Drive Backup 10 Pro - MBR Only and First Track Only Archives ?

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  1. JosephB

    JosephB Registered Member

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    In case in the future, I need to only restore the MBR or only restore the First Hard Disk Track:

    Using "Paragon Drive Backup 10 Pro", I created Backup Image Archives of just the MBR and First Hard Disk Track With MBR.
    ... One Archive of just the MBR and one Archve of First Hard Disk Track With MBR.
    This resulted in the following:

    On the Archive Tab, of the Paragon windows GUI, it indicates the following:

    For MBR only Archive .... Source Object Size = 0 bytes
    .... Archive Size = 3.4 KB

    For First Track with MBR .... Source Object Size = 0 bytes
    .... Archive Size = 9.2 KB

    Questions:

    1. Was the MBR only Archive created successfully and the MBR actually copied into the archive, if the "Source Object Size" is stated as 0 bytes ?

    2. Also, how big is a typical MBR ? Does an archive size of 3.4 KB sound right for a typical MBR ?


    3. Was the "First Hard Disk Track - with MBR" Archive created successfully and the First Track actually copied into the archive, if the "Source Object Size" is stated as 0 bytes ?

    4. Also, how big is a typical First Track ? Does an archive size of 9.2 KB sound right for a typical First Track ?
     
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  2. Mech_An

    Mech_An Registered Member

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    1. Yes, MBR was successfully created. The source object size = 0 Bytes is OK, because MBR is not included in file system and it is unable to get its size.
    2. MBR is binary file of first Hard Disk sector and it consists of 31 row and 16 columns of binary data. It's real size couldn't be calculated, because size is file system specific parameter. For MBR backup 3-4 KB are OK.
    3. The same situation as for MBR. First Hard Disk Track is not included in file system and it has no size.
    4. First Hard Disk Track includes MBR and initial first Track. It is a bit bigger than MBR, but contains Hard Disk unique details and registration info for some software (e.g. DreamViewer). For backup 9-11 KB are OK.
     
  3. JosephB

    JosephB Registered Member

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    Mech_An,

    Thanks, it was alarming to see 0 bytes for source. I thought it had copied nothing.

    P.S.

    Is there any advantage to create a Backup Image of "MBR Only" -- OR -- is Backup Image of "First Hard Disk Track" (which includes mbr), all you need ?
     
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