GPT Partitions with UEFI
I really need some help. I have been tasked with the imaging and deployment of 135 Acer Veriton Nettop PCs for one of our clients. Problem is, I can’t get FOG to image and deploy correctly with these Nettops. The PC’s have Windows 7 installed using a GPT Partition table instead of MBR and FOG is not liking it. First try, it appeared I was able to upload an image successfully but could not push it out. After the disk settled down it breezed threw the rest in a matter of couple seconds with a “task complete”. The Disks have 4 partitions. I have sought after software that would allow me to convert these partitions to MBR without loosing data but have found none compatible with system disks. Reinstalling Windows with a MBR partition is not an option due to licencing issues. I need to either be able to successfully pull and push an image with the existing windows 7 installed or somehow convert the partition table to MBR without data loss. (the bios supports legacy boot). Any help would be appreciated!!!
Just an update everyone,
After hour and hours of research, I have found a way to convert a system GPT partition to MBR without losing data. I compiled a crude walkthrew for everyone.
page for more details on this.
- When you’re happy with the MS-DOS/MBR layout, press w to write changes to the disk.
- Shutdown Fedora 16 and boot from the Windows 7 installation media
- Enter your language & keyboard layout and then select the option to repair your computer in the bottom left corner.
- From the available options, select Startup Repair. Windows will ask for a reboot.
- Follow the previous three steps again to boot the Windows 7 installation and run startup repair
- Once again, boot the Windows 7 installation media but this time opt to open a command prompt instead of choosing startup repair. Type:
- Close the command prompt and run Startup Repair one last time.
%(#000000]Some noted they were successful with skipping the 2nd and 3rd startup repair in the windows 7 install disk. I did all steps. The Rebuildbcd and fixboot threw me an error. That’s when i discovered the next steps necessary.
2: Right click on partition with windows]
4: Run windows recovery to fix any other errors (using startup repair, and sometimes when it scans for OS’s it repairs automatically) Run windows recovery startup repair twice.]
I followed each step listed in order and was able to successfully complete this operation. UEFI is here to stay so I hope that .33 supports GPT partitions and UEFI,
afaik only raw imaging works.