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Accidently installed grub onto windows 7 boot partiton. Unable to boot

Q: Accidently installed grub onto windows 7 boot partiton. Unable to boot


I accidently installed grub onto the seven boot partition. I can't boot into seven. It loads the ubuntu select os screen, I select WIndows 7 (Loader), and it justs goes back to the ubuntu select os.

Please can someone help?

I still have windows 7 installed, and I have full access to ubuntu.

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A: Accidently installed grub onto windows 7 boot partiton. Unable to boot

To Remove Linux take look at this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot

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How do i install an os (or manage to install one) cus i tried installing androidx86 with ubuntu using Android-6.0-rc2.iso (direct download open straight in bosero (my burning application in ubuntu) instead of saving then burning) burnt to same disk i previously had ubuntu installer on but when i booted up it just went to a blinking white underscore and nothing else, then i tried deleting all my partitions and making a new partition with ef01 guid code filling up the entire disk (almost, from sector 2047 - (...)) and that didnt change anything, then i tried using different format types, different partition types, installing grub again, booting android from live cd (just get blank screen with blinking white underscore) nothing works, please help me

My current partition layout from GPT is in screenshot

Information for partition #1

Partition GUID code: E3C9E316-0B5C-4DB8-817D-F92DF00215AE (Microsoft reserved)
Partition unique GUID: 4B840343-CB6C-46EF-85FD-59DBD40C138D
First sector: 1920 (at 960.0 Kib)
Last sector: 1001919 (at 489.2 Mib)
Partition size: 999999 sectors (488.3 Mib)
Atribute flags: 0000000000000000
Partition name: "Reserve"

Information for partition #2

Partition GUID code: 024DEE41-33E7-11D3-9D69-0008C781F39F (MBR partition scheme)
Partition unique GUID: 0C6E959B-15A0-4A1C-91FB-8FD6B3962D39
First sector: 1001920 (at 489.2 Mib)
Last sector: 976773134 (at 465.8 Gib)
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It has happened to me twice...I accidentally deleted a partition and later found out that my system is dead....The only way I recover out of that is I reinstall Windows and then install grub again to recover the Linux partition. But I feel the delete partition is a very rapid process just taking seconds and in that I don't think files would be deleted, so I feel potentially I can recover the deleted partitions including the boot partition. But I don't know how to do it. Also now when the boot partition is deleted and the system is not booting up what should be done to recover the system and data?
Thanks in advance,

A:How to recover deleted grub/boot partition in Windows XP(Dual boot system))

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I have a dual-boot system Ubuntu/Windows 7. The Master boot loader is GRUB.
It worked fine until yesterday when, for some reason, Windows 7 refused to load anymore. I tried to repair with chkdsk, found and repaired some disk errors, but now the boot loader is damaged. The problem I have is that after selecting Windows from the GRUB list I get the installed version entry but I can't have access to Repair through F8 and thus I am not able to continue on the installation DVD. The problem I think would be simple, by writing a new boot using bootrec, but I don't have access to the console.
I've seen a solution/tutorial on this forum except that it requires to remove Linux, which is not at all my scope.

A:Recover Windows 7 boot on dual boot system with GRUB masterboot

Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.

NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.

1) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

2) Fix MBR.

NOTE: As you have Linux installed, the above only works for 1 in 1000, must likely you will need to reinstall.
Good luck.

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Yeah I went and did something stupid. -.- I had a dual boot of Vista/Ubuntu and I deleted the Ubuntu partition in vista and rebooted the comp before correcting the Boot menu. So now when I re-start I get this:

Loading GRUB stage 1.5

Error 22

I have run just about every test I know of. I'm running a Vista home on a Dell XPS 410.
I've already ran chkdsk, all of Dell's utilities, Windows Vista Startup Repair, etc.
Can someone help please?

EDIT: Would fdisk /mbr correct my problem?

Okay now I understand what the problem is. The GRUB is looking for a partition that is not there, and the binary isn't matching up. I'm at work right now so I have no way to test to fix it. I just want to make sure I know how before I head home.

fdisk /mbr

I think bootrec.exe /fixmbr and /fixboot will correct my issue. I would like to run it by you guys first.

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Ok, here is the issue. I have Redhat (perhaps, 9) and Win XP Pro installed with grub as boot loader. I forgot Redhat password, since havent used it since ages.

Now I need to get into XP fdisk to play around with partitions/unpartitioned space, but here is the issue I am facing.

I intend to boot from CD drive (Win XP bootable) but selecting from boot options (by pressing F12) does not take me to CD ROM, rather, grub takes over and I get that dual boot option, which I Do not want.

I have CD rom as primary boot option in BIOS, no help.

I intend to boot into XP CD room to remove grub, or Linux altogether using fixmbr and then delete partitions, but I am unable to get into cd ROM altogheter at boot time. It goes to CD for a moment, but grub takes over :(

Is there some way to fix this issue. I have access to a Win XP bootable, ERD Commander Bootable, and a USB drive. Ok, It does go to USB drive when I choose it by pressing F12, but I donno how to fixmbr/remove grub using a USB drive and then normally boot into win Xp. I have critical data on computer which I do not want to loose at any cost (three years of hard work). Its not picking up ERD Commander Bootable CD as well. CD ROM is working perfect inside windows.

PS: Precisely, I need to get into Win XP recovery console but when CD Rom is not picked up at boot, not much can be done (though USB is but...its 512 MB USB)
Help appreciated.

A:Win XP Grub Issue (CD Drive unable to Boot)

have you tried to take boot from hard drive disable. turn it back on after everthing is done.

