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Windows 7: Macrium Recovery

06 Jul 2010   #11
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

There have been several updates since the last time I did a restore. Used to be there was no separate "restore MBR" option. They may have added it. The last time I restored the way it worked was you restored a partition, then at the end it asked you if you wanted to restore the MBR from backup.

It's been a feature request so perhaps they added it.

I would try Macrium Support forum search.

Macrium Reflect Disk Imaging and Backup - Support

edit: hmm, the only thing I found on it says something about Dell and system recovery partition, so it may not work with all setups. Also mentioned is bios may be a virus protection not letting the MBR be written. You may want to search for a dedicated MBR utility.

Anyway, I'm told other people can get on Bootland. Don't know why it hangs when I try to go there but for all things bootable try it:

http://www.boot-land.net/forums/


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06 Jul 2010   #12
seag33k

Win7
 
 

Thanks for the additional info! I guess I am just use to Acronis where you can recover a full disc from the recovery disc. I am using the linux based recovery disc for Macrium and not the windows based version so that one might have additional options that I don't see.
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07 Jul 2010   #13
seag33k

Win7
 
 

I ended up putting in the Windows 7 Install disc and chose to repair the system and it looks like it rebuilt the MBR for my install. I'll have to play around with where things got messed up this weekend.

Thanks for all the help!!!
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07 Jul 2010   #14
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seag33k View Post
I ended up putting in the Windows 7 Install disc and chose to repair the system and it looks like it rebuilt the MBR for my install. I'll have to play around with where things got messed up this weekend.

Thanks for all the help!!!
It sounded like you were going to have to do that, thanks for posting back.
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07 Jul 2010   #15
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seag33k View Post
I ended up putting in the Windows 7 Install disc and chose to repair the system and it looks like it rebuilt the MBR for my install. I'll have to play around with where things got messed up this weekend.

Thanks for all the help!!!
Yeah, those hidden system partitions can be a pita. They used to put the BIOS setup programs on those on some machines(maybe they still do.. I don't know) but lots of people went out and bought a new larger HD not knowing they can't just install the OS on it and it all comes up roses!! They didn't know you had to run an installer to put system setup stuff on the new HD. Mucho PCs no boot no more with new HD!! What an insane idea!!
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07 Jul 2010   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The regular Macrium lets you restore each partition individually.

There is no difference in the end result between restoring one partition and then the another, and selecting restore both together.

With Acronis and Paragon you can select several partitions to restore - they actually
restore one after the other, not simultaneously.


I don't think it had anything to do with the mbr executable code, which is very unlikely to be damaged and in any case you replaced it with the backup from macrium.

What error message were you getting ?

Or how far along the boot process did you get ?
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07 Jul 2010   #17
seag33k

Win7
 
 

I can't remember the exact error but basically it said it could not find the OS to boot. I think I screwed up the MBR when trying to do a restore with Macrium. Since you have to individually restore the partitions and I could not restore them all in one shot I may have marked one Active incorrectly and while troubleshooting restored the MBR incorrectly. It looks like the Windows 7 disc was able to restore the MBR and away I went!
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07 Jul 2010   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Operating system not found?

Glad you fixed it.
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08 Jul 2010   #19
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seag33k View Post
I can't remember the exact error but basically it said it could not find the OS to boot. I think I screwed up the MBR when trying to do a restore with Macrium. Since you have to individually restore the partitions and I could not restore them all in one shot I may have marked one Active incorrectly and while troubleshooting restored the MBR incorrectly. It looks like the Windows 7 disc was able to restore the MBR and away I went!
The OS disc repair function is a double-edged sword. It doesn't touch the partition table part of the MBR. It worked to your benefit in this case since you have multiple partitions. But if your problem is a hosed partition table, it won't help you. That's why it's good to have a utility that actually makes a copy of the MBR and can restore it when you need it.

Used to be easier in the days of Dos boot diskettes. You could pick up a free one or even write it youself since it just reads and writes one sector. But large hard disks made them obsolete. That and the fact nobody has floppies anymore so you have to adapt the ones that will work to booting from a USB stick. If you look hard enough I think there are still a couple out there though.
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