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Bootsect (the command formerly known as fixmbr), may enable your Windows 7 installation to start up from a CorruptVolume

  1. I am trying to back up my system partition to external media. The 3rd party utility I boot into refuses to get to work since it sees inconsistencies on the partition.
  2. I schedule a chkdsk /f /r from Windows 7 which on restart runs without errors.
  3. Upon completion, however, Windows 7 fails to  boot.
  4. CIMG0034I go in the Startup Repair, but System Repair tells me it cannot fix my problem, but offers System Restore, which I try twice, to no avail.
  5. CIMG0033Cryptic Error IDs 21200664, googling of which leads to nothing but MS System Engineers advising reimaging the system partition to the factory copy which would lose my 16 months worth of system customizations.
  6. I feel I have other things to do to research the innards of Windows 7. Faintly I remember that fixmbr used to get me out of fixes with non-starting XP installations. It has been replaced by bootsect /nt60 <driveletter>, and on top of that, it responds with an apparent failure “since the volume could not be locked during the update” (actually deemed likely harmless, or use /force).
  7. Windows 7 starts up. (WTH?! Check disk versus the master boot record?!)
  8. Now, am I supposed to use a 3rd party or a Microsoft tool for my system partition backup?
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