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Ok, here is the issue. I have Redhat (perhaps, 9) and Win XP Pro installed with grub as boot loader. I forgot Redhat password, since havent used it since ages.

Now I need to get into XP fdisk to play around with partitions/unpartitioned space, but here is the issue I am facing.

I intend to boot from CD drive (Win XP bootable) but selecting from boot options (by pressing F12) does not take me to CD ROM, rather, grub takes over and I get that dual boot option, which I Do not want.

I have CD rom as primary boot option in BIOS, no help.

I intend to boot into XP CD room to remove grub, or Linux altogether using fixmbr and then delete partitions, but I am unable to get into cd ROM altogheter at boot time. It goes to CD for a moment, but grub takes over :(

Is there some way to fix this issue. I have access to a Win XP bootable, ERD Commander Bootable, and a USB drive. Ok, It does go to USB drive when I choose it by pressing F12, but I donno how to fixmbr/remove grub using a USB drive and then normally boot into win Xp. I have critical data on computer which I do not want to loose at any cost (three years of hard work). Its not picking up ERD Commander Bootable CD as well. CD ROM is working perfect inside windows.

Help appreciated.

A:Win XP Grub Issue (CD Drive unable to Boot)

Boot from winxp bootable cd and the press r . U'll require administrator password. After this u'll have to select ur winxp partition. U'll see c:\windows. Now..
cd.. (press enter)
fixboot c: (press enter)
fixmbr (press enter)
bootcfg /rebuild (press enter)

After this restart and u will see two winxp os ... select the working one (hit n try method) and then go to c: drive and edit boot.ini to remove the unwanted line.

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I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post but I hope admins can move it if so.

I think I'm in a screwed position which is frustrating me...
Here's the story...

So basically my buddy asked me to format his computer that had linux in it...

Before I even started, I backed up his personal pictures and files to my external hard drive..

After this was accomplished I began the process of Installing a fresh copy of Windows..

1) I accidently unpartitioned my External...which has 2 SATA 500GB Seagates in a Nexstar enclosure. It isn't formatted just unpartitioned...

2) To fix this I acquired Partition Table Doctor...I tried fixing the partition using this program...but for some odd reason it didn't work. I didn't really read the Guide to using this but I skimmed through it and it seemed pretty straight forward.

This didn't work and my laptop did regcognize the drive but didn't show up as Hard drives with letters attached.

My second problem is.. during this stage.. it said there was an error with sectors on my C drive...It asked me if I wanted to fix it and so I did...

I rebooted my laptop once more and BOOM... my Vista wouldn't boot....
and all I got was a black screen and some Funny Characters located at the top left part of the screen...

Can someone lead me to the write direction? I'm totally lost and not sure how to recover my files and fix my MBR at this point...

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Hi I am looking at Grub4dos since my recent foray into all things bootloaders. I am gaining a little footing with what I can and can't do (practically!) Although it was definitely trickier than I thought (or I just don't have the same time like I used to... ) Anyhow, I am looking at Grub because it sounds easier to learn the Grub2, and all my systems are pre EFI bios setups. I am looking for a 'Hoyle' maintainable setup. Therefore I decided to "initially" install W7 on C: and XP on D: (both on primary partitions)

But... also I have an existing XP image that was originally installed on C: Now I read somewhere, someone had a setup that would boot into a Master boot loader, presumably Grub, and then select one of two OSs and assign it C: and run it. and the other would become D: while leaving E,F,G, etc intact. That would really be a sweet setup for me because I could then use my existing XP image still since it would still think it is on C while running...

So my question is before I dive headlong into Grub. I know it would be the ideal bootloader for multi (pre EFI bios) But can it assign letters to partitions? so as to switch C and D like that while leaving other partitions assigns as they are? Just looking for a little confirmation and any tips. Here goes nothin'...

A:Dual Boot W7/XP using Grub - Can grub assign letters to partitions?

Why would you need to use Grub?

Take look at this:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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I am having an issue after Win7 updated. Logged off my machine and noticed that it was installing an update. So far, the updates have been flawless, but when I went to turn on my computer Thursday morning, no boot.

Ran Startup repair a couple of times and got:
> Problem event Name: Startup Repair
> Problem Signature 01 : 6.1.7600.16385
> Problem Signature 02 : 6.1.7600.16385
> Problem Signature 03 : unknown
> Problem Signature 04 : 21201050
> Problem Signature 05 : AutoFailover
> Problem Signature 06 : 5
> Problem Signature 07 : NoRootCause
> Os version : 6.1.7600.
> Local ID : 1033
Tried booting from Win7CD and doing repair as well - no luck
Tried doing an F12 (Dell) and doing hardware diagnostics - no problems found
Tried doing a system restore to a time earlier (about 2 weeks) and finally got it to boot into the opening "fireflies", and the next screen however, the next screen was black and only contained the ease-of-access, the "Windows 7 Home Premium" text and the shutdown options. I could not log in.
Unfortunately, I have client files on this computer as part time I do graphics/illustrations and web design. I am extremely frustrated.


A:Unable to boot after windows update installed

You can download a Linux rescue disk and retrieve your files if need be. Please read this information SystemRescueCd

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I have got two HDs, Segate and Western Digital, each one 40 GB. Connected to one cable to IDE0 (Segate is master and the Western Digital is slave).

First HD Segate (master or hda) is divided to :

15 GB NTFS for XP, 5 GB FAT32 for Storage, and 20 GB NTFS for win2003,,,,I had already installed both windows (XP and 2003).

