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Not sure if Windows 8.1 MBR can be recovered with it ... but boot-repair helped me out a lot with other windows versions: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair startup with ubuntu live usb/iso/... connect to internet open terminal $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair ...


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There are many ways to create partitions for Ubuntu installations. Default is primary /, and swap in a logical one. It does not matter for linux which type of partition to boot from (logical or primary). The reason why this layout has been chosen must be that it is not always possible to create 2 primary partitions, when system is installed in parallel ...


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Primary partition is only needed when you want to make it bootable. If you look up wikipedia there's a "full story" about that. Extended and logical partitions have some cons. But if you want a primary swap partition, you can partition it by yourself, it's not hard and you seem like you understand what are you talking about, so it shouldn't be a problem for ...


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My suggestion is to try: Plug your external hdd. Open a terminal,Press Ctrl+Alt+T Run it: sudo -i fdisk -l Suppose your disk is /dev/sdg, continue running: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdg bs=1M gparted By gparted create a GPT partition table. If your PC is (U)EFI aware via the BIOS, create a first partition EFI bootloader (ef00 EFI System) 500 Mg If ...



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