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ok, I finally got it. It formatted the way i need to do it. That was the first step. Can someone help me what would i do next to make a copy of my MBR? Thanks.
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sure, why not, it only took you three days to format a floppy!

Look:

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&newwi ... gle+Search


Results: 12,700. Search took 0.22 seconds


or .. perhaps this is something you could use;

http://web.ask.com/web?q=copying+Master ... rc=1&ste=0
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I read the instructions on how to do it. They said when i put the floppy disk in and restart my computer. I will get a number of options. I do not get any options.
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Grrrrr,
listen you need to 'sys' that floppy so you can boot from it !

this is often done by being at the C:\ prompt and typing; sys a:

if I'm not mistaking,
I do not do this every day and it's been a while since I had any involvement with DOS stuff.

then from what I can see they recommend, you copy
DISKSAVE.EXE which enables a binary image of the MBR or Boot Sector to be saved.

DISKSAVE has to be run from DOS and so you will need to create a bootable DOS disk and copy DISKSAVE.EXE to the disk. To create a DOS bootable disk just use the command "format a: /s" from a DOS or Win9x machine.

Once you boot with the disk you will have a number of options:
F2 - Backup the Master Boot Record - prompts for a path and filename to save the MBR binary image.

F3 - Restore Master Boot Record

F4 - Backup the Boot Sector - prompts for a path and filename to save the Boot Sector.

F5 - Restore Boot Sector



don't know what to tell ya, i don't usually spend days on thinking about Boot Records.


if you did not do: "format a: /s"

but only managed to do: "format a:"
then I can only bet your floppy is not bootable.

try going back into FULL DOS mode and when on the C: drive

type: sys a:

I believe that will make a bootable floppy for you.

shoot me if I'm wrong ....


then reboot using that floppy,
then try the above where it mentions you should have some F-Key functions.

I searched my system and I can't find any DISKSAVE.EXE

so I have no idea what gives.

best of luck ...

if not - call MicroSoft head office.
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Steen wrote:
best of luck ...

if not - call MicroSoft head office.


Haha
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I really think he should stop spending all this time on thinking about MBR's and go out and get a girlfriend instead.

- just realized also that DISKSAVE.EXE is for NT only.

see:

http://www.windows2000faq.com/Articles/ ... leID=13754
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I really think he should stop spending all this time on thinking about MBR's and go out and get a girlfriend instead.


I don't know man, for some reason I think he would have alot of questions for his girlfriend too :) sorry couldn't resist haha.
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Well man. This did not work. I tryed sys a: and then format a: /s. I still get no options when i restart the computer with the floppy in place. Hey i can resist on this because i don't have to go far for a girlfriend. I have college girls that live next to me. Just think. On saturday i was sitting on the porch with them. If you guys want to know more please PM or i PM you guys.
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look I almost hit 'Next Thread' instead of 'Reply'
I wonder why ...

ok, the reason that you do not get the options is because
right now you only have a bootable disk by the sounds of it.

which means it will boot to an A:\ prompt as it should.

if you sys'd that floppy properly, you should have some system utilities on it ... but that's not what you are after.

reason there is no option for you to play with as in the F-Key as specified in some of the text we've been reading about is because,
the DISKCOPY.EXE was to be copied to the floppy,
however, I afterwards corrected myself explaining that's only to be had from an NT workstation OS.

you need a utilily on that floppy now in order to obtain
some options to manage your Boot Record.

Honestly, I'm trying to find the answer for you on Google
but i'm mostly running into places that promote disk utility programs
which require purchasing for usage and somehow that strikes me
as something we should not even bother to suggest to you.

I can only assume, this is not an easy task thus why I'm mostly
only finding disk utility programs to do this.

guess, others have tried before you and ended up writing appz for it instead.

there is something about Fdisk /MBR
but i would not try that as it's only for the MBR on the current drive,
and will update it or correct it on the C:\

mentions that you do not get an option to choose the disk to set the MBR for.

I'll do some more checking for you, however -
YOU ARE DRIVING ME NUTS WITH YOUR MBR !!!!!!!

Q - do you not have disk utilities like: Partition Majic or something ?
Q - what system OS are you trying to make a backup for the MBR for ?

< pulls hair from head >
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Honestly, I have a gut feeling we are going to get you to the part
were we have you backing up your MBR to that floppy and then,
we are going to have to deal with you asking,
why it says: not enough space on A:\

something tells me an image of MBR isn't going to fit on a 1.44 floppy.

Seriously !

Someone help me here - PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!
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Couldn't i put the image on a CD? or does it have to go on a floppy?
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from my knowledge, you can't burn a cd from DOS.
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Then, What should i do to fit a back up of the MBR on a 1.44 floppy?
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Wait ... I have to go get a f*cking stiff drink now !

we don't know what the size of it will be just yet,
let's get you backup up your MBR first,
then we'll deal with where you fit it.

btw - you sure them collage girls on the porch aren't interested in your bootable floppy ?

tell them it took you three days to make it and they may just be impressed and come back to your room.

then if I was you, I'd be talking them into backing up your MBR for ya ...

j/k

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ok... Are you going to help me back up the MBR now?
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stop complicating your life, and just use this product at the top of the list on this link.

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There was an error reading the physical sector. It told me to hit Ctrl+B to backup the MBR. An error reading the sector.
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of course there was...
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He's doing it on purpose !

... playing us at this point.
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Why would there be an error??
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because YOU did it.... i dont know of any other reason that this seemingly simple post would go to 4 pages long...
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i need some sleep... your stressin' me out sir...
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actually in all seriousness, check your bios and make sure there isnt a boot sector protection on the there that would cause the error
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I did not do it.
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There was nothing about boot sectors in my BIOS. and the answer is no. I did not make the error appear out of no where. I'm not magic to make an error... sorry it wasn't me.
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he just means that it seems you are having probs more so than someone
else might. Or at least, you're not really trying and hoping someone
will just give you the answer.

IMO, you should be going out to google or wherever else and searching
for the help you need. Obviously we are not up to par on helping you
the way you need.

This has gone on long enough, and it's not even helpful. :roll:
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Do you still have the box your computer came in ?
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I don't think i have the box. There is no way that are going to take back my computer. I will tell you why. The connector on my motherboard where my monitor plugs in. It broke off a while ago. So, I had to get a PCI Video Card. So i can plug my monitor in the video card.
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Dude, don't worry about backing up the sutpid MBR! It's pointless and stupid... If your computer ever screws up, just format it again. I mean who the hell backs up their MBR these days.

Use Norton Disk Edit, it does the job fine :D
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