Second HD Western Digital (slave or hdb) is divided to :

20 GB Solaris (hdb1,,,to be installed later) , 5 GB NTFS for Storage (hdb2) , 500 MB Linux swap (hdb3), 14.5 GB ext3 Linux (hdb4).

I installed Linux FC4 on hdb4 and chose option for GRUB bootloader to be installed on : " /dev/hda Master Boot Record (MBR) ".

When I finished the installation of Linux, I was greeted by GRUB, but when I tried to boot into windows, I received this error message :

Booting "Windows"

rootnoverify (hd1,0)


Why was the partition for windows numbered with hd1,0,,,,it should be hd0 because both windows were installed on first hard disk (i.e hd0, not hd1) ?

Why was the root showing hd(0,3), I had installed Linux on hdb (hd1) not hda (hd0) ?

fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40016019456 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 1824 14651248+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 1825 2432 4883760 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
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A:hda and hdb,GRUB to boot windows

If you go to GRUB's command line and type root (hd1,0), does it show the correct partition type for Windows?

If so, you probably need to map the drives the other way around in GRUB, by

map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)

Add those before root commands.

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This is my first post as I have really struggled to find an answer to my questions I felt it was now appropriate!

So my problem is that I not only have a screwed installation of Windows 7 Premium x64 on my second harddrive, I have a messed up version of grub on my primary harddrive.

I recently bought 2 ssd's to put into my Dell LX702 as it can with 2 regular hdd's. The previous hdd's had windows 7 home premium x64 and honestly NEVER failed it.

As the young innocent fool I was I put fedora on the two newly inserted SSD's in my laptop. The reason was I wanted it for development but I forgot the games are rubbish so thought I would move back to play something decent.

Anyway I formatted the ssd's and started the installation and then grub would load up on the primary ssd and fail when the windows 7 restart is required during installation. Grub would go into its saftey recovery mode (As fedora was gone) and sit doing nothing. Now after a lot of installation things suggested to re-install the boot manager with the console and nothing happening I kind of gave up. It then materialized that if I chose the second ssd to boot from (again at the restart during the installation) it worked fine! this meant that the windows 7 install is on my second ssd! This is not to bad as I just changed the boot order.

However the great god Zeus has come down and ruined that for me as I can not install ANY of the windows updates and the installation likes to crash an awful lot!... Read more

A:Windows 7 with grub and boot manager

Hello Budlee, welcome to Seven Forums!

I don't have a lot of time right now so I'm going to give you some reading to start, have a look through the information at the links below for some additional ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

To over-write the Grub boot-loader.


It may be a help to over-write the HDD Master Boot Record (MBR) before you start any other procedure using the diskpart clean command, rather than the clean all; it takes just seconds to complete so you will have "unallocated" space to use either the Windows installer to create and format the partition(s) or use diskpart to create them, however you choose. SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup
If you want to completely wipe / over-write the entire Hard Disk Drive of any possible format errors, malware infection, for security purposes or just to get the best possible place to install Windows to, have a look at these tutorials. Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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I have used spyhunter without knowing its actual quality and now i cant use my pc, since my knowelage of commads in grub is none i would apreciate help.

A:cant boot windows 7 64bit trough grub

Hello, and Welcome,
Is this a dual boot system? If it is you can try to repair grub automatically. Download the Boot-Repair iso, burn the image. Boot the computer and then select Recommended Repair.

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how do i make windows "2000/nt/xp loader" the default choice on the grub 1.5 boot loader? i have 4 other choices and windows is at the bottom. i have ubuntu 9.04 and it's recovery (i have 2 sets of thse but they do the same thing). it automatically loads ubuntu 9.04 after a few seconds. How can i make it choose windows by default and maybe even decrease the timeout? (i'm willing to do this inside windows or ubuntu if needed i cannot do this from within grub). Much thanks for any help =).

A:How to make windows the default boot on grub 1.5?

Boot ubuntu and browse up to the root folder using
the file manager.
Then go to boot/grub folder.
Once there open the file menu,lst.
Move the windows entry to the top.
Make sure it is typed just as it is.
You can change the timeout there too.

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Hello, new member here, sorry to jump straight into my problem to need urgent help as I have work I need to access on my windows partition.

To the problem: I have absolutely no clue as to the cause, but directly after selecting windows 7 from my grub menu, I get stuck on a black screen with a flashing cursor in the upper left corner of the screen (like '_' found in terminal) I've tried leaving it like this for at least half an hour in hopes that it may load but no luck. Luckily I also have Ubuntu installed on a separate partition of the same harddrive (leading me to believe that it isn't a hardware fault) But when I try to access the windows partition from ubuntu I get the following error:

No idea what it means but seems something has gone wrong with the partition that Windows 7 is on.

This seemed to happen while I was away from the computer, I had left it running with Firefox open while I went downstairs to have dinner, upon my return I sound the Ubuntu logon screen displayed (ubuntu is default operating system to load from grub menu) So that about leaves me where I am now, trying to find a solution.

Not sure if it helps, but here are some specs:

Acer Aspire 5739G
Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 2.1GHz
Nvidia GeForce GT 130M

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium and Ubuntu 11.04

Any help is greatly appreciated and I hope you generous folk are able to help me fix this! Thanks!!

A:[Urgent] Windows 7 Won't boot after Grub screen

Sorry to double post, I couldn't find an option for editing my original post. But thought I'd also post a screenshot of the HDD as taken from Disk utility:

The 262GB Acer partition is almost full (about 2GB free space left) Not sure if that makes any difference. In addition, I have been hibernating the computer a lot while games were running, again, just throwing info out that may help diagnose the problem.

