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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

26 Mar 2015   #1300

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

My excuse for not getting anything done today was to meet up with an old friend I haven't seen in two years.
- I am going to be bouncing off the walls for the next 72 hours ... all that coffee

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26 Mar 2015   #1301

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hmm coffee doesn't have that effect on me anymore I just drink it for the taste.
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26 Mar 2015   #1302

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP 1
Macrium Recovery question

I watched both the Macrium Imaging tutorial video (thanks, Wolfgang!) and Keith's Macrium Recovery tutorial video and I have a follow up question.

I was trying to do my Test Image restore, and as I went through the steps, I was never offered the option regarding whether I wanted to restore the MBR or not - it was just a Yes. Since I was restoring a partition that only contained data files, I didn't think it should have an MBR so I stopped at that point.

I have attached a PDF that shows the sequence of steps (not all of them, but the key ones). I have also attached a poor quality screen shot of the key point where it tells me the MBR will be restored.

Here's my question - am I supposed to restore an MBR in this situation? Or, if not, how do I prevent it?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Imaging with free Macrium-restore-mbr.jpg  
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File Type: pdf Macrium Rescue Test.pdf (933.7 KB, 195 views)
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26 Mar 2015   #1303
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Nah, You need not restore the MBR for a data partition. The only reason to restore the MBR would be if the pointer to the active partition (that's the one that has the bootmgr) would be corrupted. But that is rarely the case - at least I have never seen that.
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27 Mar 2015   #1304

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP 1

I didn't think I needed to restore it - but I couldn't find a way to tell it NOT to do so - I did not see a check box or link or Yes/No or any other way to select whether this happens.

Maybe I missed it ... this is my first time trying to do it, that's why I added the PDF with the 4 screen shots in it.

If you can tell me where in the sequence of the Recovery process this option is offered, I will go back through it and complete my test


As always, thanks for your help.

PS - if the fact that Macrium doesn't give me the choice about restoring the MBR is somehow related to the whole "two active partitions" thread that I started elsewhere (yes, I'm THAT one) then I'll go fix that first and then come back and redo this test with a fresh test image

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File Type: pdf Macrium Rescue Test.pdf (933.7 KB, 193 views)
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27 Mar 2015   #1305

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Looks like whs is offline right now, so i'll try and help.
When you click on Next in your screen print you'll get to the window where you can click on Advanced Options, and there choose to not restore the MBR.
The default is to restore the MBR, you have to select Do not replace.

Imaging with free Macrium-macriummbrrestore.png

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27 Mar 2015   #1306

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

Yes that's the way. I guess that the default is yes because you are usually restoring a system disk.
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27 Mar 2015   #1307

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit

This is one of the reasons why I preferred the Reflect v4 GUI.
The Restore Wizard exposed these various options, instead of relying on the user to discover the settings hidden behind tiny links.
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27 Mar 2015   #1308

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

That's interesting. I have just checked what my defaults are and it is "Do not restore". I wonder whether that is something I changed in V4 or V5 and it carried forwards or whether that is the default.
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27 Mar 2015   #1309
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I'm completely missing something here (or I'm just not awake yet). Why would anyone not want to restore the MBR? When I image my boot drive or partition (depending on the machine), I image the C: and MBR together as one image so, when I do a restore, I restore both. It's not like the tiny, little MBR is going to noticeably add to imaging and restoration times.
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