Restore- choose to restore MBR and Track 0?

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by itobor, Jun 6, 2008.

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  1. itobor

    itobor Registered Member

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    I assume that when given the choice in the restore options one should choose to restore BOTH the C:\ drive and the MBR and Track 0.

    Any reason not to?

    Under what circumstances would one be better to chose only restoring c:\ drive and NOT MBR and Track 0?
     
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    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    itobor,

    This is one situation where you must not restore the MBR and Track 0.

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=167401&page=2#29

    In general, when you are restoring an image to a new HD you would click Restore MBR and Track 0 if you had a special MBR. Otherwise it doesn't matter if you choose not to restore your old MBR. Acronis TI creates a generic MBR.
     
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    itobor Registered Member

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    Brian K - thanks for that.

    Just to make sure I understand:

    When doing a restore to an existing hard drive (say the C:\ drive), as opposed to when setting up a new HDD , it doesn't matter if you use the "restore MBR and track 0" option since TI will create its own generic MBR. (only matters when a sizing problem as in thread to which you directed me)

    Also, (though I can't seem to find the option at the moment, maybe getting confused with Norton Ghost 14 which I am trialling on another machine which is not accessible right now for me to check), isn't there another choice in restore about whether or not to keep or replace the existing partition? (Sorry if I am totally confused between the different software - it has been a rough week of trying to resurrect both my XP laptop and Vista desktop).
     
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    There is no need to restore the MBR and Track 0 when restoring an image to the same HD as the MBR and Track 0 are already there. They are not part of any partition.

    When restoring an image to a new HD, unless you have a special MBR, there is no need to restore the MBR and Track 0. Acronis TI creates a MBR anyway. But if you want to, that's OK. It just doesn't matter.
     
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