By Lily / Last update March 30, 2022

Introduction of MBR disk (backup)

As we all know, it is required to initialize a hard drive to be either MBR or GPT in the first usage. MBR and GPT are two different types of partition structure. Today, we will talk about MBR and explain why it is essential to backup MBR.

MBR Disk

MBR (short for Master Boot Record) is a special boot sector at the beginning of a disk, holding OS boot loader and logical disk partition information. It decides whether the system could boot up normally and successfully. If the MBR disk is corrupted by any drive errors, malware, virus etc, then all partitions, not to mention all the data, on this disk become inaccessible.

Why is backing up MBR in Windows 10/8/7 essential?

There is an old saying in IT that goes something like this: “You will never realize how important backups are until you need one but don’t have one”. Same apply to MBR backup. As stated above, MBR damage or corruption will lead to disk inaccessible issue and you will lose access to data inside, backing up MBR is essential. 

With the MBR backup, you can easily restore them instead of trying to recover the files from damaged drive. More reasons include:

  • Fast Recovery System: When the operating system (installed on the MBR disk) crashed suddenly, you can effectively restore the OS to the previous normal state with an MBR backup. That saves you from the time-consuming task of wiping out the disk and then reinstalling OS.
  • Upgrade Disk: The MBR disk backup could play a role when you want to upgrade the disk from old to new, small to large, or bad to good. When you meet such computer problems as “low running speed” and “low disk space”, you can fix it by upgrading the disk and restoring it with the backup.

How to create MBR backup in Windows 10/8/7

If you have realized the importance of MBR backup in Windows 11/10/8/7, then you might wonder how to back up MBR. Read on to get the best answers.

In order to back up MBR disk for enhancing the data security or some other purpose, you can try AOMEI Backupper, which is quite a powerful utility and can assist in dealing with all sorts of backup issues, like system backup. The most exciting part is that you can free backup MBR disk via AOMEI Backupper. Below are the step-by-step guides.

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Step 1. Install and open this software. Select “Disk Backup” under the "Backup" tab.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Select the source disk to be backed up and select a destination path to store the backup image file. 

Add Disk

✍Tips:

  • “Task name” allows you to set a particular name to distinguish it from other backups later.
  • Click the “Plus” icon can help you back up several disks at one time.
  • "Options" can be set as well, and it is optional. It includes comments, email notification and compression, etc.

Step 3. Confirm all your operations and click "Start Backup". 

Start Backup

Notes:✎...
Schedule Backup: The free AOMEI Backupper has a “Schedule Backup” function included. It allows you to make a daily/weekly/monthly backup. If you want to experience "event triggers" or "USB plug in" backup schedule, you need to upgrade the standard version to AOMEI Backupper Pro, which is a more functional Backupper tool.
Backup Scheme: When you perform a scheduled backup, the incremental backup method is selected by default. However, incremental backups require all backup files in a set to be retained, or you can't restore your backups. Therefore, you can choose the more convenient differential backup. And you can enable the automatic backup cleanup feature (available in paid versions), which will remove your old backup files periodically to save disk space.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, backup MBR Windows 10 is of great importance because there will be inevitable disk problems or data loss at any time. If you have backed up the disk in advance, you can easily restore the disk when something unexpected and horrible happens. What's more, it is recommended to create recovery environment with AOMEI Backupper so that you can restore MBR backup even when your computer refuses to boot.

The free disk backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard helps you complete MBR disk backup in just a few clicks, and it also allows you to backup your disk regularly. Download this software right now to discover more!