Thanks again!

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I was hoping there is a bootloader wiz out there who can help me with this problem.

Basically, I started with Xp, then installed ubuntu, then windows 7. I installed grub so I could try to load all 3. That's when I started having problems booting xp (when I try to select it i get a blank screen).

So I uninstalled grub, leaving me with the windows 7 boot loader with the option to select windows 7 or xp, but it still won't boot. Since I uninstalled grub I am thinking it is a problem with windows 7.

As a side note, the windows 7 boot loader is in the xp partition. Also, I was able to boot xp from grub just fine after installing ubuntu.

Here is a post I made with some more details: Cannot boot xp from grub in multiboot - Linux Forums

A:XP doesn't boot after installing windows 7 & grub


From within 7, go to folder options and show hidden files.
There should be a boot.ini on the Xp partition.

Rt click it and select Edit.

Is it pointing at the second partition (I assume XP is on the second partition now?).

If not, d/l this, rt click >properties>unblock>Apply>ok.


Unzip it and copy the boot.ini file onto the XP partition - overwrite the existing one.

Hope it helps.

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Hi all,
I am retired, living 550 kilometers from the nearest city.
I just bought a used "high spec" computer which had Windows 7 Ultimate installed on the one SSD, and Linux on the other SSD. At my request the seller generously uninstalled Linux, and formatted the SSD.
When I now start my computer, I get the message;
GNU GRUB version 2.02 beta2-9
Minimal BASH - like line editing is supported. For the first word. TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere elseTAB lists possible device or file completions.
When disconnecting the second SSD, it boots well, but then I obviously don't have use of the second SSD.
I have since Friday been reading on the web, and whilst there seems to be an "Ubuntu" cure for this, I have absolutely no idea what it refers to. I used to think I have an average knowledge of computers, But clearly I don't.
Please help if you can, as my computer is my only company.
Thanks & kind regards

A:Windows 7 Ultimate won't boot - GNU GRUB version 2.02 beta2-9

Hi Zelle, and Welcome,
You might be better off posting this in the linux forum.
Grub is more of a linux thing and I am sure someone will know how to remove it,
Good luck 

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thank u so much for this good tutorial,i have downloaded the windows 7 7264 for x86,my problem is that now i have two operating systems:
1)XP Sp2
2)Linux Fedora

now my boot loader is GRUB and with that i select which of them start,the default is windows Xp, now i want to delete linux and just have windows xp and then install windows 7.
so i think i shoud first change bootloader and then install windows7,but i don't know how to do this this.can u plz help me?

another thing where can i see windows7 requirements,and the file system for installing it shoud be NTFS is it right?
at least how many GBs shoud i have for installing it?


A:Remove GRUB with XP as dual boot to install Windows 7?

any solution?

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Hi all,

I Have a desktop compaq pc since 2011 with windows 8 installed,
This pc not formated/resetted since 2011 ( 6 years) and i have also installed in marsh 2014 reimage repair and freeven because of fake java/Dropbox installations by a suspicious sites,

In 2015 we are infected respectively by Filefact smart file advisor, alcoholsoft/filefacts toolbar with hxxp://start.filefacts.com in default homepage in marsh 2015, then Fix-It Registry Optimizer in October 2015, and ZoneAlarm Toolbar in december 2015,

After installations on december 31th 2015 i have installed Abbyy Finereader 12 Trial version and Daemon Tools Lite, but with a suspicious site and one Boxore icon appears on desktop,

One day later late in evening, i have installed all Avanuest Trial version, one of theses is the malicious Registry First Aid rogue installed,

After purchased a logitec webcam on Amazon at marsh, i go to download the new Cyberlink VideoMeeting+ on a curious site and the Systweak suite comes on my desktop/windows explorer with regcleanpro and advanced systemprotector,

In rage, i go take multiples scans, disinfections apps and logs during all the marsh 2016 month, and now her results:
Adsfix: http://www.cjoint.com/doc/16_03/FCgsgvvNhzn_AdsFix-04-03-2016-01-59-32.txt
Zhpdiag: ZHPDiag.txt
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: tmp-29690-Malwarebytes Anti-Malware-rapport426775351.txt
Roguekiller: roguekiller-rapport.txt
Pre_scan: http://www.cjoint.com/doc/16_03/FCgshkgXs2n_Pre-Scan-06-03-2016-12-20-12.txt
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Hi all,

I'm trying to re-install the Windows 7 boot manager on my system in place of the GRUB boot manager that is currently used. I've read in most places that you can use the Win7 disc and Startup Recovery > Command Prompt, then the bootrec /FixMBR, bootrec /FixBoot options, however I'm having a problem.

In the dialog with title 'Startup Recovery Options', from where you can pick the operating system to recover, I have none listed. If I select 'Load Drivers' I can see the the drive with my Windows installation, but the dialog can't! Furthermore, if I proceed without picking an OS, and use bootrec /ScanOS from the command prompt it tells me there is a Windows installation. If I then try to cd D:\ it just echos "D:\" on a new line, and the prompt returns to 'X:\' (the disk I'm booting from I suppose).

I've tried EasyBCD (fails out, can't find any OSes) and msconfig Boot tab (no OSes there either)...

This is driving me mad... no searches seem to mention this problem, just explaining how bootrec works, so any help would be appreciated!



