XYMer's Home away from Home

When http://bbs.xlr8yourmac.com is down (i.e. always)
It is currently Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:26 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 2:57 pm 
Offline
Benevolent Dictator
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:03 am
Posts: 14361
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32591265


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 3:11 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 15, 2008 8:13 pm
Posts: 9168
Location: Caught between the moon and NYC
Quote:
Restoring a PC with its MBR deleted involves reinstalling Windows, which could mean important data is lost.
Image

No. No it doesn't.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 3:17 pm 
Offline
Benevolent Dictator
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:03 am
Posts: 14361
I didn't quite get that part.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 8:17 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 15, 2008 8:07 pm
Posts: 2373
Location: Inside Flatus Maximus
Meh. Windows recovery console -> FIXMBR -> FIXBOOT -> Restart -> GG.

_________________
Official Mac Tech Support Forum Cookie™ (Mint Chocolate Chip)
Guaranteed tasty; Potentially volatile when dipped in WWIII Forum Syrup®
Caution: This cookie bites back.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 9:59 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 15, 2008 8:13 pm
Posts: 9168
Location: Caught between the moon and NYC
MBR is basically the Master Boot Record. It's the first 512 bytes on an MBR partitioned disk. All you have to do is write 512 bytes to the first block and you've overwritten the MBR. It's trivial to not only do this but also do undo this.

More than likely the individual/group does more than just overwriting the MBR, so a reinstallation of Windows is necessary to undo the damage done (which is often the case after bad infections anyway), but the author didn't mention that, they seemed to imply you must reinstall all of Windows in order to write a 512 bytes to the start of a disk.

I mourn the death of technology journalism written by journalists who actually understand the technology they're covering. :fishsmack:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 12:11 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:09 am
Posts: 468
MonkeyBoy wrote:
Quote:
Restoring a PC with its MBR deleted involves reinstalling Windows, which could mean important data is lost.
Image

No. No it doesn't.


Yes. Yes it does ... if you Make It So... :lol:


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group