First time posting on the Community and thank you for any suggestions…
I made a backup of Win7 from an HP G72 laptop to my Passport Drive using “Odin”. At a point of hard disk replacement in the HP, I used Hiren’s BootCD to allow the XP PE environment to execute Odin from the passport to effect the restore.
The restore was a full backup image in chunk mode, (only actual data written + MBR of entire disk), in this case three partitions standard on the HP were image backed up.
When I started up the HP with the new Hard Disk I overlooked the fact that Passport USB was assigned C: as it’s drive ID and the backups were targeted to C:. No format of new HD had been done at this point.
When I committed the restore, Odin inadvertently allowed the C drive passport as source to become the destination from the assigned backup image and hence the restore overwrote the MBR on Passport and process died once the MBR was gone. I was a bit mortified Odin didn’t catch my goof in overlooking the drive assignments, but none the less I believe the entire data may still exist on passport or at least hopefully the HP backup image might.
Can anyone suggest if there is a hidden MBR backup on the Passport I might use to restore the Passport’s original MBR or is there a otherwise to access the rarw files located on the Passport which now believes the three partitions written are “raw” mode, when viewed from chkdsk.
This was the first and only backup on this machine which means I’ve lost the original windows install and recovery data as well if I cannot recover it, as the laptop comes with no OS disk, except the original drive image.
All help greatly appreciated.