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Restore default bootloader without harming partitions
Authored by: Typhoon14 on Nov 20, '09 12:17:45PM

Good explanation. This also goes to show why you in general need to be very careful with anything non-Apple that modifies partitions or boot loaders. The way Apple deals with the MBR is actually rather non-standard. Typically, the MBR is not used at all with EFI, a small amount of data being written there only to let non-EFI systems know that the drive is not blank. Apple actually does write a proper Master Boot Record for the purposes of allowing systems that do not support EFI (Windows XP, and all 32-bit versions of Windows Vista/7) to boot natively. So you have a system with both a Master Boot Record, as well as EFI boot info written to NVRAM. Windows and Linux based disk utilities don't expect this setup and results may be different than you would expect.



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