Talk:Master Boot Record

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Add session: Create A New MBR for a USB stick

I create this "guide" because I think it is needed.
My USB stops working and I need to recreate the MBR and so I followed the "guide" in this page with those AUR like ms-sys, but it did not work. At last I found that it is simple with cfdisk/mkfs.vfat (no need AUR stuff). Sorry for my English. (Sep 22, 2015)
>>Reason: Out of scope, see fdisk which does "erase" just fine
Well, in my case, I "dd" a window installation to that USB, which makes USB become "gpt" type. After that I do not know how to use fdisk to "erase" that. So I had to "dd" and then "cfdisk" to revive that USB. Anyway, maybe I am not so pro in Linux.
Anyway, whether "fdisk" or not, there should be some guide that tell how to reset the disk MBR. (Sep 22, 2015)
The "guide" depends on your favourite partitioning tool. All the linked pages explain how to create a new "partition table" (more general than just MBR). In all the *disk tools, this is done with the o command. -- Lahwaacz (talk) 15:27, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarifications. I think I understand your points. However: (1) I beleive that there should be some practical guide, not just links to other websites; in fact, I took me quite a time to read/try... just to solve that simple issue; (2) I really prefer cfdisk (or ncurses stuffs) to fdisk or gparted; fdisk is too hard to use, and gparted is not usable when there is no GUI. -- triplc Sep 23 2015
There is nothing wrong with linking to or relying on external websites, see Help:Style#Hypertext_metaphor. We just try to avoid duplicating the instructions on every page where applicable, which hopefully brings clarity to most of the pages. I'm not saying that the instructions here are perfect, but as it is now, all the info specific to the *disk tools belongs on the fdisk page. -- Lahwaacz (talk) 07:17, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
Removed with [1], closing. -- Alad (talk) 15:47, 7 February 2016 (UTC)