A:Solved: Re-install Windows 7 boot manager (to replace GRUB)

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this is what I did, since I have no CD-ROM, to install Win7 I created a partion X: NTFS and set it as the ACTIVE ONE, the put there the Windows 7 installation files, and opened prompt command to type bootsect.exe /n60 X: , next I restarted my computer, and automatically it booted into the Windows 7 setup, I installed Windows 7 on the partition C: and formatted the partition C:, everything installed and after the installation finished, a multiple choice menu appears that reads:
Windows 7
Windows Setup

I believe my error was not to set partition C: back as the active one, during the installation process where it asks you in which partition to install, I just formatted C: but forgot to set it as the ACTIVE ONE

I have 6 partition in total, but there is no need to put them all, just the ones , that are involved, this is how my partitions look:
Cboot,page file,crash dump, primary partition)
XSystem,Active,Primary partition <<<this one became hidden


Windows Boot Manager
identifier {bootmgr}
device device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume6
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
integrityservices Enable
default {current}
resumeobject {d83e2461-3627-11e2-b0f9-efb109b9309a}
displayorder {current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windo... Read more

A:Windows boot files or boot manager installed in wrong partitiion

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.

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I have a laptop drive with a FAT32 C: drive and an NTFS partiton E: drive. I would like to combine the two and just have one drive C: taking up the whole drive without losing any data. I tried using Partition Manager Express, but it refused to do what I wanted; it would create a new partition, but not combine C: and E:. How can I end up with a single drive without having to wipe everything out? I am using WINXP Home. Thanks.

A:Resizing boot partiton in XP

Are the two partitions adjacent to each other or is there a D: in between? I believe partition magic can only combine adjacent partitions. If they are adjacent, have you tried converting C: to NTFS first and then combining them?

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I have got an 80gb hard drive that was once split into two 40gb partitons, 1 boot (primary partition) and 1 extended (logical drive). I decided to format, then delete the extended partiton and was hoping that i could resize the primary partiton to accomodate the unallocated space. Unfortunetly, I am trying to extend it and keep getting a message in Disk Management saying "you can only extend the volume to the available space shown because your disk cannot be converted to dynamic or the volume being extended is a boot or system volume".
The 'available space' is no more then the current size of the partition (40gb).

Why are you not allowed to extend a boot partition and if possible is their a solution?

A:Extend Boot Partiton

Hi, sadly you cannot extend a boot volume. You could try downloading and using Ultimate Boot CD and some of the partitions tools on it to do this (Partition Manager), but I can't guarantee the PC will boot afterwards

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Hai All,

I am using Dell inspiron 1720 since long time. Now i am facing a problem with PC and i want to boot the system from the recovery partiotion( it is in D drive).I am using MaCfee antivirus for last 3 years.Last week i boot my system then i saw that MaFee is not there and i am not able to access internet explorer and even other application.I guess some virus has made some registry changes. Since last 6 months when i boot my system i used to get a blue screen saying that BOOT_MEMORY problem consult a technician.
Now i want to reboot my system from my System Recovery Partion ...please hlp me in this case...My operating system is windows vista and i don't have the Cd for tha same. but i have product key number...

Please help me...

A:boot from recovery partiton

If I remember correctly you will need to press F10 at boot to get to the recovery options on a Dell

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Hi there,

I've been trying for a couple of hours and can't seem to find a solution.

Now, I've installed Win 7 (Professional) on the same as XP is installed. When I try to boot from HDD, I only get the XP entries, but can only boot Win7 through.

Any ideas on how to fix this?

Thank you.

A:Installed 7 on same partition as XP unable to boot the former

Okay then. Nevermind. I installed the bootloader on a different partition and set the bios to boot from that partition. works now.

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have 3 1/2 yr old desktop, which had XP 'Vista capable'. This spring had a tech install Vista upgrade...but he kept the XP and then was able to keep my programmes/data. I have tried running XP but it comes with an error message saying parts are corrupt. My current MAJOR problem is I now get an error message on a blank (blue or black ...can't remember the colour) screen every time I restart the computer saying: 'book partiton in table' (yes, partition is spelled wrong in the message). To bypass this I have to
F8 and do 'last known good config' or similar. This is all a really big pain as I have to restart several times each day to keep everything running. I do plan on buying a new system in the next few months, and at that time doing a clean install of Vista on this system..however I really need it to run properly until that time. Please, please help me get read of this error message and be able to start/restart the system properly!

Thanks much!
Christine/British Columbia/Canada

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When i boot up my computer it doesnt reach the user login screen before it loads of startup repair. It looks for a fix but it doesnt find one. In the diagnosis the only error it shows is 'Boot critical file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\vmbus.sys is corrupt'. I have booted kaspersky repair disk and run a full scan which found no viruses or malware etc. From the startup repair window i have tried a system restore which had the same problem when attempting to boot. I can only access the system recovery options screen.

I am running windows 7 32bit, and i dont have a windows 7 disk but do have the windows 7 32bit iso file that i used to install windows 7.

I would be grateful for any help to resolve this issue.

Thanks in advance.

A:Unable to boot into Windows 7: Boot critical file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\vmbus.sys is corrupt

but do have the windows 7 32bit iso file that i used to install windows 7
so burn the win7 iso to dvd and see if you can boot to it and run the repair

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Hey guys, I am having an issue when installing the consumer preview. So, I downloaded the W8 iso, off of Microsoft's site. I burned it to a DVD with 4.7 GB free of storage. I even bought a new set of DVDs. Anyways, I downloaded the iso, I downloaded the USB/DVD download tool, there I burned my iso to the DVD. So, I then create a partition on my computer (I gave the new partition 200 GB of storage). I rebooted my computer, pressed F12 and access the burned DVD. So, I click custom installation, and I install the new OS, onto the partition with 200 GB. I named it the partition Windows 8, so I wouldn't get confused. I clicked it, and installed Windows 8 onto it. Anyways, once it extracts the data and installs all the updates, my computer screen goes black, for a few seconds. Then, it load's the fish icon, and then goes black. It loads nothing, and it just stays there. I have tried using the startup repair, and it cannot fix it. I decided to reinstall the OS, but format the partition, and then install...It does the same. exact. thing.

