I need help fixing my master boot record(MBR)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bobbywillmes, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. bobbywillmes macrumors newbie

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    I am running OSX 10.5.8. A little while ago I successfully Boot-Camped my hard drive and installed Windows 7, but i recently got a new hard drive. I copied over my OSX partition successfully, but didn't copy over the Windows partition. On my new drive I went through the boot camp assistant and created a partition and inserted the Windows 7 disc. But when it restarts, it just seems to hang there- it's just a black screen with a blinking white underscore(_).
    I have been told that because I copied over my OSX partition it didn't set up the MBR on the new disk, is their any way to fix this? (besides doing a clean install of OSX)
    Are there any software or guides available to help me fix this?
     
  2. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

    Tex-Twil

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    Hi,
    This someone who told you this is mistaken. There is no MBR needed to have a BootCamp partition. My disk has a GUID partition table and I have a bootcamp partition running. That's the default.

    I don't know though why your disk does not boot. Did you check your installation CD ? Is it really bootable ? Is it the one you used for installing your BT before ?

    Tex.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Did you clone or "copy" your OSX partition. I'd recommend using Carbon Copy Cloner to get your new drive to be a mirror image of the original.

    I'd then run bootcamp and reinstall your windows OS.
     
  4. bobbywillmes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I am sure the disk is bootable. i used that same disc with my old hard drive and was able to boot from is successfully.
     
  5. bobbywillmes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is anybody else able to get some kind of an answer? I have looked and looked, but I must not be looking in the right place for an answer.
    I am sure it's not just the Windows disc. I've used it before for the same exact purpose, and it was successful.
    :confused:
     

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