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
I have used Ghost 2003 for my backups but always had problems with some of my 8 (!) computers. A few days ago I bought a Maxtor 80 Gb ext USB 1.1/2.0 hard drive. After wrestling for hours with downloads from Ghost and installing extra drivers from Ghost I finally got it to work on one computer. (Ghost works ok here most of the time, with partitions on the internal C: drive but last week one of my laptops lost the HD and of course the Ghost backup).
Ghost will not work with my old USB1 L10/10 Gb external hard drive.
After spending a few hours on google trying to find an answer, and reading Ghost horror stories, I came across Acronis True Image 6.0. After spending an other hour looking at reviews of that software I downloaded the Acronis software and put it on a cd. They have a special for $9.00 for users of Ghost!!!
Now get this! That software works on All of my computers and even the 4 year old USB 1 ,yes 1 not 1,1 ext hard drive. And it does it in Windows.
It is however not very fast but that is a minor trade off for me. The slow speed could be caused by my use of USB 1.1. I use XP, 98 SE, 2K. The recovery CD or 5 floppies will work on any computer or operating system or No operating system at all! So unlike Ghost you only need one recovery cd.
Look at the reviews in google, for $9.00 finally something that works! (At last for me)