Copy MBR

  iqs 21:51 13 Jun 2008


Sometime ago I lost my PC's MBR,how I don't know.

Question,If this happens again,how to do I copy the MBR,and how would I re-install it?.


  woodchip 21:53 13 Jun 2008

What OS is it XP?

  woodchip 21:55 13 Jun 2008

You cannot lose it, it gets damaged or corrupt, the main MBR is at the start of the drive but a copy is put at the end of the drive for rescue

  iqs 21:58 13 Jun 2008

woodchip it is XP,so id it becomes damaged or corrupt,what is the best way to repair the MBR?.Cheers

  grey george 22:00 13 Jun 2008

If you use Norton Ghost or something similar you can image the whoel drive and then restore to that point. Even if you could just copy the MBR I am not sure that it does not change as your system evolves. Therefore if you used todays MBR as a restore in 18 months time, it may not work with any new installations you have made in the mean time. You would also need some kind of low level programme to write to disfunct drive.

You also need to be sure of why you lost the MBR in the first place, could be a virus or start of a failing HDD

use xp cd
click here
or ubuntu live cd
click here

  woodchip 22:12 13 Jun 2008

Start with XP CD then use and Command Prompt


  iqs 20:45 14 Jun 2008

for the advice,and links,cheers

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