Recovery Guides: step-by-step DiskPatch operations:
Creating or Restoring a Partition State backup.

A list of terms used in this page and their explanation can be found here.

This guide describes a DiskPatch function in condensed form: if you need additional information, read the corresponding part of the manual.

 
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Why do we need to do this?

By creating backups for a number of important sectors on the disk you can be better prepared for potential disasters.
Let's say a virus destroys a boot sector in one of your partitions. As a result that partition would not be accessible anymore. If you had created a backup of that sector earlier you'd be up and running again in no time by restoring the boot sector from the backup. Another example is a damaged MBR, which would prohibit access to all partitions on the disk. Restoring the MBR from the backup is the easiest (and by far the quickest) way to get things back to normal.
Also keep in mind that it never hurts to create backups; better have one and never need it than the other way around.
 
Things you need to know before we start:
  • In the world of disks and data recovery we start counting disks at 0 (zero). So the first disk is 'disk 0', the second disk is 'disk 1', etc.
  • Use the cursor keys to navigate the menus, use the <Enter> key to select an option, use the <Escape> key to abort or leave a menu.
  • DiskPatch's backup feature creates backups for Partition Table sectors (like the MBR) and Boot sectors. These backups are kept on the disk itself, so you don't need to keep track of diskettes: any DiskPatch disk (or bootable CD/DVD with DiskPatch) can restore a backup. The backups are kept in areas that can not be reached by operating systems, so they're basically invisible, and can never interfere with day to day operations.

Here we go:

Start DiskPatch and select the disk.


example: your screen will differ. Find more information on how to select a disk here.

After selecting the disk, the menu will expand, showing actions that can be performed for the selected disk.
The selected disk will be marked in high intensity blue in the disk list (disk 0 in our example).

To create a Backup:

Select 'Utilities', then 'Backup/Restore', then 'Backup'.
The following confirmation screen will be displayed:

Select 'Yes' to continue and create the backup. Any existing backup will be overwritten. Backups are created for all partitions on the disk.
When finished, a completion screen will be displayed:

Press any key to return to the menu.

To Restore a backup:

From the 'Backup/Restore' menu select 'Restore':

DiskPatch will ask you if you wish to create an undo file (recommended), if this option is enabled.
Enter a description or leave the default suggested text. Press <Escape> at this point to skip creating the undo file (not recommended).

Press <Enter> to continue. The following confirmation screen will be displayed:

Select 'Yes' to continue and restore the backup.
When finished, a completion screen will be displayed:

Press any key to return to the menu.

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