I am confused about how to handle the MBR (Master boot record). Without fulling understanding this, I did a full backup of my c drive selecting My Computer, directing the backup archive to an HD on a USB port. I decided to replace my existing c drive because I was getting some intermittent sector read errors during the backup. I replaced the HD, and executed a restore. If I remember correctly, under the restore file name (which was automatically selected), there was another option to check the MBR record. Not knowing what to do, I did not check the MBR option for the restore. I completed the restore with validation, and everything worked great. Was the original MBR saved during my Backup? If so, I assume it was restored along with the Restore operation. If the original MBR was not backed up, would I have been able to boot the system without this MBR? As you can see, I am a novice in my understanding the MBR, and how to handle it. I may have just lucked out with my backup / Restore to a new HD. Thanks for any information you can give me to better understand the MBR process.