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How to determine if a PC has a combination of GPT disk and legacy BIOS boot, where the boot code is read from the MBR?

In a comment, Johan wrote: In the rare combination GPT disk + legacy BIOS boot, the boot code is read in the old-fasioned way from the MBR What is the proper way to determine if a PC has the ...
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What do the partition table types and flags mean in the output of parted?

In the output of sudo parted -l: Model: WD My Passport 0748 (scsi) Disk /dev/sdb: 1000GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: msdos Disk Flags: Number Start End Size ...
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In GPT, can a partition be partitioned further into partitions?

I heard that GPT makes MBR's distinction between primary partition, logical partition, and extended partition disappear. In GPT, can a partition be partitioned further into partitions, in the same ...
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Installation and booting scenarios for combinations of boot sector (GPT or MBR), firmware (BIOS or UEFI)?

I think all the confusions in this post come from coexistence of old and new technologies and abuse of terminology such as mentioned in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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What is a generic name for the sector which stores the partition table of a disk?

If a disk uses GPT partitioning method, is its first sector still called MBR? What is a generic name for the sector which stores the partition table of a disk? Thanks.
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How to diagnose the difference in OS performance between installation media?

I have two different USB sticks, a 128 GB Samsung and a 64 GB SanDisk. I used Gnome Disks to benchmark both of them and the Samsung one was supposedly better, it had faster read and write speed but it ...
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How to force GPT partitions in kickstart for Oracle Linux 6

I want to configure OL6 kickstart to install a system that boots from BIOS but uses GPT partitioning instead of MBR, even for disks <2TB. The relevant part of my kickstart file looks like this ($...
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Can I change an existing partition from MBR to GPT?

I needed to add extra 2.5TB to the existing 400GB disk (sda) on my system. I added new virtual disks with 2.5TB (sdb), proceeded to create the partition table with fdisk. Used pvcreate /dev/sdb1, to ...
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Backup boot record of GPT disk

I know how to use dd to backup the boot record of a MBR partitioned disk, but how do I backup the boot record of a GPT partitioned disk? (I use sgdisk to backup the partition table, but also need the ...
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Are there extended partitions in GPT partition table?

Under the MBR model, we could create four primary partitions one of which could an extended partition that's further subdivided into logical partitions. Consider this GPT schematic taking from ...
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Changing from MBR to GPT

I'm trying to completely remove linux from my machine to make way for Windows, but to do that I need to change my disk type to GPT instead of MBR. I have a bootable usb with Ubuntu on it that I can ...
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Should I use fdisk for partitioning or GPT aware tools?

Question: Should I use fdisk when creating partitions? Or is it advisable to use parted since it uses GPT? (by default?) And with that I can create partitions larger than 2TB.
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Why is GPT recommended for UEFI

3rd time re partitioning my 1TB SSD so hoping to get it right. Learning but still many questions Because my system has UEFI firmware and already have a SSD dedicated to Windows my understanding is ...
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Converting MBR to GPT because of dual-boot

yesterday I installed debian on my system. It all went relatively smooth and nice. Today I decided to install Windows 10 alongside Debian. Unluckily W10 wants a GPT partition table, and Debian ...
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Boot FreeBSD in legacy mode on GPT disk

I am trying to install FreeBSD in legacy mode (BIOS) on a UEFI system, since I have an Intel Iris Graphics 6100, which is from Broadwell series and is not supported yet by the intel driver, so I want ...
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grub-install on hybrid mbr disk

I followed the very detailed guide for making hybrid MBR record (GPT/MBR) taken from here Now, gdisk says I have hybrid mbr. But I can only boot in UEFI and cannot do that in BIOS (I use external ...
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Using dd to copy MBR results in partition tables double the size

I have a laptop with 500GB internal HD and a external 500GB USB HD. I boot up with a linux live cd over the top of my Windows 8.1 machine. My goal is to clone the MBR, partition 1(350mb), and ...
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How to repair a 500GB HD showing itself as only 10MB?

