master boot record (MBR)

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Grub was not installed properly during installation of 14.04 [duplicate]

Have a HP Probook 4310s with windows 7. It previously had 4 partitions (C:, SYSTEM, HP_RECOVERY, HP_TOOLS). I backed up the HP_TOOLS partition and removed the partition. I then partitioned C: to ...
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Grub Customizer Submenu Not Working

To begin I will confess that I am relatively new to Ubuntu, so much of this is a learning experience for me but a learning experience I am open to nonetheless. My problem largely is that when ...
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Ubuntu update overwrote MBR, but did it make backup?

I had Ubuntu 12.04 (32-bit) with Windows 7 working with multiboot setup on computer with McAfee Endpoint Encryption. Only Windows 7 partition was encrypted together with MEE bootloader being on MBR. I ...
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Alternative To DD For Back/Restore Of MBR

I need a program that can backup/restore an MBR so that if I have boot problems related to such I can just restore it. I'm aware that DD can be used for this, but I'm looking for an alternative tool, ...
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“Reboot or select proper boot device” Error after install Ubuntu on Win 8 Drive

I have a Gateway DX4885 machine that came with a new install of Windows 8. Upon receiving the computer I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04LTS desktop, using the format tool in the Ubuntu install ...
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Uninstalling Ubuntu 12.04

I installed Ubuntu alongside my Windows 8 in a dual boot set-up but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would and now I would like to remove it. I have read over steps to do this ( restoring MBR ...
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wubildr.mbr missing or corrupt error while installing Ubuntu using Wubi in Windows 8 [duplicate]

I have installed Ubuntu to my external drive using Wubi, but, when I choose to run Ubuntu, it says that \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr is either missing or corrupt. I am currently attempting to do a disk ...
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I need Plan of Attack! Please help

I need for someone to help me creating a plan of attack ; ) Purpose: Setting up dual booting = Windows 8.1 + Ubuntu 13.10. Present status: Both OSs are installed in a different hard disks, with ...
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How do I check if a GPT or MBR partition table is being used? [duplicate]

I understand that GPT (GUID Partition Table) is the newer partition table format, and that it supports having many primary partitions. How can I check if a GPT or MBR partition table is being used?
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Can I restore GPT info from MBR ?

I had a problem where my ubuntu installer would not recognize my windows partition, so i looked it up, and someone suggested 'zapping' GPT from my hdd with sudo gdisc /dev/sdb followed by x, z, y, n. ...
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After restoring partition with TestDisk, need to restore MBR

I accidentally trashed my partition while trying to wipe a USB flash drive. Here is the command that I ran: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=1M count=1 After that disaster, my computer would not ...
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Windows 7 not working after installing linux

I recently tried installing Ubuntu onto an external hard drive and if messed up my MBR. The first time I did it I was able to fix the MBR using my Windows 7 install disc. Now when I try to use the ...
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Restore Windows 8.1 MBR from Ubuntu

I had Windows 8.1 and i was booting using UEFI. I installed Ubuntu 13.10 in Legacy BIOS and than i was trying to convert it in EFI using this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI Converting Ubuntu ...
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I can't boot into windows anymore!

A few weeks ago I set my computer up to dual boot Ubuntu 13.10 and Windows 7 Pro. Everything worked fine, but I found the hassle of switching between OSs annoying. Since I prefer Windows 7 I decided ...
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Restoring the MBR

While following instructions from this page I accidentally deleted the MBR. I do however still have a backup of the MBR. I tried to resore it using the following command $dd if=MBR-backup of=/dev/hdx ...
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Alter MBR order of partitions after copying partitions to larger drive

I have a new 1TB laptop drive that I want to clone an existing drive to. The issue is that I want to reorder and resize the existing partitions. The existing partition table for the drive is ...
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Can't re-install windows 8 after installing Ubuntu on a uefi laptop

Hi i am using a Samsung laptop which had windows 8 pre-installed. It has a UEFI motherboard and secure boot. It also has a hybrid HDD, so it has a 20GB ssd for the OS as well as a HDD. I have made a ...
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Can't remove GPT data from MBR

