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    Default MBR Backup - is it needed?

    MBR Backup Back up your Master Boot Record

    MBR Backup - Back up your Master Boot Record (Freeware)

    I don't think I've ever needed to restore the MBR - or more likely because I really wouldn't understand if it might have helped me in some situations

    Can someone please explain to me when/if it could be handy to backup the MBR?
    I'm backing up my computer with Acronis TrueImage for restore purpose.


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    Yes sometime viruses attack MBR that would fails the Windows to boot. So if you have a backup you we could restore that MRB to the previous state. If you like to know more about MBR check this article What is MBR? MBR Recovery, Repair MBR, Fix MBR. If the MBR is corrupted sometime the restore function won't really work

    Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt.Jack View Post
    Yes sometime viruses attack MBR that would fails the Windows to boot. So if you have a backup you we could restore that MRB to the previous state. If you like to know more about MBR check this article What is MBR? MBR Recovery, Repair MBR, Fix MBR. If the MBR is corrupted sometime the restore function won't really work

    Hope this helps!

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    How do I know it's the MBR that has become corrupted and not the system?

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    There is lot of tools but it's best to post the logs so Malware analyst can check that for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt.Jack View Post
    There is lot of tools but it's best to post the logs so Malware analyst can check that for you.
    First the MBR must become corrrupted which it isn't.

    What I don't understand is when I can know that it's the MBR that's become corrupted and not an install of e.g. a bad driver?

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    You power up your computer and the receive a blank screen right after P.O.S.T (Power On Self Test) completes. You may also receive the following messages:

    • Missing Operating System
    • Error Loading Operating System

    Possible Causes

    The master boot record could be corrupted. The master boot record is stored in the first sector of your hard disk. It is an important data structure that contains the code instructions to the the system on how to boot up to an operable system. In this case, when you power up your computer, the BIOS identifies the boot device and detects invalid information in the master boot record. Some viruses also like to attack this record causing the computer to malfunction during boot up. Hence, your system halts and displays a blank screen.


    Source:Troubleshooting Corrupted Master Boot Record (MBR)

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    Thanks, but when I clicked on that link this warning popped up:


    This is the very first time I've seen such a warning and I did not allow it. Waht happened?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt.Jack View Post
    You power up your computer and the receive a blank screen right after P.O.S.T (Power On Self Test) completes. You may also receive the following messages:

    • Missing Operating System
    • Error Loading Operating System

    Possible Causes

    The master boot record could be corrupted. The master boot record is stored in the first sector of your hard disk. It is an important data structure that contains the code instructions to the the system on how to boot up to an operable system. In this case, when you power up your computer, the BIOS identifies the boot device and detects invalid information in the master boot record. Some viruses also like to attack this record causing the computer to malfunction during boot up. Hence, your system halts and displays a blank screen.


    Source:Troubleshooting Corrupted Master Boot Record (MBR)

    Thanks, now I know I never have had a corrupted MBR but also what happens if I get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by japp View Post
    Thanks, but when I clicked on that link this warning popped up:


    This is the very first time I've seen such a warning and I did not allow it. Waht happened?
    Forget the warning. it must be some setting in your browser that does that. The link is a reputable site that was used hundreds of times on other forums. I never heard a complaint.

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