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How to find boot record of external HDD

I have an internal NoteBook HDD hooked up to a Linux machine externally via USB and want to check if this HDD has some sort of boot record on it. I have no access to BIOS and can not boot my device ...
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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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GRUB2 won't install into MBR from chroot

I got a blank screen after the "Welcome to GRUB" greetings. I ran grub-install and grub-mkconfig from a chroot, but still couldn't get to the GRUB menu. Because of the setup (former dual boot with ...
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Reassemble deleted MBR Partition

I have a MBR table that have a few partition that was deleted previously. What are the ways to reassemble the MBR Partition entry and restore the deleted partitions without using 3rd party tools or ...
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Installing Debian on a USB hdd doesn't not prompt me where to install GRUB

I'm trying to install Debian to a partition (not the whole disk) on my external HDD. I'm choosing the "Manual partition" option where I select my 100GB partition as root "/" of my external hdd. The ...
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can i use dd to copy my dual boot HDD(350G) to smaller SSD(120GB) with only one of two OS from HDD

I Have a dual boot machine (windows+ubuntu) with 350 GB HDD. I wish to clone only ubuntu to the 120GB SDD. How can I accomplish this. PS: I have copied Linux partition(sda5) to SDD using "dd", What i ...
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Should isohybrid work on all iso media, fx Windows 7?

I have a an original Windows 7 Professional x86 iso file, straight from Microsoft. I want to make a bootable USB from this ISO. Some sources suggest that I simply dd the iso to the USB, but I don't ...
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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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How to partition eMMC with DOS MBR and align the partitions to 8 MiB

My question is related to this other one but not a duplicate, so please try to understand before marking as duplicate. I am not able to comment on this other one. In this other one, I understand the ...
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Boot Windows 7 from partition on Linux: BOOTMGR is missing

I have Debian Linux and Win7 installed on the one machine with grub loader and I need to load Windows 7 from partition with Virtual Box. Here my partiotions: # VBoxManage internalcommands ...
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Did I overwrite my Linux installation?

Background info: I have 2 physical hard drives, on the primary was Ubuntu and the secondary I had Solus installed. The Ubuntu install was installed with the partition and Home directory encrypted. I ...
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Deleted a linux partition and lost my MBR

I had a dual boot Windows 10 and Linux Mint installation and inadvertently deleted the mbr and now have the grub rescue screen. I don't have the windows repair disk but can boot Linux via a USB. I ...
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Boot problems after installing Linux Ubuntu [closed]

After installing Linux Debian on external HDD (not live Boot), is no booting possible. If I start the PC it automaticly jumps in grub-rescue. How should I fix it? On the Internal HDD is just Windows ...
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Question related to MBR

I was reading Linux boot process and stumbled upon below questions: When mbr gets write on first sector during installation.? 446 byte of mbr code will be same for either Linux or windows? How can ...
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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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Setting up 2 drives with MBR with /boot as partition and / as LVM on RAID1

I am building a Fedora 26 server. It has two 320G SATA drives. I have them partitioned the same (fdisk output below). The 2nd partition on each are joined together in a standard md RAID1 configuration,...
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Revive HDD after murdering it with dd?

Situation: we have an old, unused laptop that we want to give to my father and mother in law but Windows kept complaining that the hard drive will fail soon, it should be changed. But unfortunately I ...
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How does MBR affect UEFI

I recently installed Linux in an UEFI laptop and installed the GRUB loader wrong (MBR based). After this the system did not start in any OS. The boot device selector still listed the UEFI devices, but ...
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fdisk: partition contains a ntfs signature. remove it?

I'm installing NixOs on a ThinkPad X220. Though I'm very comfortable in the shell, it's the first time I've set up my own system, and I'm running into some unknowns while trying to partition the hard ...
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Creating a ext2 partition on FreeBSD 10.1 running on x86 based box with MBR partitioning

I have old FreeBSD machine running on x86 based platform with below MBR partitioning pod0226-wsa115:rtestuser 1] uname -a FreeBSD pod0226-wsa115 8.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE #0: Mon Mar 10 15:25:...
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GRUB menu doesn't appear after Ubuntu install alongside with Windows 10

I shrunk Windows partition, freed 100 Gb, installed Ubuntu into it, installed GRUB into into MBS of the first drive and after reboot I got Windows and with no any option to select. Even in BIOS in ...
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fdisk warning message: (Extended) Partition does not start on physical sector boundary

