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Windows 7: reflect updates

23 Jan 2011   #11
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Yep - only in Pro. I updated to the latest free Macrium last night and don't see that option (still only the Linux and BartPE options are showing).

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23 Jan 2011   #12

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alexm View Post
Also do I need to make a backup of system reserve If I have a recovery disk.
It doesn't make sense not to include it. It's a tiny partition added to the image set. Much of the time you won't need to replace it if it isn't damaged, but occasionally you will (eg. going to a new HDD). You have the option not to select it for reimaging if you choose.

If you use the free Macrium, the Hiren's Boot CD (v13) includes the Macrium pe capability as part of it's mini XP.
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23 Jan 2011   #13

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

In the Macrium Reflect 4.2.3141 Chanhelog it states...

" After a recent Windows update, the 'Other Tasks' > 'Add recovery boot menu' option stopped working in Windows 7. This has been resolved."

So it sounds like the 'Add Recovery Boot Menu' in Other Tasks has been in previous free versions of Macrium Reflect and the problem has been resolved.


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23 Jan 2011   #14

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

thanks to MITCHELL64 for the excellent link on ways to backup Images, but,WHS In post#4 referred to what my question was about. Also thanks WHS on the tutorial video clip on testing for a working backup. I will burn a new recovery disk
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23 Jan 2011   #15

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell64 View Post
In regard to backing up the System Reserved partition have a look at this tutorial;
You are referencing incorrect information.

The system reserved partition does not contain the MBR . This incorrect information confuses people when it comes to the basic BIOS boot process. When an imaging program (or anything correct) refers to backing up or replacing the MBR it is referring to the Master Boot Record which is physically located on the first 512 bytes of the HDD. It contains a small amount of boot code and the disk partition table.

The system reserved partition is totally different and has a totally different role to the MBR. It's key elements are the boot manager and BCD (Boot Configuration Data table).
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26 Jan 2011   #16

Windows 7 32 bit

When I did a test backup and restore using Macrium paid version trial to decide if I wanted to buy it, at the end of the restore it offered to copy the saved MBR to disk. I allowed it to do so. This produced the bonus of fixing my partition table which was hosed by another imaging program when it tried to make a backup hidden partition on the HD. The MBR restore is an option of the normal restore process. Only thing is they don't give the option to restore the MBR only. Guess they don't want people fiddling with it.

If you want MBR only backup restore you can hunt down single purpose utilities that do it.
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26 Jan 2011   #17

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
If you want MBR only backup restore you can hunt down single purpose utilities that do it.
This will do it
MBR Backup - Back up your Master Boot Record (Freeware)
Also a hex editor will work but it needs to read the physical (not just logical) disk.
Programs like Hex Editor Neo only provide this with their paid version. I use HxD, it's good and it's free.
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26 Jan 2011   #18
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I think Partition Wizard can rebuild the MBR too. It is in the Disk tab. Or are we talking about something different.
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26 Jan 2011   #19

Windows 7 32 bit

Addictive Tips highlights this one:

BOOTICE - Modify, Backup, Restore Master Boot Record & Partition Boot Record

I haven't tried it myself though.
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26 Jan 2011   #20
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

please forgive my ignorance, and help me to reduce it some - i may wear a guru badge but both my ignorance and confusion remain vast...

can somebody please explain, in relatively simple terms, the difference between an mbr and a bootloader?

as i understand, mbr = master boot record, and contains partition data such as size, location on disk, name, and which are marked as primary, logical, active, etc. each physical disk must have one single master boot record. (even if you don't boot off it?)

whereas a bootloader is os-dependent software which relies on mbr data to present a bootmenu at boot, such as bcd or grub. only the primary boot disk as defined in the bios needs a bootloader. the bootloader lives on the active system boot partition.

have i got this right so far? or does the bootloader 'live' on the mbr?

so when you restore the mbr in macrium reflect, it isn't the same as restoring the bootloader? and may still result in an unbootable system that needs to be repaired by other means?

if i've got that right, what does restoring the mbr do, if it doesn't also restore the bootloader?


as an aside, why do lots of people refer to the software as 'macrium'?

isn't 'macrium' a software company, and the program is called 'reflect'?
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