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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

27 Mar 2015   #1320
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

@ Laurie

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Yes because the MBR relates to the physical drive not the specific logical drive
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The MBR holds the information on how the logical partitions, containing file systems, are organized on that medium. Besides that, the MBR also contains executable code to function as a loader for the installed operating system—usually by passing control over to the loader's second stage, or in conjunction with each partition's volume boot record (VBR). This MBR code is usually referred to as a boot loader.
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27 Mar 2015   #1321
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.1 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LaurieD227 View Post
That's the piece I was missing - I just didn't see that tiny link at the bottom of the Window.
This tallies up nicely with my earlier post .
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
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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28 Mar 2015   #1322
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I once took Macrium to task for confusing MBR and VBR in their documentation. I wonder if they have corrected it yet.
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29 Mar 2015   #1323
LaurieD227

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
@ Laurie

Quote:
Yes because the MBR relates to the physical drive not the specific logical drive
Correct

Quote:
The MBR holds the information on how the logical partitions, containing file systems, are organized on that medium. Besides that, the MBR also contains executable code to function as a loader for the installed operating system—usually by passing control over to the loader's second stage, or in conjunction with each partition's volume boot record (VBR). This MBR code is usually referred to as a boot loader.
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To steal from Professor Higgins, "I think [I've] got it!"


And if that reference isn't familiar, let me know


Thanks again
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29 Mar 2015   #1324
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The option is there in case you have changed it. You may a custom mbr, which is now different , so you may not want to overwrite from a backup.
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30 Mar 2015   #1325
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
The option is there in case you have changed it. You may a custom mbr, which is now different , so you may not want to overwrite from a backup.
A specific example of this would be if you made some partition changes since the system image was made. The new MBR will contain the new partition table and you don't want to restore an MBR with an old partition table.
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31 Mar 2015   #1326
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It shouldn't affect the partition table.
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31 Mar 2015   #1327
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It shouldn't affect the partition table.
Yes it will. The partition table is towards the end of the 512 byte MBR. If you change the partition structure after your last Macrium image then you can do a Macrium image restore but don't not change the MBR using the old one. If you do change the MBR then you will not be able to access any new or altered partition size and location. The MBR contains 2 main key components:
- Boot code
- Partition table information including size, location, active status etc.

Windows system imaging will definitely not allow you to do this but Macrium should. Mind you - I have not actually tried it.
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01 Apr 2015   #1328
LaurieD227

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It shouldn't affect the partition table.
Yes it will. The partition table is towards the end of the 512 byte MBR. If you change the partition structure after your last Macrium image then you can do a Macrium image restore but don't not change the MBR using the old one. If you do change the MBR then you will not be able to access any new or altered partition size and location. The MBR contains 2 main key components:
- Boot code
- Partition table information including size, location, active status etc.

Windows system imaging will definitely not allow you to do this but Macrium should. Mind you - I have not actually tried it.
If I think I might need to rebuild a damaged partition table on an external HD where a "resize partition" operation somehow got interrupted, am I right in assuming that Partition Wizard rather than Macrium is the right tool to consider?

(The HDD partition is not part of any image, and my assumption is that the only thing I could do with Macrium would be restore an MBR that has been saved as part of an image. I'm still trying to learn all these tools)
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01 Apr 2015   #1329
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Partition Wizard can recover lost and damaged partitions.
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