Use of MBR for restore

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by sarutaro, Jun 12, 2007.

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  1. sarutaro

    sarutaro Registered Member

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    During restore process, there are two choices:

    NTFS (C: )
    MBR and Track 0

    I always chose only "NTFS (C: )" without knowing what MBR does for restore. So far, I did not see any problem with restoring C-partition. My question is under what circumstances I should select "MBR and Track 0" AND/OR "NTFS (C: ) with MBR and Track 0" . Please enlighten me. Thanks. Sarutaro
     
  2. Xpilot

    Xpilot Registered Member

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    If your C drive were to be replaced by a new drive or one that had not been used as your C drive previously it is a good idea to include track 0 and the MBR as then the restored computer should boot sucessfully after a restore.
    In fact with a simple setup such as yours Windows might well play it by ear and boot your system without a restored MBR but why take the chance?
    I always include T.0 and the MBR in all my restores whether they need it or not. It only takes a millisecond or so to run and that way it does not get forgotten.

    Xpilot
     
  3. dougeeebear

    dougeeebear Registered Member

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    For what it's worth, here's a scenario that happened to me:

    I have the Startup Recovery Manager activated.
    I installed a third-party boot manager to try and dual-boot my system and the SRM.
    Needless to say, it wouldn't boot the SRM.
    So I uninstalled the boot manager, and the option to "Press F11 for Acronis Startup Recovery Manager" was gone, and I had an error that prevented me from booting up the OS.
    Using the bootable CD, I restored just the MBR and the "Press F11" option was back to normal, and the OS booted up with no problem.

    Doug
     
  4. sarutaro

    sarutaro Registered Member

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    Thank you for your practical tip.
    Sarutaro
     
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