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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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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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MBR and bootstrap explanation for different size disk copy

I wish to clone a 500gb MBR source disk to a 250gb MBR destination disk manually by making each corresponding partition on the destination disk and restoring just the data contents of each. This way, ...
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How to detect if the FreeBSD disklabel is on the first sector of the disk?

I have attached a FreeBSD disk to my Linux machine. How to detect if the disklabel(aka bsdlabel) is on the first sector of the disk or the PC MBR is on the first sector of the disk and disklabel is ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I start a Windows 10 partition on a MBR partitioned disk on a system that otherwise uses GPT/UEFI GRUB?

Okay, let me explain. This is a UEFI computer. It has two disks. The primary disk is partitioned with GPT and boots via GRUB2 to an Arch Linux partition. The secondary disk is partitioned with MBR and ...
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Remove grub from boot sector

I use Coreboot. Meaning I use SeaBIOS to boot my computer. I use FDE (I don't have /boot in my compute hard drive, instead i have it in a USB). When SeaBIOS can't boot from a device, fallback to ...
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Boot from grub2.cfg an other bootloader… in same disk

In my USB multiboot i have installed grub2 and edit the first file grub.cfg... now, have created an second partition with an other iso(dd if=file.iso of=/dev/2)...The second iso then created the MBR ...
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Install Debian 10 on a system which have both GPT and MBR

I have a notebook which has two drives: one is an SSD and the other is an HDD. It also currently has both Windows 10 (SSD) and Windows 7 (HDD): I want to remove Windows 7 and install Debian 10. As I'd ...
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Partition recovered

Partitions MBR has been destroyed accidentally by a friend, Then most partitions are unviewable which is too bad, can all the partitions be recovered? I have a text file including the original ...
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Significance of /sys/block/sd*/sd*/size

Disk size /sys/block/sda/size is always correct but the partition size /sys/block/sda/sda2/size is not correct if the partition type is extended, boot, etc, due to this I rely on reading MBR to get ...
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Encrypting hard drive containing the MBR with Veracrypt

I have three hard drives in my laptop: /dev/sdc (an mSATA drive) is where the system is installed and is completely encrypted with LUKS. /dev/sdb (for media/text files - the majority of /home) was ...
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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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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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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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gpart finds partitions but puts zeroes on all their specs

So this isn't my hard drive I'm working on so I'm not too sure how it got into this state. My friend had Windows XP on it and wasn't using it much then suddenly it wouldn't boot anymore. He just wants ...
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Repair File System After changing the partition structure

I have dual booted linux centOs with windows. Now I changed the partition structure of linux with a partedMagic live CD. Since I have used the EasyBcd to make the boot menu on windows, I can still ...
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Kali Linux doesn't detect my hard drive partitions

I wanted to install Kali Linux on my computer that is currently running windows 7 64bits, so I created a 200Gb free partition, made an installation USB key, and everything was running perfectly during ...
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OSX: MBP: How does system detect sd card inserted?

I have a MacBookPro running Mavericks. I can insert one sd card into the slot and it mounts just fine. Another sd card I slip in and nothing happens. It does not appear in disk utility. It does ...
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Two fdisks seeing different MBRs on same external drive (OpenBSD 4.2/5.5)

I'm trying to use an external USB hard drive to copy data between a legacy production OpenBSD 4.2 system (on a slow, fragile network — that's not an option) and a new OpenBSD 5.5 box, and I'm running ...
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Grub2 on wiped MBR

I'm trying to test grub2 on puppet in a VM and one of the tests is to make sure it'll still work on a wiped MBR. So I wipe the MBR with dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/vda bs=512 count=1 Then I try to ...
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For what are disk signatures being used for by GNU/Linux (distributions) / grub?

