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Convert Levovo T430 Windows 7 Factory Disk to UEFI Without ReInstall

My Lenovo T430 came with UEFI 2.3.1 firmware but Lenovo had factory-installed Windows 7 Professional 64-bit using an MBR-partitioned 500gb disk. I was a bit unhappy with that and decided to convert the disk to GPT (GUID Partition Table) and modify Windows 7 to UEFI-boot without reinstalling Windows 7. While, I was at it, I decided to install Fedora 17 and enable either operating system to be booted without the need for GRUB, LiLo or the like. This post describes how I did it. This post was written some months after I successfully converted my laptop – so I may

Find Hard Disks on System

Assuming you have a Linux 2.6 kernel, there are a number of places where you can find information about the hard disks on your computer without using any utilities such as fdisk, gdisk or lshw, or by checking log files. All disks and partitions are listed in /proc/partitions. Each disk also has an entry under /sys/block. Under /dev, you can find disks and partitions by serial number (/dev/disk/by-id/), by UUID (/dev/disk/by-uuid), by filesystem label (/dev/disk/by-label/) or by hardware bus (/dev/disk/by-path/.)

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 # 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