To see the contents of your MBR, use this command:

# dd if=/dev/hda of=mbr.bin bs=512 count=1
# od -xa mbr.bin

The dd command, which needs to be run from root, reads the first 512 bytes from /dev/hda (the first Integrated Drive Electronics, or IDE drive) and writes them to the mbr.bin file. The od command prints the binary file in hex and ASCII formats.

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