I'm going to install Ubuntu 11.04 (alternate, 64bit) for dual boot with win7 on my laptop, and I want to make a backup of my MBR before going ahead. I dont have a windows disc or I would remove it completely.
I've read a few threads and HowTo's but none of them are clear enough for me and my HD seems to already have one more partition than I expected?
I've tried Ubuntu with the Live CD and everything works great. GParted showed;
/dev/sda1 PQSERVICE 15GB label 'diag'
/dev/sda2 SYSTEM RESERVED 100MB label 'boot'
/dev/sda3 Acer 581.07GB no label
I am going to shrink my windows partition (using windows), and then define a partition for Ubuntu and have a final partition for storing files that I want both OS to be able to access (but mainly ubuntu).
So should I shrink windows, create the extra partitions and then backup my MBR to the Storage partition?
I'm not sure how to do it yet (or where the MBR is on my HD), and not very comfortable using dd commands as I have read the warnings!
Why does my system have the PQSERVICE partition? I have recovery DVDs, so is it still required?
Any help appreciated!