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Windows 7: Simplest way to restore Windows 7 MBR?

23 May 2009   #1
cintra

Windows 7 RC
 
 
Simplest way to restore Windows 7 MBR?

Sorry, I've searched until my back is about to give in.

Could someone please advise me of the simplest way to restore Windows 7 MBR?

I thought Macrium Reflect would do it when I restored an image backup, but it didn't..

Thanks


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23 May 2009   #2
Pogi

Windows 2000
 
 

Try to do a repair install, I did that more than a couple of times, and it worked even if I didn't use the original istallatation disk i.e. fixed my build 7022 installation with the build 7126 disk.
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23 May 2009   #3
slithernet

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Retail RTM, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

in win xp i always poped the cd in and ran recovery console. You could use fixboot and fixmbr comands to fix it, i dont know if vista or win7 have the recovery console anymore.

Can u get to recovery console in win 7 or vista?
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23 May 2009   #4
cintra

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Thanks all

I have one last image restore to try first using the latest Paragon Drive Backup version.

If that fails to restore the MBR correctly (like Macrium did?) then Repair Install is the answer... the latter might well be fastest, but I want to see if Paragon can be relied upon.

Mvh

It can't. Paragon did not restore the MBR Repair Install next.
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23 May 2009   #5
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

I'm using Acronis to backup and recover W7 ... So far - it's worked.
The trial DL is fully functional for 15 days
It has the options to recover specific partitions and/or the MBR.

To get all the features in Macrium, that Acronis has .. The cost is about the same.


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23 May 2009   #6
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

There seems to be something "funny" about W7 ???
I'm not sure what the extra partition is for ???

I used an earlier version of Acronis ..
and had to make boot repairs with the W7 install CD before it would work.
The new version of ATI seems to work better ???
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23 May 2009   #7
cintra

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
I'm using Acronis to backup and recover W7 ... So far - it's worked.
The trial DL is fully functional for 15 days
It has the options to recover specific partitions and/or the MBR.

To get all the features in Macrium, that Acronis has .. The cost is about the same.
Thanks for your reply noyb

Which version of Acronis are you using?

I gave up on Acronis a while back after using them for image backup for years. They had so much trouble for a period.. it sounds as though they have got something right now if you have actually restored an image to Windows 7 and not had your MBR screwed up.

If you let me know the version I might give them a go. Right now I'm in the middle of the Repair Install.

mvh
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23 May 2009   #8
cintra

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by myzr7 View Post
Have you looked at this tutorial? It does say at the bottom that a repair install as suggested by Pogi would work if I am understanding what you need to do. Good luck to you. lm
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Thanks myzr7

I'm afraid the tutorial was a bit over the top for me today.

I have wasted hours updating OpenSUSE on another disk, with its Grub problems, and decided it was an awful waste of time. 99% of installation & updating is automatic, but that other 1% needs 99% of one's skills and time

So its OSX and Windows 7 for me now ..once Repair Install solves my MBR problem..

Mvh
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23 May 2009   #9
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cintra View Post
Which version of Acronis are you using?
I've never had a problem with ATI 11.8035 with XP or Vista .. Till W7 came along.

So, I'm using ATI H2OO9 in W7 .... Better Price.

Right now .. I'm using the downloaded trial ... with a key .. for W7.
I prefer to make the backups and recoveries using the ATI Boot CD
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23 May 2009   #10
cintra

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
I've never had a problem with ATI 11.8035 with XP or Vista .. Till W7 came along.

So, I'm using ATI H2OO9 in W7 .... Better Price.

Right now .. I'm using the downloaded trial ... with a key .. for W7.
I prefer to make the backups and recoveries using the ATI Boot CD
That's interesting.. perhaps I'll give them another try. I just asked their support to confirm W7 compatiblity ref. MBR restore, and we'll see what they say.

Repair Install is just finishing now, and I have an MBR again!

Will have to check whether or not W7 Backup Image restores ok too later

mvh
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