The MBR( the acronym of “master boot record” ) is located at the first sector of your hard drive, if it’s damaged, your computer will fail to boot up. Backing up and restoring the MBR is a simple process back in the old days, you can use the biosdisk() function in Borland Turbo C to read some amount of sectors from the hard drive to a buffer and then write the buffer to an external file, or read the content from a file to a buffer and then write the buffer to the MBR.
Nowadays, most disk imaging software can backup the system partition which contains the MBR for you, if, however, you are planning to install a new operating system such as Ubuntu on your Windows PC and you dislike spending dozens of minutes to backup the entire system partition, then the following utilities may help you.
This portable and slim application enables you edit, backup and restore the MBR (Master Boot Record) and PBR (Partition Boot Record) of your computer. The supported MBR types include: Windows NT 5.x, Windows NT 6.x, SysLinux, Grub4DOS, Plop boot manager, UltraISO USB-HDD+, UltraISO USB-ZIP+, Lvyanan. The supported PBR types include: Grub4DOS( FAT/FAT32/NTFS/EXT2 ), NTLDR boot record( FAT/FAT32/NTFS ), BOOTMGR boot record( FAT/FAT32/NTFS ), SysLinux( FAT/FAT32 ).
Additionally, it allows to active / hide / unhide / change ID / Format / Backup Partition table / Restore Partition table the partition you selected. It also offers you the ability to fill your logical or physical disk with specified byte, which will erase all the data on the selected disk.
Bootice supports Windows 7 / XP / Vista / 2000, it’s a 132KB download available from Softpedia.
HDHACKER is a lightweight and portable utility for Windows, it’s simple and has a straightforward user interface, you can use it to read sectors from disk( logical drive or physical drive ) or write sectors to disk. In addition, it can also be used to load sectors from file or save sectors to file.
This is a console application that is designed to save, restore and wipe the MBR, it can also hide / unhide / active / de-active / delete a partition.
MBRWizard works on all Windows platforms.
You can download it from Softpedia.