Potential user / MBR question...

Discussion in 'FirstDefense-ISR Forum' started by AJohn, Apr 27, 2006.

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  1. AJohn

    AJohn Registered Member

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    I currently use Whole Disk Encryption software that absolutely has to use my MBR for my PC to boot up, otherwise nothing will work.

    My question is:

    Is there a way to install FirstDefense-ISR in a way that doesn't edit the MBR? Is it possible to run FD-ISR from a CD? Is there any way to get FD to work with WDE?
     
  2. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    Maybe Todd can "Leap" in here, but my hunch would be probably not. No FD-ISR can't be run from a CD. When it switches snapshots, it uses the MBR to go to a boot program which controls which snapshot it boots into.

    Might come down to the real need to encrypt a complete disk vs the benefit gained from FD-ISR

    Pete
     
  3. AJohn

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    I'm not extremely familiar with the MBR, but I do know that somehow when using O&O Defrag in offline mode it runs in between the encryption MBR and Windows. I was wondering if FD-ISR could somehow work this way?
     
  4. Peter2150

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    That is because the defrag is running well past the point where the MBR matters. The Master Boot Record is the first thing read from the disk, and it points to the boot loader. FD-ISR and your encryption program modify the master boot record so it first goes to their special litttle program do what they have to do and then proced on the the boot loader.

    In the case of FD-ISR it gives you the option of chosing a snapshot to boot into, and in your case it stops to ask a password.

    Pete
     
  5. Leapfrog Software

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    Greetings AJohn,

    Time for me to "leap" in!

    As Peter mentioned, the MBR is our first point of interception and required to boot your various OS snapshots. I am intrigued with your question and if you are willing I would like to see if there is something we can do for your setup. If you can please contact Leapfrog Software Support with your contact information, I will take it from there.
     
  6. dallen

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    Not only is this software awesome, but the manner in which Todd "jumps" all over these complex questions and unique applications is worth croking about.

    http://dustinallen.com/Wilders/frog.JPG
     
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  7. Leapfrog Software

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    Thanks Dallen! I appreciate that and I will share your wonderful post with the rest of the LSI Team!
     
  8. dallen

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    You're welcome...make sure you check out the cartoon I added. Have a beer, on me.
     
  9. AJohn

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    I greatly appreciate your ambition on this matter! I have sent you my contact info. via the contact form.
     
  10. AJohn

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    LMFAO :D
     
  11. dallen

    dallen Registered Member

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    Thank you AJohn, but I must say, I thought the cartoon would receive more responses.:)
     
  12. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    Ah Dallen the cartoon man.:D
     
  13. ErikAlbert

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    I'm sure many members and lurkers enjoyed your cartoon dallen, they just don't always reply. :)
     
  14. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    Hey Dallen I liked your cartoon, it gave me a chuckle:D
     
  15. dallen

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    Thank you. Hearing you phrase it like that...witht the word "chukle" makes me think that you have heard Ron White. If you have not, maybe you should.
     
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