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Nov 8, 2011

How to Backup MBR in Windows 7

When your computer first boots up, your hard drive initializes by accessing its master boot record or master boot record  MBR. The place where this information is stored is called the master boot record (MBR). It is also sometimes called the master boot sector or even just the boot sector. The Master Boot Record (MBR) is the information in the first sector of any hard disk or diskette that identifies how and where an operating system is located so that it can be boot (loaded) into the computer's main storage or random access memory. The MBR contains information on the size and specifications of your hard drive's partitions. If your MBR becomes corrupted, then your computer will not be able to identify your hard drive, and it will not be possible to access any information on the drive or initiate your operating system. To avoid data loss, you can create a backup of your MBR. Although Windows 7 does not include native MBR backup capability, you can complete this task using MBRtool, a free utility. If you find some difficulties while performing any of the below mentioned steps on your own, then you can also take help from  online technical support  at their Toll Free No +1-877-452-9201 For US/CA.


•    Navigate your web browser to DIY DataRecovery's MBRtool download page. MBRtool is a freeware utility that can back up and restore your computer's MBR.

•    Click the blue download icon next to MBRtool on the download page. Save the MBRtool installation file to your hard drive.

•    Run the installation file to start the MBRtool setup wizard. Click "Next" to continue.

•    Read the License Agreement and click the radio button next to "I accept the agreement." Click "Next," as it appears, four times. Click "Install" to continue.

•    Insert a blank, writable CD into your computer's CD-R drive.

•    Click the radio button next to "Create Boot CD/DVD." Click " Go." MBRtool will create a bootable CD that contains the MBRtool utility.

•    Restart your computer and boot to the CD. Your computer will boot to a DOS command prompt.

•    Type "MBRtool" at the command prompt, and press "Enter." The program will start up and display the main MBRtool menu.

•    Type "2" and press "Enter" at the main MBRtool program menu to backup your MBR to a file. Type the name of the file to which you would like to save the computer's MBR and press "Enter." MBRtool will backup your MBR to the specified file.

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Microsoft Help November 22, 2011 at 1:29 AM

A backup of the Master Boot Record is often the best and most convenient way to repair the information so that the system can boot normally.. MBRFix is a command line tool for Windows, that can be used for lots of advanced commands that manipulate or process the MBR..

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