I am talking about disk signatures in context of the MBR. The area from 441 to 445 bytes. For what does the GNU/Linux kernel, GNU/Linux distributions usually use disk signatures for? I only found ...
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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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Problems dual booting - W2019 Server, CentOS, rufus, Dell Studio 1557

I have an oldish Dell Studio 1557 laptop (decent enough - 1TB Samsung SSD, 8GB RAM) on which I've installed Windows Server 2019 Standard from an .iso. I only used about 350GB for the Windows install. ...
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Can I mount a gpt disk with ntfs partition on an mbr booted linux system

System: Linux Mint 20 x64 cinnamon booted on mbr formatted disk. I inserted a new hdd containing a gpt and a ntfs partition (next to a small MSR partition, which doesn't matter here I guess). GParted ...
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installed debian in a multi hard disks environment but when I restart I get “operating system missing” message

I have 4 hard disks installed: ssd with windows; hd with other stuffs; hd 1TB where I installed debian; hd with windows home. I installed debian in the third hd, creating 3 partitions inside it: ...
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Cant make use of grub-mkimage

I am trying to create portable grub mbr with grub-mkimage to chainload as bootsector from windows. But when booting I get stuck at a black screen with bold "GRUB" and blinking curser. No key ...
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Can a disk partition have another nested inside it?

I am trying to better understand disks, partitions, and partition tables (mbr vs gpt). In the process I checked the disks on one of my machines (single boot ubuntu 20.04), and found that all of my ...
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I tried to unlock my external drive with Dislocker : now my drive doesn't work

I've got a 1TB external drive in NTFS encrypted with Bitlocker. I wanted to open it in Linux (Mint), so I quickly followed a tutorial like a real noob, not understanding how it worked, just pasting ...
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Grub-rescue Invalid MBR signature

I have an old but important vdi and I tried to import it in my new virtual machine. The system entered grub-rescue mode. I ran the boot-repair. It did not show the 'Recommended Repair'button. The ...
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Legacy bootable usb with win10 - linux mint

I have ssd and hdd. Both use mbr scheme. On my ssd I have mint and it is running well. I want to dual boot and install win10 on hdd but I have problem creating legacy bootable usb with win10 using ...
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Check which of GRUB Legacy or GRUB 2 is installed in the MBR on CentOS 6 or 8

I'm implementing an upgrade path for a CentOS6 server to CentOS8. This involves moving from GRUB Legacy to GRUB 2. At various points I need to be able to determine which version of GRUB is installed ...
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Any known install iso images using MBR partition and BIOS only installer?

I have a legacy BIOS motherboard which has broken USB-HDD boot capability. The manufacturer has stopped supporting it a long time ago although I subsequently obtained a slightly newer BIOS image and ...
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Grub rescue error after partition deleted

I deleted Linux Mint 19.2, from a dual-boot with Windows 10. I tried to extend the partition but the system would not resize. After restarting, I'm stuck on (Error: no such partition), I've tried the (...
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In a dual-boot system, what decides which MBR bootstraping code is used?

I am reading an article titled How Computers Boot Up. In it, it suggests that a Master Boot Record (MBR) consists of "a tiny OS-specific bootstrapping program at the start of the MBR followed by a ...
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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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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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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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install grub but no booting

I'm having trouble installing grub. I used to have a UEFI boot setup but it constantly failed so I decided to use normal boot instead. Unfortunately, the system doesnt boot into grub. What I did was:...
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Change default OS loading

Installed Ubuntu 12.04 Feb 2014 - upgraded to 14.04LTS. I believe there is still remnants of older OS's still there somewhere, (they appear on the Grub multi-boot menu at start up). An earlier ...
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What are the [internal] steps involved in making USB drive 'bootable'?

Whenever I have to install a new Linux distro, I create a bootable USB from the distro image using some specialized program like UNetBootin. Recently, I tried to do for Fedora using 'dd' command, but ...
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Is it possible to find boundaries of a Solaris2 partition after MBR corruption?

I had disk with 4 primary partition on it with MBR (/dev/sda): - the first had a NTFS filesystem, with data (/dev/sda1); - the second was a Solaris2 partition, with openindiana (/dev/sda2 on GNU/Linux ...
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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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How can I boot from that ntfs file?

I have file system called *.ntfs, I ran the file program on this file to get information about it, and here is the output: DOS/MBR boot sector... I want to boot from that file system file, how can I ...