3 linux distros, 1 being ubuntu, and a partition for windows. So I used ...
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The partition table is corrupt

I have a corrupt the partition table on the laptop that is running Ubuntu 10.4. Before the partition table was corrupt I had the following partitions: 2 primary partitions: 1st - NTFS 2nd - Extended ...
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How can I recover Windows/Linux dualboot after install Linux Mint? [closed]

Situation: After installing Linux Mint 17.3 alongside Windows 10, I lost the ability to boot into Windows. Here is my partition table: /dev/sda2 is the Windows 10 C: partition (that is mounted ...
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Will UEFI boot with EFI partition + MBR partition table work (instead of GPT)?

Is it a requirement for a drive to use GPT partition table if wanted use UEFI boot? Or is it still possible to use MBR partition table as format for drive's partitions and have bootloader saved in a ...
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gdisk unable to write GPT table

I'm trying to recover a disk which appears to have a corrupt ID for the protective MBR. Yesterday I took a backup of the GPT and protective MBR, and dumped to file. At that time fdisk reported the ...
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How to triple boot windows 7, ubuntu 14.04, and ubuntu 14.10 (keeping windows loader if possible)

I want to be able to play around with drivers and updates without putting my primary work in danger so I want to add ubuntu 14.10 to the possible OSes I can boot into. I already have windows 7 and ...
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Installing grub for ubuntu 14.04 from ubuntu 13.10 Live DVD

I had installed windows 7 recently and thereby lost my grub. but my Linux partition is still there... I had Ubuntu 14.04 installed previously. I want to reinstall the grub from a live CD.But I don't ...
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Problem installing Ubuntu On Mbr disk Scheme not GPT

I'm having trouble installing Ubuntu on my Mbr disk scheme with windows 7 already installed on UEFI Legacy mode but when trying to manual specify partition for installation i found 3 more partitions ...
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Change the MBR without need to reinstall OS

I have Windows XP installed on my computer and Ubuntu installed alongside Windows. MBR is on the Windows NTFS partition and I now want to delete the NTFS partition and use Ubuntu as my primary OS. Is ...
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Deleted windows partition from Ubuntu and now can't boot

I recently was performing a fresh install of Windows on one of the partitions on my SSD and for some reason I decided to delete the windows boot partition from within Ubuntu before cloning over a ...
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Lost ubuntu while recovering mbr

I have Ubuntu 13.04(32 bit) and Windows 7. I restored my MBR from Ubuntu using terminal(did not use recovery CD). When I rebooted, the Windows MBR booted to Windows directly. I want to have Ubuntu ...
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Reformat a hard disk as if it were new?

I have been using Ubuntu 12.10 as a dual-boot on my primary computer, lately everything has become a bit unstable, Steam games crash often, everything has been slowing down a lot. Anyway, my computer ...
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How can I “move” GRUB?

I had the following setup on my hard disk +-----------------------------------------------------------------+ | Windows (100 GB) | Precise (20 GB) | Documents (~ 360 GB) | ...
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how to format a partition containing Master boot record in Linux 12.10?

few days ago I have installed Linux 12.10 in my 16 GB USB drive. It was working fine. After some days, I wanted USB for my other uses, so I tried to format it. Whole USB gets formatted but the ...
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If I install Ubuntu to a USB with “Universal USB Installer”, will my Windows be broken?

When I tried installing Ubuntu ISO image to my USB drive, the universal USB installer displays this message: create syslinux MBR on (H:) - existing MBR will be overwritten If I click next, will my ...
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XUbuntu 12.04 GRUB recovery after separate Windows 7 install

I have a RAID drive: /dev/mapper/isw_bjeeefeied_Lightspeed with root Linux partition at: /dev/mapper/isw_bjeeefeied_Lightspeed7. I've installed Windows 7 on the separate partition so it rewritten the ...
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Installing 12.04's boot loader on the partition boot record

I want to install ubuntu , without it touching my MBR. I plan to install ubuntu 12.04 on a particular ext3 partition and grub on the PBR of that partition. From this page: ...
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GRUB broken again

Please help, my grub is broken again, and again, I don't know why, maybe latest update, I'm not sure, it starts to annoy me. Error I get when I boot: Symbol not found: grub_divmod64_fulll And it ...
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install grub, but NOT in the mbr

you may have become tired of the question i'm about to ask, since i've already found some posts concerning my issue. however, none of those seemed to work for me. so here's the thing: my goal is to ...
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GRUB 2 Error : No such disk

I have gone through many pains to boot through my windows 7 partition. I had windows 7, then one fine day I installed Ubuntu and again formatted the partition where Ubuntu was installed only to find ...
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MBR and GPT pointing to same OS?

