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#1 2023-06-05 18:58:00

JaydenDev
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How to move EFI to beginning of the drive.

I am using the 'archinstall' command from the latest (2023.6.1) ISO. I have a home partition that I would like to reuse. Problem is, how do I move the EFI partition to the beginning of my disk? If I have the EFI partition come after my home partition, it won't boot properly. How do I move it?


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#2 2023-06-05 19:42:28

ua4000
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Re: How to move EFI to beginning of the drive.

Hi, the EFI partition usually must not be at the beginning of the disk.
Exception could be a faulty UEFI implementation of your hardware, or this limitation:
"the ESP MUST reside in the first 2.2 Terabytes of the disk."
Can you rule out both ?

And can you please explain your problem "it won't boot properly" more in detail, with some logs ?

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#3 2023-06-05 19:44:16

JaydenDev
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Re: How to move EFI to beginning of the drive.

ua4000 wrote:

Hi, the EFI partition usually must not be at the beginning of the disk.
Exception could be a faulty UEFI implementation of your hardware, or this limitation:
"the ESP MUST reside in the first 2.2 Terabytes of the disk."
Can you rule out both ?

And can you please explain your problem "it won't boot properly" more in detail, with some logs ?

I haven't even installed the system. I wanted to make sure I found a solution before installing. I thought the EFI partition had to be the first partition on the drive? I want to make the EFI partition the first partition, meaning I have to move the home partition.

Last edited by JaydenDev (2023-06-05 19:44:56)


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#4 2023-06-05 20:04:47

ua4000
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Re: How to move EFI to beginning of the drive.

Have a look at
https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/EFI_system_partition

So if you don't have a huge disk (>2TB) and not a rare hardware, put the EFI partition at any free position.

If you insist on re-partition: this is risky, only proceed, if you have enough backups :-)

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