I am having difficulty getting the Ubuntu installer (and gparted) to recognize the partitions on my MBR type disk. Other operating systems and disk tools read the disk structure and the files on it ...
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Can't install Ubuntu and Windows 7 x64 on same system - MBR UEFI issue

I'm trying to install Windows 7x64 and Ubuntu 13.04 x64 side by side on a laptop. I've successfully installed each on the laptop. However, when Windows is installed and I try to install ubuntu it ...
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MBR not found error during installation

I am completely new to Linux/Ubuntu but I want to learn it. Recently my HD crashed so I bought a new SSD and installed Windows on the C drive. I have my normal stuff on D drive and want to install ...
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Forced to boot into Windows 7`

Just posted 1 there trying to get a Ubuntu and Windows dual boot working. I have installed like I was advised but now no matter which HDD I chose to boot from it always loads up windows, and GRUB ...
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Dual boot Ubuntu (GPT bios disk) and Win 7 (MBR disk) [SOLVED]

I have a new MSI motherboard (UEFI), being used in UEFI+legacy mode, with two disks, one Ubuntu ( primary disk - GPT with bios_grub flag on ) and Windows 7 in the 2nd disk (MBR partition). And I'm ...
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Dual Boot Not working when installing Ubuntu after Windows 7

Brand new laptop, installed win7, created a 30gb partition and installed 13.04 (64bit EUFI off a usb drive) gets through the install with no issues i used the Easy setup. it did not alter my win7 ...
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Windows 7 & Ubuntu Install (UEFI & GPT partition)

I got a new 1TB disk - so I installed UBUNTU (13.04 64bit) on it to test it out. I couldn't boot to it for some reason so I deleted the partition in Windows and formatted the drive (NTFS). Then I ...
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how to use grub2 as main bootloader

Personally, I prefer the look of the Ubuntu boot loader over the windows boot loader. Might seem strange, but I like things simple I guess. I installed windows 8 and then Ubuntu, with a partition ...
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Disk error occurred

I just installed Ubuntu 13.04 alongside my Windows 8, but after that my Windows 8 is not loading. a disk error occurred it says. Then I restored the MBR using boot repair, but again it is showing the ...
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Ubuntu - Windows 8 [duplicate]

I tried to Install Ubuntu on a "Gateway ZX 4260-MB 308" it has Windows 8, I downloaded the Installer, i followed all the steps and it said it was done, but when I log to Ubuntu it keeps telling me ...
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Help restoring my Windows 7 after boot failure and mysterious appearance of grub rescue> prompt?

Before we get started, I want to clarify I love Ubuntu, and Linux and all that Jazz. I know how passionate those with the expertise to help are about this. :D The issue involved my BF3 machine ...
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grub rescue toughies

I booted a custom distro from a Live CD. I decided to dual boot with WinXP, so I created a small partition and installed the OS. There was a little incompatibility with the processors that I fixed, ...
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GRUB2 - recovering Windows Recovery Environment

I've got an issue with Windows Recovery Environment after the Ubuntu installation, in particular after the installation of GRUB2. On sda1 I've got a Windows 7 installation thing (bootable, something ...
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Ubuntu Minimial Install mounts internal HD as sdb

I am trying to setup 13.04 on a new internal SSD on an Intel NUC i3 from a USB Stick. For some reason during the install it mounts the SSD as ssb and install on it but writes to the the USB Stick MBR ...
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Fixing GRUB after fresh install from LiveCD on USB

I just reinstalled Ubuntu 12.04 using a LiveCD mounted on a USB drive. When the USB drive isn't plugged in... things won't boot. I'm new to Ubuntu, so please bear with me. After a bit of reading I see ...
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Runnning Ubuntu 13.04 on ASUS Laptop with pre-installed Windows 8 and secure boot enabled [duplicate]

I had installed Ubuntu 13.04. The installation went on smoothly. But, after the installation was over, there was no grub that let me decide between Ubuntu and Windows 8. So, I used EasyBCD. The grub ...
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How to remove MBR and replace GRUB?

