Windows® XP MBR Backup
Need to backup MBR of Windows® XP and various tools that can be used
The master boot recorder (MBR) is a small program that is executed when computer boots up. It is a section of storage space on hard drive that is used for the maintenance of data needed to initiate a boot of the system. This program uses the partition information (or partition table) stored at the end of the sector to determine which partition is bootable (usually the first primary MSDOS® partition), and then attempts to boot from it. It is necessary to back up MBR of Windows® XP as there are lots of chances of MBR to become corrupted. The master boot code is the first program executed when you turn on your PC, and is often the target of a virus. When it becomes corrupted it might not be possible to boot up the hard drive at all. When it gets corrupted or damaged serious data loss will occur. MBR is easily affected by malicious code, becomes corrupted by disk errors, or might be overwritten by other boot loaders when experimenting with multiple operating systems on a host. So, backup master boot record is an essential backup step to avoid any unwanted circumstances or in case something goes wrong that messes up the MBR. It should be ensured that the backup copies must be able to restore back master boot record in the future.
The different tools available to backup MBR of Windows® XP system are as follows:
MBRWizard is a powerful utility for repairing all sorts of MBR problems. It is designed to assist MBR difficulties and system backup and recovery applications. MBRWizard is used to solve issues related with Linux®, repair partition, or simply safeguarding your system by capturing a backup of the MBR before disaster strikes. MBRWizard provides a DOS based version which can be added to a bootable floppy diskette.
MBRtool is a MS-DOS® program designed to solve the problems in the MBR of Windows® XP. It backs up, restores and manipulates your hard drive. It allows users to prevent data loss by backing up the MBR. The latest MBRtool is included in an easy to use boot diskette builder that will assist you in creating a diskette or bootable CD/DVD. MBRtool is a utility designed to backup, restore and manipulate your hard disk MBR.
MBRUtil is a utility tool to save the MBR to a file. It will also restore the contents of a file to the MBR. It can be used to save the first head (sectors 1 through 62 on most drives) to a file. It will also restore the contents of a file to the first head.
It is a utility tool that saves, visualizes, and restores the MBR, the boot sector, or any specified sector from any disk. An MBR and Boot Sector backup can also be useful for simple precautionary purposes. HDHacker acts as a protection wall against all types of loss due to virus attack, overwriting boot sector etc.