To clear up misunderstandings I've had regarding Grub 2, where exactly does it install to when the standard and recommended option "/dev/sda" is selected during installation of Linux? My most recent Manjaro setup is within an extended partition as follows: /dev/sda3 = Extended, flag = lba within this Extended partition: /dev/sda5 = / (root), flag = boot /dev/sda6 = swap /dev/sda7 = /home there is no other O/S, just a Primary storage partition alongside it. The confusion for me happens when I open Gparted and I see the "boot" flag on sda5, but I know I selected "sda" when I chose where grub 2 would be installed. I guess grub 2 is installed on MBR, and it points to grub configuration files on sda5 / ? Part of this confusion arose last night when the h/drive it was installed on started making ticking/clunking noises - not good - even when booting, so I had to scrounge yet another h/drive (second dying drive this week!) then restore an IFL (Image for linux) backup of this setup to it. Restore went without a hitch. So far so good. The problems started, however, when I booted off this restored image (on the new h/drive) and Grub is not found, or something to that effect. luckily I was able to boot off the live Manjaro disk and recover it using a fairly involved procedure found here. I failed miserably at first thinking I had to install grub to sda5, but then finally figured out that I just had to install to sda. So did my restored image not boot because grub 2 is installed on MBR, so the backup does not include it? I chose to backup only the extended partition and the partitions within it. Even though it's not recommended to install grub 2 on one of the Linux partitions, such as "/", does it maybe make more sense to install it this way, so that an image of this extended partition containing the Linux O/S will also back up grub 2?