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Restore Grub to M8 partition? [Solved]

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Re: Restore Grub to M8 pasrtition? [Solved]

#11 Post by uncle mark » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:53 am

Just as a point of information, and I'm referring now to grub-legacy, the reality is that grub is always installed to the root partition. What is installed to the MBR (or not) is a "pointer" that tells the machine the boot information is located "somewhere", that somewhere normally being the root partition where /boot/grub is located. While it may sound nit-picky, it's a concept that once grasped goes a long way toward understanding how grub works, especially in multi-boot situations. It also helps to think of grub in terms of it being a standalone OS, that does only one thing. If you can grok that and the concept of the MBR "pointer", then setting up a standalone boot partition becomes intuitive and simple.
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Re: Restore Grub to M8 pasrtition? [Solved]

#12 Post by lucky9 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:54 pm

GRUB 2 does basically the same. (If you install any GRUB it puts a pointer on the MBR and the Partition that has the OS that you're installing will have the actual loading-the-OS part of GRUB.) Most other bootloaders using a non-GPT partitioning scheme do the same.
In some situations a boot Partition is used. I understand that GPT does this. Is that correct?
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