Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by Roger Macon, Jul 1, 2008.
Is it possible to restore just the MBR?
Yes. TI versions greater than 10 automatically back up Track 0 and MBR when creating an image. If you have an image of your disk then check only Track 0 and MBR when doing a restore.
Actually this process started with v.9 on up.
Do you mean restore the MBR without restoring an image?
Thanks to all for responding!
Yes, I mean restoring only the "MBR without restoring an image". I am currently using TI v9.0-3677.
About 2 weeks ago my OS stopped recognizing my dedicated external hard drive so I am terrified that I have gone this long without a Full System Backup. My though is that IF I could restore JUST the MBR from +- 2 weeks ago perhaps all would be well and I can get current with a Full Sys Backup.
Restoring Track 0 and MBR will not affect the recognition of external hard disks.
Have you tried using Windows Disk Management console to look at the status of your external hard disk? Perhaps you only need to assign it a drive letter.
The MBR only needs to be restored if your computer won't boot. And the only time you really need to back it up is if you have some sort of "exotic" multiboot / bootloader system.
I never backup or restore the MBR. In 99 percent of the cases it's insignificant. If you have a normal "one OS" computer, and your MBR gets damaged/corrupted etc, a simple fixmbr/fixboot will fix that.
If you restore the MBR on a system that is booting properly, more than likely nothing will happen. It won't fix your external drive. the external drive problem is more than likely "windows related".
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