master boot record (MBR)

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Partition table BSD

I messed up the partition table of my HDD and i guess now its in the BSD format and windows/ubuntu both cannot read it. Does this mean I need to format my HDD and lose my entire file system or is ...
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Cannot load operating system

I am trying to make the big move from Windows to Ubuntu. I have encountered an error while trying to install Ubuntu 12.04. Currently I have Windows XP SP3 installed as well as another version of ...
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Trying to clean up my MBR's

I curently have at least two Grub's installed on my HD. Iḿ trying to use a couple of tools to configure the one currently in use (I guess that is the one on /dev/sda). More precise, I want to load ...
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Will I lose my data is I “write MBR partition table to disk and exit” in Gparted?

I've never used Ubuntu before and I'm trying to install it. Apparently Ubuntu thinks I don't have Windows 7 installed, so I don't have the option to install it alongside Windows. I found a tutorial ...
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Can I install Ubuntu on a separate SSD, AFTER having encrypted my Windows 8 drive using Truecrypt, without messing up the bootloader?

I would like to install Ubuntu on a fresh SSD that is currently not encrypted. My current system contains (among others) an SSD, fully encrypted using Truecrypt on which Windows 8 is installed. How ...
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12.10 not booting from grub line but will boot to generic version

I am new to Ubuntu and installed it as a method to access the internet while I attempted to repair my internet connection for Windows XP SP3. Dual boot for both Ubuntu and XP worked great. Failing to ...
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How to replace GRUB with BURG? Not on MBR

This question is repeating, I know but I can't answer it as I don't have an answer and I cannot comment either to get some insights on this thing. How to replace GRUB with BURG without overwriting ...
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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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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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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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Booting back into Windows fails after Ubuntu installation. “Common fixes” did not work yet!

Today I finally made the big step and installed Ubuntu to my primary productive system. While there is still a Windows 8 "fall-back" system on sda1, Ubuntu was installed to sda5. I think installing ...
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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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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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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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I have separate HDD for Ubuntu and windows 7 HDD problems

I know this question was already asked before on how to repair my MBR. I disabled my harddrives in BIOS before installing Ubuntu (13.0x latest one) and seems it must have messed up my MBR to my ...
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Create a windows repair disk in Ubuntu?

I have successfully installed Ubuntu 13.04 dual-booting with Windows 8. It was working for a while, and today I accidentally broke the Windows boot system. Now the system is not booting Windows, but ...
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Failed Install on external HDD (bootloader installed at wrong place)

I installed Ubuntu using "Erase and use the entire disk" on my external hard drive. Now the problem is that the bootloader was installed on my internal hard drive from my PC instead of installing it ...
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Error When Installing Ubuntu Linux 12.10

First, I originally posted this on another site I am on. Not getting to much help, here is the post... THE IMAGES ARE FROM THE INSTALLATION THROUGH WUBI (Windows installer) So, I understand that my ...
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Can't access my partitions

I have asked this question some time before as well - but here is the main problem out: MBR was defect, I used Boot-Repair that I could access my Win-xp partition With windows ext3 readers I can't ...
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Copying entire root drive to flash drive with different drive sizes on VirtualBox

I have my modified Lubuntu version installed on VirtualBox and I want to copy the entire root filesystem to flash drive in order to boot it on my physical PC. My flash drive has 1.90GB and the entire ...