[NO, I can't help you get your lost data back. Sorry]
For any backup program or routine to be totally effective, it must back up everything on the C: partition including the boot sector. After all, in many cases, you're going to be restoring to a brand new HD because your old one squeeled, screamed and/or smoked.
I've been at this for more years than I really want to discuss here and now, and I know from whence I speak. I could go on for pages about "Data Lost". Maybe we can do that another day in a different thread, titled "Horror Stories of Data Lost"
Any backup that can't do a full restore (on its own) is NO backup at all. It's worse than worthless because it gives (you) false hopes.
The best I've ever found so far, and believe me I've looked, is the Norton Ghost 2003, which can be easily run from a boot floppy disk or CD. It was originally written in the mid 90's by "Ghostsoft, Inc."
I've put it on a boot floppy with full mouse control, incorporating a full color (ansi) menu that allows me to do a full cleanup of my HD before I actually run the Ghost program to do the backup.
I save about 2 gigs of space by doing the cleanup before running Ghost.
I think it was written by little grey guys from "Out there somewhere".
Because, it's absolutely "Out of This World".
Anyway, it can be run from any type of boot disk (floppy or CD) and can read a FAT-32 or NTFS partition equally well. It can then write a true Image of your C: partition to any second partition, a second HD or even directly to a CD(s) or DVD.
For a Quickie backup I use Ghost to make an image to the second partition of my SATA hard drive. That takes less than 4 (four) minutes. Or to a partition on my Backup (IDE) drive. (5 minutes.)
Or to a DVD, (about a half hour).
When writing to a CD or DVD, Ghost asks me if I want it to put the Boot disk on the DVD as the boot sector.
When I say yes, it copies my whole boot disk to the DVD so when I boot up with the DVD, I see my boot disk, with my custom color menu.
If I'm going to restore to a brand new HD, like I have in the past, I boot up first with my ME boot disk.
From there, I can FDISK and format the new HD to verify its integrety before I do my Ghost restore to the C: partition. (I always create TWO partitions on every new HD that I set up. One for the OS and programs and one for STUFF, like pictures, music and anything I just want to Store and not have to scan and defrag all the time.) Control your STUFF,,,,,,don't let it control you!
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Y'all have a great day now, Y'hear?
Edited by KoanYorel, 14 May 2006 - 01:56 PM.