I have a 500GB USB HD. I have been messing around with the dd cmd - erasing MBR data, copying my windows internal HD, eleting partitions, etc. fdisk -l returns Disk /dev/sdc: 10MiB, 10485760 bytes, ...
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backup and restore whole disk

I am using iMac, with GPT and Hybrid MBR partition table. the GPT layout is: EFI partition.(FAT32) Windows 7 partition.(NTFS) MacOS partition.(HFS+) Linux.(ext4) data.(exfat) the hybrid MBR is made ...
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Can't restore/reformat my USB flash drive after moving to GPT

I have 8GB flash memory stick. Sometimes ago I formatted it to be able to install Windows from it. I can't remember what exactly I did but I think I wanted to be able to install Win 7 64-bit to boot ...
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How to understand partition table on hybrid ISO image?

If I inspect an hybrid ISO with tools like fdisk and gdisk, then looks like hybrid ISO has both the MBR and GPT in order to support both the BIOS and UEFI: # gdisk -l /dev/sdb GPT fdisk (gdisk) ...
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LUKS on an internal hard drive

I have a hard drive which is encrypted using LUKS. It was originally an external hard drive. Recently I removed the casing and connected it directly (via SATA). However, when I connect it directly, I'...
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How to construct a GPT-only partition table on Linux?

All of the tools I've tried until now were only capable to create a dual (GPT & MBR) partition table, where the first 4 of the GPT partitions were mirrored to a compatible MBR partition. This is ...
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Advantage of GPT over MBR partition table [closed]

What is the difference between the GPT and the BIOS disc partitioning systems? when boot drive is below 2TB on a BIOS system or UEFI boot disabled grub on BIOS system with GPT partitioned needs an ...
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Can't format HDDs and install linux to Dell hybrid ultrabook

I've tried installing OpenSUSE 13.2, Debian 8/8.1 and Ubuntu 15.04 (all them amd64). Debian/Ubuntu won't show disks and OpenSUSE can't format the partitions created on them. During the install, ...
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“Warning! Secondary partition overlaps the last partition by x blocks” in gdisk, is it safe to use gdisk here? [closed]

I'm trying to install convert my hard drive into GPT using gdisk, when I run sudo gdisk /deve/disk1s4 I get this: Warning! Secondary partition table overlaps the last partition by 2032668853 blocks! ...
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Remove all traces of GPT disk label

I've got an USB pen drive and I'd like to turn it into a bootable MBR device. However, at some point in its history, that device had a GPT on it, and I can't seem to get rid of that. Even after I ran ...
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Accidentally installed BIOS/MBR on GPT/UEFI

Quite some time ago, I installed a Linux system on my moms laptop. And just recently I noticed I have installed and partitioned (with fdisk) a BIOS/MBR on a system, that already has UEFI. The machine ...
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Backup and then wipe partition table from head of drive

I have a NTFS hard drive internally attached to my computer and it's causing problems with the other Windows installation on my dual (or triple?) boot machine. I'm not sure if the partition scheme is ...
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Creating EFI bootable GPT partition with gdisk on previous MBR, GPT Damaged

So this is a sister question to my previous one about partitioning for a UEFI boot loader. Parititioning for a UEFI boot loader, can LVM be used? Disclaimer: I don't give a flip about the data on it....
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Transforming a disk from MBR to GPT

I have a disk with classic MBR and want to transform it to use GPT without data loss. I have seen several more or less useful tutorials, but most of them are dealing with the specific problems related ...
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Understanding syslinux and partitioning

I am trying to learn and especially understand how partitionning and boot-loaders work. The problem is that I got it all twisted in my mind. In the end I don't understand anything anymore. I know ...
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How to install after windows 8.1 with MBR partition

I have a laptop, which has a 500GB hard disk and with MBR partition, and I install my windows8.1 on it, but I left ~75G unused which I would like to use it for OpenSuse13.1. Now I have 2 USB, one is ...
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GPT or MBR: How do I know?

How can I tell whether my harddrive is laid out using an MBR or GPT format?
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Recover Windows partition in a GPT disk (previously MBR)

I have tried installing Arch Linux and what I ended up with was a partition scheme like this: /dev/sda: /dev/sda1 NTFS partition (Windows 7) /dev/sda2 ext4 (Arch) /dev/sda3 swap I don't know ...
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Copying OS from one drive to another migrating from MBR to GPT - what to watch out for?

I'm looking at replacing my current MBR-partitioned 2 TB system drive with quite possibly a 3 TB drive. Copying the files should not pose a problem, but are there any gotchas to watch out for, ...
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Remove GPT - Default back to MBR

I keep receiving this error: Warning!! Unsupported GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected. Use GNU Parted I want to go back to the normal MBR. I found some advice here and did: parted /dev/sda ...