Anyways, how do I get rid of the black screen? Windows 8 won't boot up. : (

(I allowed a dual boot, by the way, so I still have windows 7, but I really want to try Windows 8.)I followed this guide if anyone was wondering.

A:Windows 8 dual boot installed, Windows 8 won't boot up. Black Screen!

I'm having similar issues with Vista and W8. I put W8 on an empty and freshly created partition.
I can get W8 to run but then on every restart or reboot I can not get back to Vista from the "blue dual boot screen". I select Vista as the OS, the laptop goes to the Acer splash screen and then the screen goes black and the HDD light goes off completely. And that's it. Have to do a forced shutdown holding power button and then on next reboot it will go to Vista.
Fortunately I have full Acronis disk images so I can just revert back to before all this but like you I really want to try W8.

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Hey Everyone

I've recently tried installing windows 10 on my machine and run into a problem.So far im unable to get passed the windows boot screen with the spinning circle getting stuck or none at all.But when I either remove my gpu(980ti) from the system or boot into safe mode it works flawlessly. I have ruled out the possibilities that its a driver issue because its a total clean install,or a psu issue as I've been running the computer for over a year with the setup (850 psu )
If anyone has any input that would be awesome, Thanks again

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I used a windows image in transfer my computer to a new ssd drive. The image copied even the hd size. The ssd is a 256 and my old hd was a 160. I now have 150gb boot section, a 100mb reserve and a 90gb unallocated space. what can I do to remove the partition and combine the space so I have access to the full drive? I searched and couldnt find anything.


A:removing unallocated partiton on boot drive

Quote: Originally Posted by jayulzvern

what can I do to remove the partition and combine the space so I have access to the full drive?

Remove what partition?

The unallocated space is not a partition. It's unallocated space.

You can add the unallocated space to C via Windows Disk Management IF AND ONLY IF the unallocated space is immediately to the right of C, contiguous with it, as displayed in Windows Disk Management.

If the unallocated space is anywhere else, you will have to use a tool such as Partition Wizard bootable disc.

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After deleting the partition on which Ubuntu was installed and enlarging the windows partition to fill the old space at the same time( stupid I know), I am unable to boot to Windows 7. All I see is a command line message that says Unknown File System and on the next line says Grub Rescue> with the option to input commands. After looking at this forum and Ubuntu forums I'm still unable to resolve the issue. I would like to be able to boot into windows 7.

A:Unable to boot Windows 7 after unistalling Ubuntu Dual boot

You'll have to restore your Master Boot Record. See this tutorial:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

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Hi Guys, Previously installed mSata with my envy ts 15-j173ca with Windows 8.1 and boot directly with the mSata where windows reside. Take note even when the old HDD is installed as a data drive, with BIOS version F.66. With this configuration everything works and boot directly via mSata and love it very much because it is truly very fast.  Until I upgraded by BIOS to F.68 and reinstalled windows 8.1. Now I can no longer directly boot via mSATA w/o going into the F9 Boot Menu option. Take note that removing the internal SHHD drive fix the issue and boots normally. Tried every combination in the boot menu via BIOS but have no luck at all. Is it possible to downgrade my BIOS to F.66 - and how am I gonna do that? Any recommendations pls.....? Many thanks,Gerry  

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In my hard-disk i have total 4 partition ©:windows, (D):data, (E):HP Recovery Manager and (F):Windows 7. Therefore Initial Stage where Windows Boot Manager loads i use to get two option whether want to load from windows 7 or Windows vista.

But some few days back my pc were infected with trojon, etc. Then i used HP Recovery Manager to restore my PC to default factory settings. After re-installing Windows Vista from the Recovery manager, I reconize that i am unable to boot to my Windows 7. I think Boot Manager has been disturbed. If i place Windows 7 DVD then windows files load and then hangs for few mins and then message displays that
"Windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer.
This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device such as an external USB drive while the device is in use, or by faulty hardware such as a hard drive or CD-ROM drive that is failing. Make sure any removable storage is properly connected and then restart your computer.
If you continue to receive this error message, contact the hardware manufacturer.
Status: 0xc00000e9
Info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred."

I dint Attach any removable storage to my pc.

I have tried EasyBCD 2.1, but installation stops in middle and program exits without installing it.

Therefore how to boot from Windows 7 and fix the Boot Manager, where i can load in both the windows version.

So can anyone help with it as soon as possible, bec... Read more

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Just got a GTX 980 (Asus reference) and when I've got it installed it freezes at "Starting Windows" and I have to hold the power button it to restart it.

When trying to boot to safe mode, the computer hangs on classpnp.sys

I know it's not the graphics card as it boots on my friend's computer and I know it's not a huge deal with the computer as when I reinstall my EVGA GTX 660ti the computer boots fine.

Any ideas? I've made sure it's properly seated with the 2x6pin inserted correctly. I've also tried reinstalling the geforce experience drivers.

