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    Linux Mint 14 rewrote my MBR so I can't boot into win8

    hello!

    I am trying to dual boot onto my desktop. My main os is win8 and i wanted to install linux mint 14 on the side.

    I ran self-boot repair and it said it was successful. So i restarted and there was no win8 option.

    here is my pastebin generated URL:

    paste2.org/p/2743107

    Before i installed linux I had three partitions:
    500 mb boot partition i think? something along those lines
    200gb for win8
    200gb for linux mint
    rest unpartitioned space

    I selected the option to install linux mint ALONGSIDE win8 and selected the 200gb partition for linux mint. BUT linux mint decided to rewrite my mbr haha

    Any help would be highly appreciated

    thanks in advance!

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    Re: Linux Mint 14 rewrote my MBR so I can't boot into win8

    Thread moved to the "Other OS/Distro Talk" forum.

    Link to Mint forums : http://forums.linuxmint.com/

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    Re: Linux Mint 14 rewrote my MBR so I can't boot into win8

    do linux mint people even know about the self-boot repair tool?

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    Re: Linux Mint 14 rewrote my MBR so I can't boot into win8

    Boot-Repair added syslinux which is a Windows boot loader to the MBR of sda. Are you booting sda from BIOS?

    You only show a swap, but no Linux install? You labeled a NTFS partition as mint but Linux does not install to NTFS (unless wubi).

    You do not want to have Windows 8 hibernated if dual booting.

    WARNING for Windows 8 Dual-Booters
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1953674
    It defaults shutdown to a hybrid hibernation/off state for fast boot
    http://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-enab...p-in-windows-8
    But then files may be corrupted similar to Windows 7 Hibernation:
    http://ubuntu-with-wubi.blogspot.ca/...rid-sleep.html
    http://superuser.com/questions/14472...te-w-dual-boot
    Reboot/mount issues
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...g/+bug/1043149
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Linux Mint 14 rewrote my MBR so I can't boot into win8

    ok so win8 isn't hibernating

    i created a partition called linux mint using the linux mint live cd so you would think they would default it to the right partition type, not ntfs

    yes i am booting sda from bios.

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    Re: Linux Mint 14 rewrote my MBR so I can't boot into win8

    If you create partitions in advance you really do not have to format, as you can format during the manual install. But I usually format when I partition. Any auto install options will not use existing partitions, but will install to unallocated space or let you resize existing partitions to make unallocated, or totally overwrite your entire hard drive deleting everything.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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