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mbr windows vista previous versions option windows 7

by drago10029 / January 28, 2009 2:51 PM PST

I have a hopefully easy question.
First Im using vista Home premium 32-bit

I want to try windows 7 on my pc (not on virtual machine because I tried and the drivers will not install)

I want to know what info does the mbr contain in regards to booting hidden or backup partition (THE PC RESTORE IMAGES)???

At my bios I have the option to recover my hard drive, and I know installing a new OS will most likely diminish that. Will the "PREVIOUS VERSIONS" option on windows 7 return my hard drive, mbr, partiton tables, etc (EVERYTHING BACK TO HOW IT WAS?????)

will backing up my mbr be all I need to reconfigure those options in the future? Thanks to all in advance???

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by John.Wilkinson / January 29, 2009 2:23 AM PST

-> The "Previous Versions" option simply lets you boot into previous versions of Windows (Windows XP or earlier) which are currently installed on the system. It has nothing to do with the MBR, a restore/recovery capability, etc.

-> The restore partition should not be corrupted/deleted by installing Windows 7 to another partition.

-> Backing up the MBR does not protect against the corruption or deletion of partitions or their contents.

If you are worried about data loss, boot issues, etc, clone your hard drive using Acronis TrueImage, Norton Ghost, etc. The MBR is not the primary focus here.


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Backup Options
by drago10029 / January 29, 2009 10:03 AM PST
In reply to: No...

Ok, those are all good as I have heard much about them but do you have any free solutions. I am currently using macrium but the backup file is just too big. Any other recomendations.

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Not for cloning...
by John.Wilkinson / January 30, 2009 1:40 PM PST
In reply to: Backup Options

There are plenty of highly-rated backup applications, but when it comes to cloning I have yet to find a freeware alternative that provided the performance and reliability needed for such critical tasks. If you are looking for a serious insurance policy against data loss, it is well worth the investment.


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by drago10029 / February 4, 2009 2:17 AM PST
In reply to: Not for cloning...

point made, thanx for the help

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