A:Newly installed 980, unable to boot (safe mode freezes at classpnp.sys

Have you tried running a Starup Repair

Startup Repair

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The other day i try to load xp and it hangs. I have a dual boot sys with XPprosp1 and redhat with GRUB as my loader. I try safe mode xp and it hangs on agp440. So i try to boot from the xp cd to recovery console. Unfortunately i screw up when inputting my admin password and it kicks me. I try again but now i can't boot from the cd. After bios it says "boot from cd" but then jumps right to GRUB, completelt bypassing the boot cd AND a boot disk. I can get to redhat fine (thank god) but cant get to the recovery console. Did i screw myself permanently when i flubbed the admin passwd or is it GRUB?

A:grub won't let me boot from xp cd

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Win 7x64
Everything seems to be working fine, but as the title suggests, when i tap F8 the Advanced boot options DO appear, but when i engage "Repair Windows" it just goes into a normal boot. Ive tried booting from my installation CD that i've purchased from Acer, but does nothing. And Yes My CD Drive is working, as well having this set as top priority in BIOS and CD is in good condition.

In addition to this, ive tried using the "Advanced Recovery options" from within Windows itself but when i go to click restart computer, i get an error message, with red-x, stating windows is unable to restart.

Additional info that may be relevant, is that a few months ago, i had a friend work on my computer, because windows wouldnt boot at all. When My laptop was returned to me, everything was fresh, but there was missing programs etc...He said, he had to format the hard drive to get it up and running again.

Anyway i appreciate any help as to what i should i do next, or answer any questions you may have-Thank-you!

A:Unable to access System Recovery in Boot Menu, and unable to boot disk

He said, he had to format the hard drive to get it up and running again.

What type of Windows DVD was used?

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Yes, I know this question belongs in the kali linux forum. Here it is there:
This forum is just way more helpful.
I am trying to do a dual boot on windows 10 with a Gateway NE56R49U laptop.
My partitions are in the following picture: [ ext4 is where Kali is going]

Which partition do I install GRUB to?
ie: (/dev/sda)

Do I have to do anything to get it to boot correctly since linux requires Legacy Bios and Windows requires UEFI? If so, what? If I wanted to install Ubuntu, should I do that first and then install Kali? Would that make this easier for me?

I appreciate all the help I can get.

A:Where would I put GRUB for a dual boot?

It depends which bootloader you want to use. Personally, I use Grub, specifically Burg - this is what it looks like:

I have Mint and Windows on my SSD (dev/sda) - which has Grub in that MBR.

Recently I messed with the partitions on my second HDD (dev/sdb) and lost Windows boot - Grub's osprober found windows OK but windows still would not boot
Macruim Reflect's "fix Windows boot" only managed to overwrite Grub, but the boot error persisted.
The way I fixed it was re-installing Grub from Live, then running diskpart from the Win install media to get the system and windows drive letters - ran chkdsk /f /r on both those - came out clean - what fixed it was bcdboot [windows drive letter]:/windows.

Just relaying my experience as something to bear in mind when setting yours up.

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Acer Aspire 5349 laptop running
Windows 7
6gb ram
rest is stock
My HDD Failed and stopped booting, i was getting "No boot device found" when i woke up in the morning but then i'd reboot and it was fine, one day it wasn't fine and stopped booting. Now if i let it try and boot after post i can hear it working hard but it just goes to black.
I've had problems with this HDD before so my plan was to boot to a recuse USB, backup my data and then reinstall windows but I can't get any USB to boot.
I've made a Kaspersky and a Gparted USB and both give me "Grub Error symbol grub isprint not found"
then goes into rescue mode.
Does anyone know why this is happening? I have zero clue as to what to do, this has always worked in the past. 
Edit: So i tried to make a windows install usb and now it just goes to what looks like a full screen command prompt with the under score blinking.

A:Can't boot from USB - Grub Error

So, the Kaspersky and GParted USB drives can both successfully enter Rescue Mode?  It's just that there's an error before they do it?
If that's the case, then it's likely that this is a bug in GRUB:  https://www.google.com/search?q=Grub+Error+symbol+grub+isprint+not+found&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
If that's not the case, then try the bootable MemTest86+ USB (free from here:  http://www.memtest.org/#downiso )
If that works, then the system appears OK (and I'd have to wonder about the Kaspersky and GParted USB drives)

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Hello forums,
I recently successfully installed an Ubuntu/Windows 8.1 dual-boot, however soon stripped the Ubuntu partitions using Partition manager in Windows. I accidentally rebooted my system while faffing around in some advanced options and am now stuck in GRUB without means of a rescue drive. Any help would be much appreciated,


A:Grub boot nightmare

Do you not have any external bootable media for your system? Do you have any way of getting some version, possibility even a Windows 7 or the 8.1 Enterprise version so you can make a bootable DVD or flash drive?

Did you install Ubuntu as a Legacy install, or a UEFI? Have you tried using the Bios to set the Windows Boot Manager as primary boot device, or use a Boot Device Menu to see if there are options other than the GRUB?

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When ever i try to turn my pc on it shows GRUB on a black screen
i have installed WUBI 9.04 ubantu linux now i cant log in to any os

Sorry if in wrong section

A:GRUB Shows at boot up

Boot with your Win7 installation CD. When prompted, press R to repair or select repair in the GUI if that apears, select your Win7 installation to repair. Probably #1
Enter the administrator password if you are prompted for it.
To repair the MBR, type in this command: fixmbr hit enter
You will get some prompts, type Y and hit enter to carry out the repair.
Type exit to leave the console and then reboot.

You will loose the dual boot for WUBI into Ubuntu, but it will/should get you back into windows bootup. If you are triple booting you may loose that as well.

