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Fedora 16 GPT, GRUB2 and BIOS Boot Partition

As people start experimenting with Fedora 16 (Verne), many are encountering the concept of of a GPT (GUID Partition Table), the GRUB2 multiboot utility and the concept of a BIOS Boot partition for the first time. Here is how Fedora 16 Beta set up the partitions on a 8Gb disk when all defaults were selected: # parted /dev/vda GNU Parted 3.0 Using /dev/vda Welcome to GNU Parted! Type ‘help’ to view a list of commands. (parted) p Model: Virtio Block Device (virtblk) Disk /dev/vda: 8590MB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: gpt Number Start End Size File system Name Flags

Fedora 16 MBR GRUB Legacy to GPT GRUB2

This post discusses how to upgrade your Fedora 16 system from a MBR partitioned boot disk booted using GRUB Legacy to a GPT partitioned disk booted using GRUB2 and a BIOS Boot partition. For the purpose of this post I set up a 8Gb SPICE guest, installed Fedora 15 and then upgraded the guest to Fedora 16 Beta using the following commands: # rpm –import https://fedoraproject.org/static/A82BA4B7.txt # yum -y update yum # yum clean all # yum -y –releasever=16 –disableplugin=presto distro-sync Here is what the boot disk looks like after the upgrade from Fedora 15 to Fedora 16 Beta had