[ubuntu-uk] mbr

Barry Drake ubuntu-advertising at gmx.com
Sat Jan 28 17:44:55 UTC 2012

On 28/01/12 16:34, Colin Law wrote:
>  To install an OS it is not necessary to boot from hdd, boot from
>  either linux or windows CD/DVD. If you make the disk completely blank
>  as you originally asked it will not be able to boot from the hdd as it
>  will be blank. Colin

I understand the problem.  Windows (any version) refuses to install
unless you try to install to a drive with a valid boot record.
Reformatting using gparted makes this impossible for Windows.  I get
around it by using clonezilla to clone the mbr from another drive onto
the drive that gparted has blanked and re-formatted to NTFS.  Windows
will then install OK.  For some reason known only to Microsoft (must be
a commercial consideration therefore) reformatting the drive under the
Windows installer will not overcome the problem.

Ah well, twas ever thus ....

Regards,        Barry.

 From Barry Drake (The Revd) Health and Healing advisor to the East
Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church.  See
http://www.urc5.org.uk/index for information about the synod, and
http://www.urc5.org.uk/?q=node/703 for the Synod Healing pages.

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