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Acer Aspire 5349 laptop running
Windows 7
6gb ram
rest is stock

My HDD Failed and stopped booting, i was getting "No boot device found" when i woke up in the morning but then i'd reboot and it was fine, one day it wasn't fine and stopped booting. Now if i let it try and boot after post i can hear it working hard but it just goes to black.
I've had problems with this HDD before so my plan was to boot to a recuse USB, backup my data and then reinstall windows but I can't get any USB to boot.

I've made a Kaspersky and a Gparted USB and both give me "Grub Error symbol grub isprint not found"
then goes into rescue mode.
Does anyone know why this is happening? I have zero clue as to what to do, this has always worked in the past.

A:Can't boot from USB - Grub Error

I wouldn't use GParted for data rcovery, it is a Partition Editor. Use a Regular Linux distro, like Ubuntu, or Fedora etc.

Use Linux Live USB Creator, http://www.linuxliveusb.com/

Once created, use the distros file manager to navigate to your windows hard drive, copy and paste your data to your recovery location.

Check to make sure your failed drive is recognized in the BIOS.

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hi there

iīve been trying to install linux on my PC for a while .. iīve tried Red Hat, knoppix, SUSE 9.2, Fedora core 3 and core 4 ... not that they dont get installed BUT cannot make the system dualboot.... and because i can not get the internet configured properly , I end up deleting linux ..
Since this year i still havenīt tried any linux yet ... i decided to have another go.... downloaded Fedora Core 5 (since its quiet a new release)...

The only way i maneged to install FC 5 is when i unplugged the XP SATA drive from the PC otherwise there was a no go... (it was the same for the other linux versions aswell) as soon as i unpluged the XP hdd the installation ran as smooth as a hot knive through butter

by the way FC5 is installed on a IDE(PATA) drive and the XP is on a SATA drive

now i have FC5 and XP on the PC but if i want to boot XP i have to unplug the FC5 HDD...
when i was installing FC5 i also installed GRUB with XP(as a non-detected during install)... when i choose to run XP from the GRUB menu i get an error..(no device ..)

the entry for XP in GRUB :

rootnoverify (hd0, 0)
chainloader +1

how can i change the GRUB code to make it look for XP on the SATA drive........ the posts and forums iīve looked so far donīt help much , at least they donīt help me... iīm sure the solution is probably a simple one...

any help would be apreciated

PS : I can start FC5 from GRUB no problem... and iīve set XP as default (in GRUB)..
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A:dual boot and GRUB... help ...

Assuming Windows is actually able to boot with the changed drive ordering..

The rootnoverify line says which BIOS hard drive GRUB should look at. You can try sth like "rootnoverify (hd1,0)"

Mind you, operating systems usually fail to boot when hard drive ordering changes.

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I've got PCLinuxOS installed as the other operating system besides win xp...
I had lilo installed on the boot sector of the drive where PCLinuxOS was installed...
i got tired with lilo errors and had to overwrite it with grub boot loader...
I somehow managed to get grub installed and running... i still have windows bootloader in MBR... and it redirects it to grub... and i can start boot PCLinuxOS with grub commands...

now the main problem... i want grub to display a menu list like it usually does instead of the commandline... its really boring typing commands whenever u wanna boot PCLinuxOS...
there's no file as such /etc/grub.conf.... all i have is /boot/grub/menu.lst.example...

now ppl... do i need to do some editing or create a file something like /etc/grub.conf or something... i'm not sure... tat's y i'm posting here...

looking for some real solutions from u "tech" guys...


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As the title says, my power just went out and im running windows 7 on SSD, along side Ubuntu, now that i try to boot the computer i get a grub rescue prompt and none of the grub commands work, also i get a simple No such device error.
Im at a delima i dont know where my repair disk is, and my OS disk is with a friend, any help?

Thanks in advance, sorry for little amount of information.

A:Power Went Out- Grub Rescue - Cant Boot

Thanks for all the help i got it my self after a few ours

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Recently I have bought an HP Notebook - 14-ac003tu laptop and successfully installed Windows 7 Ultimate. I did not delete pre-installed partitions like DOS and HPDocs. I found that when I turn on the computer, it displays boot manager (looks like GRUB - I am familiar with Linux) that made me have to wait 30 seconds or click 'Enter' or 'b' button to boot Windows 7. I am sure it was not Windows Boot Manager, since I am familiar with it's display. My question is: How to hide the boot manager, so I can automatically boot to Windows 7 after I turn on the computer?Looking forward for responds from anyone.

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I tried different versions of Ubuntu to see what works and what doesn't. The last time I installed Ubuntu I specified 'nvme0' as the drive to boot form, instead of 'nvme0n1'. That was a mistake. When it rebooted after the installation was finished I found myself staring at a red grub boot menu telling me:
GNU GRUB  version 2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3*If you are seeing this menu, your installation has failed. Choose from the following options for debugging purposes: Single user mode Automated installation of Ubuntu 16.04 (Default)
When choosing 'Automated installation' it sort of re-installs, without giving me any option of configuring the installation. It ends up booting in the same red grub boot menu.
Choosing 'Single user mode' makes it do some stuff and then I see:
Welcome to rescue mode! After logging in, type...Press Enter for maintenance(or press Control-D to continue): _
I press Control-D and a version of Ubuntu launches.

I also tried inserting the dell recovery USB-stick I made and then launching it via the bios boot menu. But again I go straight to the red grub boot menu.
Logically thinking I'd say grub need to be removed from the nvme0 disk. I have no clue how to do that though. I don't even know what it is actually. You'd say 'nvme0n1p1' through 4 are the partitions and 'nvme0n1' is the disk. But what then is 'nvme0'?
Anyone an idea what I could try?

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