About 2 weeks ago on Friday, so exactly 2 weeks ago, I accidentally screwed up GRUB on Ubuntu 13.04(64-bit). I don't remember how, but I did. I tried fixing it on my own. Tried several boot repair ...
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Ubuntu will not boot

I had Ubuntu running on an acer easyStore box. When the power supply got too loud, I decided to move the harddrive to a desktop box. However, when I tried to boot up, the screen tells me to pick a cd ...
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Install Ubuntu 12.04 alongside Windows 8 (not preinstalled) without grub [duplicate]

I want to install x64 Ubuntu 12.04.2 on my HP laptop. I don't like grub, so I want to install without it or install grub onto another partition and then add grub to Windows' bootloader (and set grub ...
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Deleted Windows boot partition by mistake

I have Windows 7 installed on my laptop. Today, while trying to manually partition the drive for Linux install, I accidentally formatted the 100 MB System Reserved partition to ext4. Then, I ignored ...
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Windows loader after Grub

I have installed Ubuntu next to Windows7. When I restart PC, MBR loads windows loader first then if I choose Linux, I have grub loaded. My problem is that I would like Grub to be loaded first. Any ...
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Replace Windows MBR with Ubuntu MBR(?) [duplicate]

I read that the MBR that "comes with windows" will not boot from logical partitions, and I read that other MBRs may read from a logical partition. Here it is: "need to make sure that the MBR code ...
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Cannot start PC without rescatux?

I'm aware that askubuntu is probably not the ideal place to ask this question, but considering that the problem occurred while I was installing ubuntu I'm guessing others may have run into the ...
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How to boot to Windows if grub is broken and BIOS won't open?

I recently accidentally deleted my Ubuntu partition. When I rebooted the computer, I got the dreaded grub rescue> prompt. I thought, "simple fix, boot an ubuntu CD and add a new MBR". However, my ...
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Recover Ubuntu after MBR recreation

Initially I had Windows 7. After installing Ubuntu I was not able to boot into Windows. Therefore I recreated MBR from Windows Repair bootrect /fixmbr. I am not experience in those things therefore I ...
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Lenovo U410 — Messed up grub/mrb, and can't access bios

I am out of ideas, so I thought I would ask here. I have a lenovo U410 and it comes with one of those intel hybrid hdd's that has a 32GB ssd in it. I figured I would unraid it and try out ubuntu on ...
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PC BIOS does not recognise External HDD as bootable after installing Linux

I have a Seagate FA GoFlex Desk - 2000 external hard disk. I use it with a Dell Dimension C521 desk top. The internal HDD of 160 GB is dedicated to running Windows Vista Home Premium (32 bit) OS. ...
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All drivers disabled after reinstallation

I've been running Ubuntu 12.04 for quite a while, but after installing Windows XP onto another partition, the MBR was overwritten, etc etc. I downgraded 12.04 to 11.10 using a Live CD, but it still ...
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Is it possible to convert a non partitioned drive to an MBR partition with out losing data? (Ubuntu 12.04)

I tried gparted, but it doesn't like seeing an ext4 file system without the partition type being specified (I suspect). So it won't let me resize or anything since there is no partition. It is ...
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Unable to install Ubuntu 12.04 - Acer Aspire 5750G

I have a Acer Aspire 5750G. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 - 64 bit as a dual boot onto my C: Drive using wubi (or whatever its called) but I couldn't load windows after it and formatted my laptop (later ...
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Expert help needed due to an insidious trap when triple booting OS/W7/Ubuntu… which I fell into

This was going to be my first Ubuntu install, aiming to triple boot from a Mac Book Air OS, W7 and Ubuntu. I used USB sticks for both the W7 and Ubuntu. After successfully partitioning using OS (it is ...
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Have I fixed my partition problem with os x 10.5.8? Are my GPT and MBR back to normal?

I'm new to linux and I have overstepped by abilities. I tried dual booting os x 10.5.8 with ubuntu 11.10 with rEFIt, but I been having problems with partitioning. Instead of enduring more headaches, ...
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fixing grub after removing linux [closed]

I had installed Ubuntu on a friend's computer. It had two drives - C and D, so I took D (which didn't include the system) and reformatted it with Ubuntu. After a week he has asked me to remove it. So ...