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There are several advantages to GPT: Supports disks larger than 2TiB. Supports partitions larger than 2TiB. Supports more than four partitions, with no distinction between primary, extended, and logical partitions. Uses GUIDs as type codes, which means there's less risk of conflicting/duplicate codes. Uses LBA addressing exclusively, compared to MBR's dual ...


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It will make no difference for you at all. Advantages of GPT are: Large partitions, more that 2 TB Unlimited number of primary partitions In your case you do not need first. Second can be achieved by creating an extended partition and creating logical ones there. For linux it does not matter to which type of partitions install (logical or primary). But ...


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In this case I'd simply retrieve all your files from your backups. ;) Overwriting the first few GB of a partition will have wiped out enough of the filesystem's structure that it is unlikely you will be able to retrieve file metadata in a meaningful way. Now, since you did it to the entire drive (/dev/sda) it is possible that you have intact partitions ...


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You might want to format your complete disk to NTFS format. Windows isn't very keen on anything else when it comes to installing it on your hard drive. With completely formatting it in NTFS (fx. with Gparted when in a Live CD session), you are also deleting GRUB. You should be able to boot into the Windows installer after that.


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If Ubuntu still exists on your HDD, boot from Ubuntu live CD and use the commands below to install boot-repair. Connect to the Internet. Open a new Terminal, and run: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kranich/cubuntu sudo apt-get ...


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You encountered Redmond's idea that Windows should be the only OS on your hard disk. When you installed 8.1, the installation disk overwrote the boot manager and made Windows the default OS. There is a simple fix using Unbuntu Boot Repair. Go to the web page and download the iso image. Create a boot CD and then start your system with the CD. When you have ...


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Your installation is very strange: Your partition table is MBR, which almost always indicates a BIOS-mode boot. In the case of Windows, MBR requires a BIOS-mode boot. You've got the Windows boot loader installed in the MBR. Your first partition has a FAT filesystem and contains EFI boot loaders, apparently for both Linux and Windows (although the Windows ...


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I guess my suggestion was to re install windows. Glad it worked out.



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