Glossary

Master boot record

Master boot record is the first physical sector of a boot device (floppy, hard disk, or CD-ROM, etc.) During the process of booting up the system uses the master boot record of the first device. It usually contains a small program-loader and a disk partition table. The program-loader uses the partition information (or a partition table) stored at the end of the sector to determine which partition is bootable, then attempts to boot from it.



Testimonials and User Comments


This is the first time I’ve ever written to a company to praise them on a product I have purchased, but in this case I felt the need to do just that. I own a small Video Production Company with three server type computers. Each has over 800 Gb of video RAID storage. Over the past three weeks I’ve been trying to get three editing systems with new motherboards and hard drives back on line so I could do work again. I had Norton Ghost 2003® and Powerquest DriveImage 7 to Image the old drives to the new larger drives. For three weekends now I’ve gone through the process with each software on each system of updating the OS drives with nothing but error messages, boot problems and crashes. Each computer had different brand or model hard drives, but all had the same new motherboards. I had written to both companies’ tech support staff and tried the fizboot, Windows XP Recovery CDs; DriveImage was tried with the copy drive feature and the image feature. In each case the software would create the image fine. The only problem was my computer wasn’t able to read it. I mean everything had been tried and only one of the three systems was even able to boot after all this. I was angry at myself mostly for tearing down all three systems at the same time, but I had done this before only new OS were installed on each. This time was different because I have hundreds of programs installed into the OS and wanted to image the old HDD to the new. Sounded simple enough.
I decided to search the web for possible third imaging software, even though I thought the problems were some little things wrong with equipment compatibility for each of the systems. I then came across Acronis True Image 6.0 and Acronis Migrate Easy 6.0 (with Acronis Power Utilities). I purchased both and tried Acronis Migrate Easy on each system to transfer the OS to each new Drive. Within forty-five minutes, all three systems were up and running again with no boot problems, no crashes and no errors.
There was nothing wrong with the compatibility of my equipment and nothing wrong with the install or partitioning of my drives. The problem was the Imaging software I was using!!
After dealing with Norton and Powerquest about their products and being made to feel like an idiot, all of the extremely tedious work and headaches, I had to write to you and praise Acronis for the fantastic products that actually "work as advertised" with no pain, and a manual that explains everything perfectly. Great Job! I will be an Acronis user from now on! The software seems to be written and tested (for Windows XP) so well, I’m looking into purchasing everything you have.
Thank You for getting my Company back Up and running again so easily!

Bill Prine,
Carolina Digital Media