I understand there are a lot of questions regarding this topic of MBR partitions, GPT for UEFI, having dual OS, one with MBR and the other with GPT, but due to my own inexperience I cannot figure this ...
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GRUB Rescue Needs Emergency Murder Tech…Or A Bullet To the Bean

I used to LIKE Ubuntu, but now it's impossible to get it to work well with Windows. (That didn't come out right; Windows 7-10 is more problematic than earlier platforms). I couldn't figure out how to ...
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Chainloading MBR and UEFI using “Boot from first HDD option”

I have a laptop booted with UEFI: Windows 8.1 + Ubuntu. For the sake of curiosity, I wanted to ask: What will happen if I boot a live MBR+BIOS Ubuntu and select "Boot from first HDD" in the Grub? ...
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I broke /dev/sdb, after copy MBR from /dev/sda

I've used this command: sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1 After system reboot, there are grub errors, and I can't login to root, only guest, and /dev/sdb can't load on grub. I have ...
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recover from 'sgdisk --zap /dev/sda' (destroy GPT structures but leave MBR intact)

I just wanted to converted an old computer to an image using Clonezilla disk-to-image, but it failed because of something about GPT and MBR partition tables. But the disk contained only an install of ...
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MBR shows only 0x44 and cannot write anything to disk (MSata)

I cannot load my Windows or Linux installation anymore (Operating System not found error) after some windows updates (without me noticing), rebooting in Linux, and powering off due to battery drain. I ...
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Can I install Ubuntu on primary partition 2/3 and toggle the boot-partition for dual-boot option

I'd like to be able to install Ubuntu on a primary partition on a 'mostly Windows' machine, so I can easily automate remotely selecting one or the other. So, I start with a basic Windows box, shrink ...
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Grub fails on fresh install

I've used Ubuntu for some years (and set up) a dual boot Win7 laptop. No issues on updates or upgrades or grub. Yesterday I decided to dual setup my desktop also. And yes, first I did a full data ...
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GPT accidentaly overwrote by MBR in non-native USB SATA dock

Sorry if I miss some solution, but I can't find issue like my one, especially looking into gpart status in answers. What I have got: Seagate 4000GB 3,5" drive ST4000DM000 Probably shipped as ...
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Is there a way to fill the /boot file system of Trusty, apart from a new installation?

For the second time the install from DVD hanged stuck, while the status line was saying: "Loading boot loader." The system is then not booting (black screen), and after using chroot, grub-mkconfig ...
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Can I have a GPT partitioned SSD and an MBR partitioned HDD on the same device?

The title pretty sums it up though I am not sure if it is a valid question. And if not, can the HDD be GPT partitioned with already existing encrypted partitions?
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Install Ubuntu 14.04 after Windows 7, 2 seperate disks, searched a lot but problem unsolved

My Thinkpad has two disks, 1 gpt ssd + 1 mbr hdd. My main OS is Windows 7, which is installed in the ssd (120GB, nearly full). Now I want to install Ubuntu 14 to the hdd, I searched a lot, I tried ...
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Restore partition table changed by accident while disk in use

I managed to change partition table on my main HDD. Now, I'm afraid to reboot, because I do not want to lose my data. Here is what GParted says: And when I try to recover data: Which is ...
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Move partition from ssd disk to pendrive

I have a 128 GB SSD. There is one partition: sda1 - 12 GB. I tried to move this partition to a USB pendrive. The pendrive is 16 GB in size. I booted from a live medium and ran: dd if=/dev/sda1 ...
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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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How To Suscessfully Install Ubuntu Server From A Flash Drive?

My Aim I am trying to install Ubuntu Server 15.10 32bit onto an old PC. This is not a dual boot install nor is it to a partitioned HDD. I fully formatted the drive, including removing all partitions, ...
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Can't boot into Ubuntu after removing Windows partitions

What has happened: I had installed Windows on my hdd abdicate Ubuntu 14 on the ssd. Home and swap were also on the hdd. Then I decided to remove Windows and deleted all (exceptthe home and swap) ...
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PXE-E61 Media test failure. I think I deleted my MBR

Okay, so I was using Ubuntu for a while then all of a sudden as I was walking upstairs with my laptop it cut out, no biggie it does it all the time when I move it. Except this time it would not start ...
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Unable to resize Win partition under Ubuntu

I know my problem sounds pretty common but all advices I found on the internet did not worked for me. I try to resize partition and I cant lower its size.My previous SSD disk failed and I need to ...
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Trouble with partition on a USB flash drive

Xubuntu 14.04.3, USB flash drive 4GB. After using the standard tool for writing flash drives in Linux Mint 17.2 MATE i've installed Xubuntu, but when I decided to format the flash drive i got this: ...
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problem deleting MBR data and GPT data

I am trying to install Ubuntu alongside windows 8 for the first time so I know nothing about Ubuntu and I deleted what so-called MBR or GPT data or both using Ubuntu live by typing (sudo gdisk ...