Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Macrium Reflect Free: does the MBR always get backed-up

  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit

    Macrium Reflect Free: does the MBR always get backed-up


    Hello,

    I have a question about Macrium Reflect Free, and dual boot...

    I have two installations of Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1), on two separate SSDs. Let's call one SYSTEM1, and the other one SYSTEM2.

    Let's say I have booted inside the SYSTEM1 Windows installation. Now I want to backup SYSTEM2, with Macrium Reflect Free. I load Macrium Reflect and select all available partitions on the SYSTEM2 disk (which are just two, the main one and a system-reserved one).
    By doing like this, will also the MBR (Master Boot Record) of SYSTEM2 get copied inside the Macrium image-backup? In other words, will Macrium Reflect always copy the master boot record (if available), even if the selected drive is not the one from which Windows is currently running?
    Or will the MBR get copied just with the option "create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows"? Probably not.

    I'm interest about this because it would be useful to do a backup of the MBR (together with the partitions), in case a virus infects it.
    Thanks.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    I don't know about "always" but in the instances when I used it that way it did, I know that because i have a dual boot Win7 and 8 and it preserved the order.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    You mean that you have a dual boot on two different hard disks?
    Thanks.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Afaik they still haven't added "MBR only" backup. But one "trick" you can do, esp. if you reformatted the recovery partition, is do a backup of a small partition as a "dummy." Then "restore" it when you really just want to restore the MBR. When you restore the dummy partition it will ask if you want to restore the saved MBR.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas B View Post
    You mean that you have a dual boot on two different hard disks?
    Thanks.
    Yes 2 different disks, Win8 on SSD and W7 on a HDD. I was experimenting with 8.1 (and had some troubles with it) so I had to restore Win8 partition few times ( with Safety Erase in between) and it returned MBR to the totally erased disk every time, otherwise it would not be able to boot from it, would it ?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Yes 2 different disks, Win8 on SSD and W7 on a HDD. I was experimenting with 8.1 (and had some troubles with it) so I had to restore Win8 partition few times ( with Safety Erase in between) and it returned MBR to the totally erased disk every time, otherwise it would not be able to boot from it, would it ?
    Did you create the Windows 8 SSD image-backup from inside Windows 7?
    And later did you restore the same Windows 8 SSD image-backup from inside Windows 7?
    Thanks.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I think you would be on the safe side if you made the image with the Macrium WinPE CD.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Macrium Reflect Free: does the MBR always get backed-up
Related Threads
I have 2 Dell laptops, bought at the same time, both same spec running Win 8.1. After several failed attempts and lots of forum browsing I finally managed to create a System Image on one laptop, using Macrium Reflect Free edition with the latest update. So I wanted to also do this on the...
I'm just been playing with free backup tools; Macrium Reflect and Aomei Backupper, and working out which works best for me for those times when you need to boot from a Recovery CD. I'm posting in case it helps someone else. I've been using a Toshiba PC which has 64-bit Windows 8...
Using Macrium Reflect in Software and Apps
This is how I do it. Works good. First install it. I have the paid Standard version: 45365 Then create the recovery environment:
I have an external drive with a substantial number of backups made from a Win7 laptop. My attempts to access these backups from a recently installed Win8.1Pro desktop result in "You have been denied permission to access this folder". This message appears after assigning a drive letter to the...
Seems the fly in the ointment for sticking an image on the Macrium Reflect Boot Rescue USB is that they want the USB to be FAT32. The 4 GB file size limit is a killjoy. Has anyone got around it? Right now I have backup images on another partition of my HD. But if partitions got badly hosed I...
Macrium Reflect Free BSODS in Software and Apps
W8CP 32bit in VMPlayer. Macrium Free installs correctly and apparently does an image of system and c correctly but when you reboot you get a BSOD. Page fault in a non paged area. The system reboots and tries again. Fails with the same BSOD then reboots into system recovery and recovers to an...
Macrium Reflect in Software and Apps
Anybody tried installing Reflect ? Back up your registry Hives first. LOL
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook