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Add a MBR to an individual partition?

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I was wondering if it is possible to add a MBR to an individual partition? The reason is I have windows 8 dev pre installed a partition on my spare rig and I would like to boot that physical partition in VMware. Only it can't find an OS. Which I assume is because VMware treats that partition as it's own physical drive but it doesn't have anything to point to the bootloader/OS.
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You should be able to point VMware to the partition, and then boot from the Windows 7/8 iso and use the Bootrec.exe tool to "fix" the mbr for that partition.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392
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should have thought of that. I'll try it when I get home.
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sorry I forgot to reply back.

It didn't work, bootrec couldn't write the files. I suspect because it could still see the whole disk, so it tried to write it in the normal location but VMware had the rest of it locked.

O well it was just for fun

thanks though
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