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Will partition image in ghost copy MBR ?

November 19, 2009 at 06:26:57
Specs: Windows XP

Hi,

I have a question about using ghost to backup my windows partition. I have 2 primary partitions, the first is a WINXP partition (C drive), the second is DATA partition (D drive).

If I use "partition-to-image" to copy my windows partition, then I install other windows eg. WIN7 into the first partition, then later, If I want to restore the WINXP partition into the first partition again. Will WINXP be back working ?

If I understand correctly, I should not have any problem if I use "disk-to-image" in ghost to backup the whole disk because it will copy the MBR too. But If I use only "partition-to- image", will ghost copy the MBR ? If not, I can guess WINXP should not be back working because WIN7 already rewrote the MBR.

Am I right?


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#1
November 19, 2009 at 06:33:29

personally speaking, I don`t recommend it...It`s always better to backup your data and to perform a clean install...I am talking about both Windows XP and Windows 7...

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#2
November 19, 2009 at 06:35:23

You are correct, disk to image will not copy the MBR. The MBR is stored outside of any partitions.

However it shouldn't be a problem. If you image the partitions then delete the originals any errors will be deleted and the MBR will be recreated correctly when you restore the images.

Any other errors should be fixed from the recovery console with FixMBR.

Stuart


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#3
November 19, 2009 at 14:23:28

Disk is normally a complete image of all partitions as opposed to single partitions.

Depends on switches maybe on version, you have those switches in command line or the gui.

You'd have to run it from floppy or cd as i don't think 2003 is supported in windows 7. Think I had trouble on vista with 2003.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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