By Lily / Last update October 14, 2021

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 (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 backing up MBR in Windows10/8/7 is 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:

▸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.

▸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 Windows10/8/7

If you have realized the importance of MBR backup in Windows11/10/8/7, 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 the destination disk to store the backup image file. Then click “Start Backup”.

Add Disk


▸“Task name” allows you to set the 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, compression, encryption, splitting, etc

Step 3: Wait until the operation is completed. Click "Finish" to exit the interface.

Backup Finish

Advanced Settings

The free AOMEI Backupper has a “Schedule Backup” function included. It allows you to make a daily/weekly/monthly backup, and full/incremental/differential backup according to your needs. If you want to experience an event trigger or real-time sync backup schedule, you need to upgrade the standard version to AOMEI Backupper Pro, which is a more functional Backupper tool.

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.