How can I backup the Master Boot Record?

A. The Master boot record on the hard disk used to start the computer (the system partition) is the most critical sector so make sure this is the sector you backup. The boot partition is also very important (where %systemroot% resides). You need the DiskProbe utility that comes with the Resource Kit.

  1. Start DiskProbe
  2. From Drives, click Physical Drive, and click on the drive that is the system partition (from the Open Physical Drive dialog)
  3. The disk clicked will be displayed in the Handle 0 section. Click "Set Active" and then click Close
  4. From the sectors menu click Read. Accept the default sectors of "Starting Sector" 0, and "Number of Sectors" 1.
  5. From the File menu click "Save As" and enter a file name.

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