When I run fdisk, I get a warning message: Partition table entries are not in disk order Here is an example of the command I'm executing and its output: sudo fdisk -l [sudo] password for phil: ...
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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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Fix MBR ext4 partition after incorrect installation of linux distribution

I was trying to install Opensuse Leap 42.2 via usb-stick network installation. There were jpg and other less important files on one of primary partitions, other aren't important. While installation ...
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Warning: Cannot find a valid bootloader location (MBR disk)

I'm trying to Install SolusOS, but I keep getting the following error message from the OS Installer: "Warning: Cannot find a valid bootloader location (MBR disk)" I followed documentation, which ...
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Temporarily disabling/uninstalling grub in a dual-boot setup and then restore grub to the state it was at the start

I'm using a dual-boot setup with grub 2.02-beta2 which allows me to switch between Windows 7 and arch linux on a x64 desktop machine. These are both installed on my C: drive on the same physical HDD. (...
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How to use os-prober to find MS-Windows boot data?

I saw Dual boot - Installed arch and windows entry disappeared on grub and I have the same/similar problem. I have Grub and it shows only Debian setup and not MS-Windows. I also tried the following ...
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Reinstall grub on mbr without copying modules' files or config

if i issued grub-install --target=i386-pc /dev/sdx grub-install will write the bootsector to the mbr and try to copy the modules to the boot partition, i don't want that, all i want is to rewrite ...
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Debian unbootable for MBR and grub-efi

I run Debian Jessie (amd64) on my host. I use Debian Jessie (amd64) as guest (with qemu-kvm). I run kvm as: /usr/bin/kvm -monitor stdio \ -smp 2 -soundhw ac97 -vga std \ -...
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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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Boot MBR on Mac mini

I am trying to install Qubes OS Linux on my Mac mini. However I want to install it in a MBR configuration on a separate internal HDD. Is there a way to configure a mac to boot a MBR disk instead of ...
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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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understanding this DOS partition table and cloning to a new drive

I have a piece of equipment that has a motherboard in it which boots to a linux based operating system. I am interested in being able to clone this one hard drive so that in the case it fails i have ...
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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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Where is partitions in MBR?

I found lot of examples of MBR records on various systems, and they all have same structure, for example - as here. So - first 512 bytes must have a Code area, Disc signature and Table of partitions. ...
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I have killed my HDD

I have some trouble with my external USB 3.0 drive with 1Tb HDD. I had formatted it wrong way: I wrote /dev/sdb instead /dev/sdb1, and now I have no ability to use this drive. fdisk /dev/sdb fdisk: ...
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How does BIOS know which disk's MBR should it use? [closed]

Generally, BIOS will read the MBR in disk, but if there are multiple disks, how will the bios determine which disk's MBR should be read?
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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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How can I boot DragonFly BSD (HAMMER) with GRUB 2 on a MBR disk?

There is a box with one MBR-partitioned disk. It has four primary partitions. On those are: Windows DragonFly BSD (using UFS2) Linux DragonFly BSD (using HAMMER) Chainloading ...
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A basic query about Linux partitioning

I'm trying to understand the partition table of my MTK-6572 based android smartphone (Karbonn-A35). The idea is to enlarge the internal Storage partition (mounted as /data) and correspondingly shrink ...
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How to create extended partition in Ubuntu

All, I am tring to create partition in the installation of Ubuntu. As I knew. MBR partitioning scheme allows you to have up to 4 partitions on a drive, one of those partitions can be an "...
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Partition table consuming 32K of data?

I create a file of 100MB size, and using losetup assign it to /dev/loop0. Consequently I use fdisk to create an empty DOS partition table, and a new partition that spans the entire disk. One thing ...
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Can the EFI System Partition be a logical partition on MBR disks?

I'm finding a lot of information concerning the ESP inside GPT disks, but none about them being inside an MBR based disk as a logical partition. The thing is, I don't want to convert my disk to GPT ...
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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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How to replace a disk which contains the CentOS6

I have a machine that contains a disk which one has CentOS 6 Installed. In that disk, There are two partitions. One of them if mounted on /boot, and the second one is a PV for the rootvg. I need to ...
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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 ...